Jeffrey Ross arrived for the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr yesterday dressed as Joe Paterno and accompanied by two young boys in only Penn State helmets and a towel.
To many, though, this get-up was actually NOT the most offensive act by the comedian during the event.
Still wearing his costume, Ross took to the podium and addressed a red-haired Seth Greene with a clear reference to alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes:
“Congratulations,” Ross said to Green. “This is actually a really big night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora.”
To a mixture of boos and scattered applause, Ross then added: “I’m kidding! You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember.”
Zing... ouch... and totally inappropriate?
Ross' attempt at humor came a week after Dane Cook also made a stand-up joke about the incident, although at least Ross focused his quips on Holmes. Cook actually made fun of the victims.
Still, even Roseanne herself said afterward that Ross "crossed the line," adding: “But comedy is about moving the line… And where is the line in a country that has freedom of speech? Maybe there isn’t one.”
Do you agree? What do you think of Ross' jokes?