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Joan Rivers ‘Jews in Ovens’ Joke Isn’t Funny, Says the ADL

The Anti-Defamation League is demanding an apology

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: February 28th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Joan Rivers

Jewish comedian, Joan Rivers, is known for her controversial and offensive sense of humour. In fact, her role on E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ is to insult the talent, appearance, and life choices of various celebrities and public figures. However, a recent comment has sparked fury from the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman, and they are now demanding a public apology.

On Monday night’s episode of ‘Fashion Police’ Rivers delivered a “compliment” to German-born supermodel, Heidi Klum. Referencing a beautiful dress, Rivers states “the last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”

On Wednesday, Foxman released a statement calling the remark "vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans."

"There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo," Foxman continues. "This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory. It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to make a joke, but this is especially true for someone who is Jewish and who proudly and publicly wears her Jewishness on her sleeve," he continued.

"[N]ot one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence," Foxman says, in reference to Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osborne and George Kotsiopoulos.

The ADL sent an official letter to E! demanding Rivers issue a formal apology. The last time they sought out an apology from Rivers, she simply told them to “Shut the f—k up.”

This time around, she has not responded directly to the ADL, but did comment to The Hollywood Reporter, saying "My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor."

Related articles: Joan Rivers, Jews, Holocaust, Comedian, ADL, Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, E!, Fashion Police
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