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Joan Rivers won't apologize for Heidi Klum Holocaust joke

A little hyperbole about this dress was in order, to be sure.

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A little hyperbole about this dress was in order, to be sure.



You thought we were done with the Oscars, just because it happened a week ago? Not by a long shot, because the Anti-Defamation League is mad at Joan Rivers again because of what she said about the dress Heidi Klum wore last Sunday. There’s a lot of things we could say, that’s for sure.

“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” Rivers said on last Monday’s episode of E!’s Fashion Police, referring to the plunging neckline of the Julien McDonald dress Klum wore to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards party. That was sure to get a response.

ADL director Abraham Foxman was none too pleased, The Hollywood Reporter said, calling Joan’s remark “vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans” in a statement later in the week. “There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo. This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory,” Foxman wrote. “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.”

Furthermore, he said, co-hosts Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osborne and George Kotsiopoulos ought to be ashamed for laughing at her joke, and not standing up for victims of the Holocaust. Rivers, who told the ADL to “shut the f--- up” after they condemned her saying last August Costco was like “Nazi Germany” for not carrying her book wasn’t what you’d call intimidated by the group’s statement.

“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,” she told THR. Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide in 1987 after years of fighting clinical depression, which Joan also has joked about over the years. So she’s kinda had it with people telling her what to laugh at.

[Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 4:12pm]


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