After comedian Joan Rivers made an offensive Holocaust joke on the television show “Fashion Police,” the Anti-Defamation League quickly came out and called for her to make an apology.
On a Feb. 25 episode of the program, Rivers was commenting on a dress that German-American supermodel Heidi Klum was wearing. “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” Rivers said.
"Fashion Police" airs on the E! Entertainment Television network. The show was been rebroadcast on E! at least four times since it initially aired. Rivers laughed after making the joke, but has declined to speak about it since.
According to the Jewish Journal, the ADL issued a statement on Wednesday seeking an apology from Rivers for her “vulgar and offensive” remark.
The legendary female comedian is Jewish.
Abraham Foxman, ADL's national director and a Holocaust survivor, said in the statement:
This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves. Making it worse, not 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. Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it. It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of six 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.
Last year, Costco chose not to put Rivers’ latest book on its shelves. After that decision, Rivers compared the company’s policies in selecting books to those of the Nazi regime.
Source: Jewish Journal