Joan Rivers has been blasted by a Jewish pressure group for a joke she made about German supermodel Heidi Klum’s daring Oscars outfit.
‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens’
said the 79-year-old – herself Jewish – before doubling over with laughter.
The veteran comedian made the comment about the Holocaust on Monday’s Fashion Police show on E! when reviewing the low-cut shimmering gold dress worn by the German beauty to attend Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood. Click below to read more…
The joke has attracted the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League, an organisation that combats anti-semitism, and says Rivers has trivialised an horrific event. ADL leader Abraham Foxman said:
‘Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better. 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.’
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.
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.’
Rivers has refused to apologise, claiming her her humour help to keeps the Holocaust in the public consciousness. She said:
‘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 humour.’
Joan’s husband, Edgar Rosenberg, was born in Germany but his family emigrated to Denmark and then South Africa in order to escape the Nazis.
They married in 1965 after he hired her to work with him on a screenplay. He committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs in 1987.
Joan Rivers poses with her husband Edgar Rosenberg and daughter Melissa.
Culled From: DailyMail UK