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Critics: Joan Should Cry a River over Crude Holocaust Joke

Rivers, as usual, laughed at her own so-called joke
Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers .

Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers .

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has castigated comedienne Joan Rivers, whose husband’s family lost many family members in the Holocaust, for a “vulgar and offensive” joke on her show the day after Sunday’s Academy Awards Viewing Party.

After German-born supermodel Heidi Klum arrived at the Oscars in a revealing dress, the New York Daily News reported that Rivers commented, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” Rivers, as usual, laughed at her own so-called joke, and she later refused to apologize after ADL president Abraham Foxman  scolded her, saying, “Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better.”

Rivers didn’t miss a beat and defended herself by replying, “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.”

Foxman was aghast. “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,” he said.

Rivers and the ADL have gone head-to-head in the past. Last fall, The ADL criticized her for angry remark aimed at Costco for refusing to sell her book, “I Hate Everything…Starting With Me,” by declaring, “Germany is where banning books started, and it can start here just as quickly,” she said at the time.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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25 Responses to “Critics: Joan Should Cry a River over Crude Holocaust Joke”

  1. Joan Rivers is a totally egocentric prima Dona.

  2. Joan Rivers sounds like the stupid old woman she is. Until she gets a voice lift she should keep her pie hole shut.

  3. Tasteless, pointless, HILARIOUS.

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    I guess her facelift was pulled so tight it strangled her brain.

  5. Alan Kardon says:

    Only a sick mind would find this hilarious. I hope they don't give you a gun permit.

  6. Ned Goldberg says:

    Someone should listen to all of her Ann Frank jokes on recent video. pretty "over the top!"

  7. Ned Goldberg says:

    Someone should listen to all of her Ann Frank jokes on recent video. pretty "over the top!"

  8. Bernhard Rosenberg•6 hours ago −.

    While it was inappropriate and in bad taste, she is Jewish and no ANTI-Semite.Joan Rivers has been supportive of Jewish philanthropic and social causes and is a former Hadassah Woman of the Year. In her books, she makes reference to Jewish holidays and rituals, as well as very trenchant and witty remarks about American Jewish social phenomena—including the Catskill Mountains Borscht Belt, where she performed early in her career. I have heard many of her monologues and she has made such statements before.

  9. Alan Kardon says:

    Nobody should listen to her and maybe she will crawl back under the rock she came from.

  10. Who listens to old Joanie any more and why? Bad Jokes are not a worthwhile living any longer for her. Apologies are too lame and worn out.

  11. Fred Wood says:

    so sad, that a comedian of her quallity should stoop so low.i used to love her houmor, i don't think ill ever see her in the same light again.

  12. Sandra G. Jull says:

    Is she Jewish?

  13. Bella Tonini says:

    Hello?

  14. Stuff a sock in it, Joan.

  15. Shi Yuehan says:

    Oh, just Joan reminding Germany they sent her relatives up the chimney.lest they forget.

  16. Shi Yuehan says:

    Oh, just Joan reminding Germany they sent her relatives up the chimney.lest they forget.

  17. Joan Rivers lacks class, refinement and brains. Take it from where it comes…….she doesn't have the basic mental capacity to realize JUST HOW hurtful these comments are.

  18. A truly perfect comment !

  19. Too much cosmetic surgery seems to reduce blood flow to the brain.

  20. The Holocaust can no longer be about the brutality, the murder of 6 million, the murder of 1.5 million children, all the horrors that go along with it,”It needs to be about what these brave souls went through, what we can learn from it. We need to charter that into education about love, about caring. If we take from it only the horrors and the murders, that will destroy the relevance of the Holocaust.

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  21. Anonymous says:

    Rivers has always been vulgar, crude and gross. Now that she is an over-the-hill hag, with so much makeup that you need a knife to scrape it off, it is more pronounced.

  22. Meta Kahn says:

    Of course I mean JoanR.

  23. The only thing she has ever cared about is herself and her career. She is one of the originators of vulgar humor in her desperate need to bolster a career that has been dying for years but awful taste and sick chutzpa keeps her going.

    Jerome S. Kaufman

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