Joan Rivers and Anti-Semitism
by Amber Maccione
Joan Rivers is probably my favorite comedian and it isn’t because we are both Jewish. I love the way she is blunt and just says whatever comes to mind. Hmmm… she is actually a lot like me (although I am not very funny).
However, Ms. Rivers is under fire for something that she said while hosting her Fashion Police show on E! T.V. this past Monday night. Joan was commenting on how Heidi Klum (a supermodel that was born in Germany) was dressed for Elton John’s Aids Foundation Academy Awards Party. Joan specific words were, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”
The joke has been considered anti-Semitic by the Jewish community and those that fight anti-Semitism such as the Anti-Defamation League's director Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, whom said that Joan’s comments were “vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors.” Joan, of course, defended herself by saying that she along with her husband are both Jewish and her husband himself was a Holocaust survivor.
Joan Rivers' Holocaust Joke
Did Joan Rivers go too far this time?
So, did Joan Rivers go too far? I don’t think so. I myself am a born Jew and I was not offended by what she said. Sometimes I feel that people like to just pick at others for things they say just to make something out of nothing. Anti-Semitic is an attitude of hate towards Jews. Joan Rivers made a joke; she was not attacking Jews or encouraging anyone to attack Jews. Why can’t we take things in history and make a joke? Joan Rivers’s joke wasn’t anti-Semitic. It was meant to relate two things that wouldn’t go together to go together in order to be funny. All who know Joan and her sense of humor would know that she wasn’t meaning to offend and is definitely not anti-Semitic.
So to those that are attacking Joan, I say: BACK OFF! Let’s find something more worthy of scrutiny than a joke that comes out of a person on the same side as you. I don’t hear any Germans crying about the joke being offensive (by the way, my father was part German) so why are certain Jews being so sensitive to something they know wasn’t meant for what they are trying to get people to believe.
- Joan Rivers under fire for Heidi Klum Holocaust joke | Names & Faces | Detroit Free Press | free
The Anti-Defamation League called the comments 'vulgar and offensive.'
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