The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling a statement Joan Rivers made on her E! Entertainment Television show Fashion Police,“vulgar and hideous.” Rivers, commenting on a dress worn by German-American supermodel Heidi Klum, said, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”
The segment was first aired Febraury 25, and has since been aired at least four times. None of the co-hosts responded to Rivers' comment, and no apology was given.
ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement that "Joan Rivers should know better." He said her comments are offensive to "Jews, Holocaust survivors, and Americans."
"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," added Foxman.
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