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The Anti-Defamation League is slamming Joan Rivers’ Tuesday stunt at a Burbank Costco, in which she called the chain’s decision to ban her new book the “beginning of Nazi Germany.”
On Tuesday, the Fashion Police host, who thinks that Costco banned her book I Hate Everything ... Starting with Me because of racy jokes on the back cover, handcuffed herself to a shopping cart and told customers “Costco should not be like Nazi Germany...Next thing they'll be burning the bible.”
She also told KTLA that “People should have the right to have the literature they want...This is the beginning of Nazi Germany.”
The ADL issued a statement Friday criticizing Rivers’ comparison as “inappropriate.”
“While Joan Rivers may be right in criticizing Costco's decision,there is simply no comparison between a private company's choice not to sell a book and the policies of the Nazi regime that engaged in the systematic persecution and slaughter of millions of Jews and others during the Holocaust," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in the statement. He also said that such jokes only “trivialize the Holocaust” and are offensive to survivors.
Rivers, a Jew herself, responded to the statement, telling TMZ, “My husband lost his entire family in the Holocaust...My comment reminds people of the Holocaust because half the people now don't even believe it ever happened."
“Germany is where banning books started, and it can start here just as quickly,” she added.