Joan Rivers receives backlash following Heidi Klum Holocaust comment on 'Fashion Police'

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Joan Rivers has always been one to push the envelope, but this time the Anti-Defamation League is firing back saying she’s gone too far.

During Monday’s episode of Fashion Police Oscars addition, Rivers made what is being noted as an anti-Semitic comment, USA Today reports.

Rivers's comment was directed to German born model-beauty Heidi Klum, who donned a cleavage bearing gold gown to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Party. Rivers joked, "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens."

Following her comments, The Anti-Defamation League's director Abraham H. Foxman released a statement saying, “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.”

Continuing he adds, “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.”

Foxman is noted as a survivor of the Holocaust.

“There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo,” he presses. “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.”

The Hollywood Reporter states that Rivers is not releasing a formal apology. Instead she comments, “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."

The ADL has since issued a letter to E! Television president Suzanne Kolb insisting that the sharp tongued Fashion Police host issue an apology for her comments.

image: NBC Universal

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