Comedian Joan Rivers has no intention of apologizing for a joke she made about the Holocaust, CNN reported Friday.
Rivers, while appearing Monday on "Fashion Police" on E!, talked about the dress model Heidi Klum wore to the Academy Awards.
"The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens," Rivers said.
The Anti-Defamation League had called the remark "vulgar and hideous," but Rivers, who is Jewish, said it is her way of getting people to talk.
"It's a joke No. 1. No. 2 it is about the Holocaust. This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor," she told HLN's "Showbiz Tonight”, according to CNN.
When asked by host A.J. Hammer why she won't apologize, Rivers said, "For what?" She also said critics should focus on people who have anti-Semitic views and not someone whose late husband lost his entire family during the Holocaust.
"Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, said in a statement posted on the organization's website. "There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo. This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory."
This is not the first time Rivers has made offensive comments trivializing the Holocaust. Last year, when protesting Costco’s decision not to carry her book, Rivers compared the company’s policies in selecting books to those of the Nazi regime. Her response, rather than to recognize her error, was to throw it back at her critics with the remark, “Don’t talk to me about the Holocaust!”
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