As people remember the life of Joan Rivers, Cathy Lynn Grossman of the Religion News Service reflects upon the Jewish cultural aspect of some of her humor. Grossman reports:
Rivers would say, “Comedy is truth. … You’re going to get what I think is the truth and it’s going to be raw.”
How raw? Last year she was called out for making a Holocaust joke at the expense of German supermodel Heidi Klum.
Admiring Klum’s Oscar gown, Rivers said, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”
Later, she told CNN: “It’s a joke. … That’s the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor. … My husband lost his entire family in the Holocaust, so let’s just start with that. Your generation doesn’t even know what I’m talking about.“
Go after the real anti-Semites, she said. She was equally fierce in support of Israel.
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