Are you there Joan? It’s me, Marc.
Joan Rivers did it again. You have to hand it to her. If anyone invented “free publicity”, it was her.
She recently made a remark about Heidi Klum and the last time any German looked that hot, they were shoving Jews into the oven.
The Anti-Defamation League (among many others) decried the comment.
Joan did her usual thing – get defensive, not apologize.
Here’s the thing. Firstly, it strikes me that I haven’t heard much about the insult this is to the Germans – I mean, it was a bold, in-your-face reference to Nazi Germany – a “don’t think we’ve ever forgotten!”
I am not about to get into the hotly contested and never-to-be-settled debate among creative types and others as to whether certain topics should be off limits or not. We all have strong opinions. I do think, though, that this 79 year old, strong, hard-working, ceiling-crasher of comedy could have taken a completely different route.
Are you there Joan? It’s me – Marc. You don’t know me. I think you have made a career being funny and being mean. I don’t think you have to. It makes me feel sad for you, actually. I mean – regardless of what your intention was, I am sure you can understand how people who have been impacted by the Holocaust – and there are thousands – could see your trivialization of that as something hurtful – all for the sake of a good laugh. I like to get a laugh as much as anyone, but, c’mon, Joan – get a clue.
The other thing is, and you know this better than most, people aren’t standing in line to “Friend” the Jew on Facebook. Get out of NYC (in your head) for a minute and realize that most people on this Earth get their views of what a Jew is from the very few they see or hear about in the media. If one of our own trivializes something like the Holocaust, is it not unreasonable to see why entire nations feel comfortable doing so and even denying it happened?
I know you’ll never read this because you’re Joan Rivers and I’m, well, I’m not. But in the event you do, really lay into me, would ya? I could use the publicity!