According to Entertainment on Today, Feb. 27, comedian Joan Rivers is being criticized for fat jokes concerning singer Adele and for Holocaust jokes, which is a bit strange as the “Fashion Police” star is Jewish.
"I met Adele! Has she been on the show?" Rivers asked David Letterman, while puffing out her cheeks and holding her arms far away from her body to indicate a fat person. The audience soundly booed her. Rivers came back with, "Oh no! No! She's thin! Can we just talk to each other here?"
Not one to give in to a few measly boos, Joan Rivers continued the thread with, "What is her song, 'Rolling in the Deep'? She should add, 'Fried Chicken.'"
Then she made a crack at Adele’s former throat problems and, of course, added in her size. Joan Rivers said that Adele was upset about the live performance of her Oscar-winning song “Skyfall.” "My throat, my throat! I don't know if I can swallow." "And I said, 'Oh yeah, you can swallow,’" again holding her arms out to indicate a fat person.
And if that weren’t enough, Joan Rivers is in trouble with the Anti-Defamation League. They want her to apologize for a “vulgar and hideous” Holocaust joke. This time, it was in reference to German-born model Heidi Klum and, in a way, it was actually a compliment.
The ADL issued a statement saying, “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."
Joan Rivers hasn’t responded yet, but you can bet her response will probably be snarky and designed to offend more people. Wonder what she’ll say about the ADL?
And as for Adele, I hope she remembers that she’s the one holding the golden statue, not Joan Rivers, as she keeps churning out those hits and taking all that money to the bank.