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Joan Rivers draws fire for jokes about Adele, Heidi Klum
Joan Rivers has never been shy when it comes to mocking celebrities, but her recent comments about Adele and Heidi Klum have caused the Larchmont native to get caught up in a maelstrom of controversy.
Rivers, who is scheduled to perform stand-up April 7 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, first drew criticism for her remarks about Adele while a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday. The 79-year-old comedian joked about the recent Oscar winner’s size, including puffing up her cheeks and extending out her arms to imply that the “Skyfall” singer is overweight. Rivers also ribbed Adele with the following joke:
“What is her song -- ‘Rolling in the Deep?’ She should add fried chicken.”
Rivers was in even more trouble after a Monday airing of her E! show “Fashion Police.” While discussing what the German-born Klum wore to the Oscars, Rivers made an off-color comparison to Nazis in the Holocaust.
The Anti-Defamation League was displeased with the comedian and responded with a statement published on its website. “Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better," the statement said. "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.”
In the face of criticism, Rivers was unapologetic about her remarks. She told The Hollywood Reporter, “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.”
Do you agree that Joan Rivers went too far in her comments about Adele and Heidi Klum and should apologize, or was it just Joan being Joan? Let us know in the comments.