A hot-button issue like the conflict in Gaza and an outspoken comedian like Joan Rivers may sound like a recipe for disaster … and apparently, it was.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rivers is being slammed after a video surfaced on TMZ.com in which Rivers said about Palestine’s conflict with Israel that the Palestinians “started it … You’re dead, you deserve to be dead.”
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking NBCUniversal to discipline Joan Rivers, THR reports.
Rivers, who made the comments in one of those frenzied sidewalk interviews with paparazzi, later said she had been quoted out of context, and added that she is praying for peace between the two sides.
The American-Arab group said it’s reaching out to other organizations that work with Rivers, including NBCUniversal, AMC and QVC.
“Rivers is a prime example of media actors either encouraging or obliging the dehumanization of the Palestinian people,” the committee said in a statement. “Her comments, in which she also says that all Palestinians should get nose jobs, make light of and intend to degrade the humanitarian crisis of which the Palestinians are victims.”
A representative for Rivers didn’t immediately return a request for comment, nor did the media companies contacted by the group, the story adds.
NBCUniversal owns the E! Entertainment network, which carries Rivers’ “Fashion Police.” AMC Networks is the parent of WE tv, the home of “Joan & Melissa.”
Joan Rivers on QVC