Chelsea Handler's Hitler parody on her E! late-night talk show ruffled some feathers this week, especially with the Anti-Defamation League, which issued a statement on the "tasteless, offensive" bit.
During Monday's episode of "Chelsea Lately," Handler's sidekick Chuy Bravo dressed up as the Nazi leader in order to, he claimed, celebrate Germany's recent World Cup win.
"I am dressed as Hitler as a joke, but I want everyone to know that he was a terrible man," Bravo said. "I love Jews."
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Later, the show's panel members discussed the costume.
"I’m a Jew, but I’m still glad Germany won," one of the panelists said. "It’s nice for them to have something gold that they didn’t pry out of my grandfather's mouth."
"While we try to give comedians leeway and do not believe that Nazi jokes should be completely off limits, this was an instance of taking a Hitler parody to the extreme," Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League national director and a Holocaust survivor, said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. "It was tasteless, offensive and hurtful, both to Holocaust survivors and their families and to members of the German team and all Germans."
"This Hitler parody in itself was tasteless," Foxman continued, "but Chelsea Handler’s references to it throughout the program and her connecting it with Germany’s World Cup victory took the joke way overboard."
Last month, Netflix announced a major partnership with Handler that will launch after she wraps "Chelsea Lately" next month. The comedian inked a three-tier deal with the streaming service which includes a stand-up special, a docu-comedy series, and the network's first-ever talk show.
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