SMH…do you agree with her views?
Via Business Insider:
American actress and comedian Joan Rivers, who in recent weeks has been defending Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in interviews, said in defense of her earlier pro-Israel rants that she didn’t want to hear about civilian casualties in Gaza, because “they started it.”
Rivers, who said last month that “you cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves,” said this week that “you’re dead, you deserve to be be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that” on camera to a TMZ reporter who told her almost 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the past month. (Israel says 750-1,000 of the dead are Hamas gunmen.)
The reporter, who spoke to Rivers at LAX airport earlier this week about her previous remarks, received another rant in response — more controversial than the last.
“Oh my God! Tell that to the people in Hiroshima,” Rivers said with dramatic flair when confronted with the Gaza death toll.
“Good. Good. Ask Colin Powell. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that,” she said.
She added, “They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low I.Q.s.”
Gaza’s Hamas government were “terrorists,” Rivers said, and were elected by a “lot of very stupid people.”
She said: “You can’t get rid of Hamas, you have to say you do not recognize them, they are terrorists.”
Of course the geriatric shock comedienne later back-tracked…
In a statement released Thursday regarding her exchange with the reporter, Rivers said her words had been “totally taken out of context.”
She clarified, “What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts. We, the United States, certainly know this as 69 years later we still feel the guilt of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
“Along with every other sane person in this world, I am praying for peace,” she said.
Uh huh. She had to backtrack after all that backlash, but we’re sure she meant what she said. What do you think of her comments?