Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Let Them Near Mel Brooks

From the San Fran Chronicle: Comedienne Chelsea Handler has upset Jewish leaders after dressing her chat show sidekick Chuy Bravo up as Adolf Hitler for a TV skit.
Officials at the Anti-Defamation League were not amused when the Mexican entertainer poked fun at Germany’s World Cup win by appearing as Hitler on Handler’s “Chelsea Lately.”
A statement from Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director and a Holocaust survivor, reads: “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. 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, 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.”
The problem with Handler is that she is not Jewish, because if had been, Foxman would have been quiet.
Take Mel Brooks for example, he parodied Hitler and made Jewish jokes in his movies quite often, like this, from The History of the world, Part 1:


  1. Actually Chelsea Handler IS Jewish. Or rather, her father is Jewish, her mother was Mormon, and she was raised Jewish.

  2. The problem with Chelsea Handler is that she is not funny.