Arab-American Group Wields Boycott Threat Over Joan Rivers' Palestinian Barbs

Arab-American Group Wields Boycott Threat Over Joan Rivers' Palestinian Barbs

Joan Rivers refuses to stay silent regarding the current Israeli-Hamas fighting. Now, a group claiming to represent Arab-Americans wants to silence her media voice via her employment ties, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking NBC to discipline Rivers, highlighting a quote the comedian gave TMZ about Palestine’s conflict with Israel: “They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead.” 

“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.”

The group says it has reached out to the organizations doing business with Rivers — including NBCUniversal (whose E! broadcasts Fashion Police), AMC (parent company of WE tv, which broadcasts Joan & Melissa) and QVC (which sells Rivers products).

The group is aghast over Rivers’ nose job jibe, but the comment included the following addition: “Because once somebody has had a nose job they won’t fight ’cause they’re scared their new nose would get broken. I think we should send over every great Jewish plastic surgeon doctor, fix their noses, and there will be peace in the Middle East.”

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