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Joan Rivers, 79, has caused quite the controversy during ‘Fashion Police on E!
After the Oscars, while discussing Heidi Klum, Ms. Rivers stated that “the last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into ovens” in the dress she wore for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood. After making the joke, Rivers doubled over laughing.
While Klum does look pretty fucking incredible, Rivers choice of words has been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization that combats antisemitism.
ADL leader Abraham Foxman said: ‘Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better. This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves.
‘Making it worse, not one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence.
‘Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it.’
He continued: ‘There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo. This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory.
‘It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to make a joke, but this is especially true for someone who is Jewish and who proudly and publicly wears her Jewishness on her sleeve.’
Joan Rivers has refused to apologize and believe it keeps the Holocaust alive in societies eyes. She said: ‘My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor.’
UPDATED: Friday, June 15th at 10:30 AM – Since the photo of Berlin’s ‘Forest Boy’ has been released, friends and the apparent step-mother have come forward saying he is, in fact, 20-year-old Robin VH. According to the step-mother, Robin left his home and was last seen on September 2nd, 2011 near Hengelo.
A school friend told Dutch broadcaster NOS: ‘I am certain that is Robin. He had personal problems and that was his way of beginning a new life.’
Robin had told authorities that his father had died in the woods, when he was actually still alive. Ironically, shortly after he left his home, Robin’s father did pass away and he was unaware because he had no contact with anyone from his past life.
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 13th at 2:02 PM – The first photo of Ray has been released in an effort to find out more. Apparently there is still skepticism as to whether “Ray” actually lived in the woods for 5 years or not because he seems to be adapting to technology rather well. He is also well-kept as far as his nails and teeth are concerned. Authorities are hoping that someone might recognize the young man’s photo and be able to offer them some answers.
A young boy about the age of seventeen, had arrived at the Berlin City Hall on September 5th, with only a rucksack and a sleeping bag. This blond hair, blue-eyed, English-speaking, athletic boy had said that he had been living in the Woodlands in Germany for 5 years, with his father, Ray.
Apparently, the boy and his father had going into the woods after his mother, Doreen, had passed away. They stayed in a tent for a while, but when it got cold, began to make dugouts. The young man had set that his father told him to head North to Berlin if anything were to happen to him, which is what led to the boy’s arrival. He told authorities that his father had passed away about 2 weeks earlier and he buried him under a stone.
Again, this boy was speaking fluent English and knew very little German. He was also very healthy for having lived in the woods for nearly five years. Although they haven’t yet discovered the boy’s identity, they are currently looking into it as well as checking the Missing Person’s Database.
I am looking forward to hearing more about this and whether it’s actually an elaborate plan for the kid to get away with murdering his parents and starting a new life. Either way, I am very intrigued and plan to find out more.
Austria’s new Fritzl: Father kept two mentally ill daughters as sex prisoners in one room for 41 years
An Austrian man is being investigated after locking up his two daughters in a room for 41 years and repeatedly sexually abusing them in a case which matches countryman Josef Fritzl’s in its depravity.
Police today confirmed the horrific details of the case in St Peter am Hart, near Brannau – Hitler’s home town – close to the German border.
The two mentally ill women were both banned from contact with the outside world and were only allowed in one room of the large property.
The extended isolation has left both women severely psychologically traumatised and both are now in care.
The man’s wife, who died three years ago, apparently knew about the abuse but had been too scared to report the matter.
But the horror story came to light when the man, now 80, fell over and banged his head while trying to have sex with the older of the two women, who is aged 53. Her younger sister is 45.
He had apparently been immobile for two days before a social worker called to check up on him and discovered him lying on the floor.
Police believe that the women had been beaten and sexually abused since 1970 and forbidden all contact with the outside world.
Public prosecutors in Ried confirmed that both of the women were psychologically disturbed and were receiving medical attention.
The father has been released from hospital and allowed to go into a care home but was not remanded in custody because police believe there is no danger he will try to flee.
The case echoes that of fellow Austrian Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape, incest, enslavement, and false imprisonment of his daughter Elisabeth over 24 years in Amstetten.
Fritzl had lured his daughter into a cellar he had prepared to keep her in and after locking her away pretended she had run away from home and joined a religious sect.
He fathered seven children with her, as well as one miscarriage, and was also found guilty of negligent homicide for not trying to save the little boy.
Natascha Kampusch, now 23, was also kidnapped and kept against her will by another Austrian, Wolfgang Priklopil, for more than eight years.
She managed to escape the cellar where she was being held in Vienna in 2006. Her kidnapper then killed himself.
It was barely noon in early December, and the sun was already setting as Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler touched down in the Swedish mining town of Kiruna, a few hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. A pale pink line underscored the horizon. Snow lay in pillowy drifts and weighed down the branches of the pine trees. Packs of huskies, lean and feral-looking, filled the crisp air with impatient yelps. Bundled up against the stinging cold, Landreth and Kessler clambered onto a waiting sled and, with a polite cry of “hey” from the driver, the dogs surged forward.
One evening earlier the couple, both 22, had stood on a stage in New York’s West Village for what was described as a “wedding and rehearsal cocktail,” at which they’d met their European counterparts— a lesbian couple from Poland and a gay male couple from Germany. The Europeans had married earlier that day on a Stockholm-New York SAS flight that was billed as the world’s first same-sex in-flight wedding, the result of a contest designed to exemplify Sweden’s progressive values. Also in attendance were around 30 reporters and the Swedish celebrity Efva Attling, best known in Europe for a hit 1981 pop ballad, “The Two of Us,” there to present each of the newlyweds with rings inscribed with the words from here to eternity from her eponymous jewelry line.
To celebrate their new status, the Europeans were promised a flashy menu of Brazilian blowouts, spray tans, nail appliques, and a visit to Christian Bale’s favorite spa (minus Christian Bale), courtesy of the New York City and West Hollywood tourism boards. By contrast, Landreth and Kessler would enjoy their conjugal rites in Sweden’s Icehotel, where the temperature doesn’t rise above 21 degrees Fahrenheit—so frigid that guests have to sleep in Arctic sleeping bags.
Needless to say, the Brazilian blowout has yet to reach Jukkäsjarvi, population 519, but no one travels to this small one-street town on the banks of the pristine Torne River to be pampered. They go for the Northern Lights and the ice (occasionally the ice goes to them—Jukkasjärvi’s talented ice-smiths supply pop-up ice bars as far afi eld as Tokyo and Dubai). Sometimes they even go to get married. “It was always going to be a destination wedding by default,” said Landreth, who had been discussing marriage with Kessler since last June. “But we’d always of thought Connecticut or D.C.” They didn’t anticipate their journey would involve sled dogs or a wedding banquet consisting of reindeer stew.
For their wedding night, the lovebirds chose a room inspired by the movie Tron, installed by British designers Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones. The overall impression was of being trapped in an Atari video game. “We both embrace our inner geek,” said Kessler, adding that he and Landreth, students at UNC Chapel Hill, bonded over repeat viewings of Shaun of the Dead and Clerks 2. Similarly unfussy, the couple wore their snowsuits and boots during the ceremony. “We are here to celebrate love,” local minister Lise-Lott Wikholm told the congregation, before delivering a reading from Saint Paul. “It felt, in some senses, very binding,” said Kessler afterward. “We wish everyone we knew could have been here.” And with that, he and Landreth were ushered into a sled and driven off to their frosty honeymoon suite by two reindeer lucky enough to have escaped lunch.
I love that gay marriage is now going global! It has been such a long and hard battle for gay couples to first gain rights as individuals, but now be receiving rights as a couple too. This is a huge step in the right direction for the gay community. The more marriages we see, means the more people are willing to accept the fact that gay couples are here to stay and will continue to fight for their right…to marry. Congratulations to the happy, and cold, couple!