Justin Bieber Thinks Anne Frank Would Have Been His Fan If Not for That Whole Pesky Holocaust Thing

Considering that the Anne Frank House is probably the best-known attraction in Amsterdam, it's not unusual when visiting celebrities stop by. But when Justin Bieber went there yesterday, he didn't quite focus on the seriousness of the place.According to the museum's Facebook page, Bieber and his entourage stopped by, and the pop star left a note in the guestbook on his way out: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." A … [Read more...]

Joan Rivers Says She’s Allowed to Make Holocaust Jokes

Comedian/firebrand Joan Rivers (real name: Joan Rosenberg) recently made a joke that some Jews weren't super happy with. While doing Oscars fashion commentary for E!, Rivers commented on Heidi Klum's outfit: "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens." The Jewish watchdog group the Anti Defamation League (ADL) took issue with the joke and demanded that Rivers apologize, but she said no way. "My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and … [Read more...]

‘Mad Men’ Invokes a Jewy Sylvia Plath Poem

Last night's episode was titled "Lady Lazarus," which fellow lit nerds will recognize as the title of a famous Sylvia Plath poem. Several of the characters' lives had moments that seemed reminiscent of Plath's own, including a small but meaningful turn by Alexis "Rory Gilmore" Bledel (pictured) as a depressed suburban wife who quietly tolerates her husband's cheating. "Lady Lazarus" is full of religious symbolism - Lazarus rose from the dead, if you'll remember - and also references to the … [Read more...]

Mel Gibson Is an Even Bigger Anti-Semite Than Previously Thought

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite. But to the possible surprise of like five people, it turns out that the guy is also a Holocaust denier and believer in blood libel. Screenwriter Joe Ezterhas, who is responsible for the brilliance that is Showgirls, wrote an open letter to Gibson about their experience working together on the now-blessedly-not-happening movie The Maccabees. Here goes: I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is … [Read more...]

Shalom Auslander and Ira Glass Discuss the Holocaust in Book Trailer

Shalom Auslander has never shied from controversial topics. His book Foreskin's Lament was a humorous look at the Jewish ritual of circumcision, and his new book Hope: A Tragedy covers sadly familiar territory: the Holocaust. Here's a description: The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and … [Read more...]