Joy Behar’s defense of Gilbert Gottfried: ‘People in concentration camps made jokes about each other’

Many know what they’re going to get with Gilbert Gottfried – a crude, often inappropriate act, but one he has done well with for 20 years.

After making some “mean-spirited” Twitter jokes about victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Gottfried was fired by Aflac, where he had been the voice of the company’s duck mascot. Gottfried has since apologized — but received a curious defense from “The View” co-host Joy Behar.

On the Wednesday broadcast of “The View,” co-host Sherri Shepherd said Aflac knew what it was getting when it signed Gottfried, but wondered aloud whether it was too soon for jokes about the situation in Japan and what they were accomplishing.

“Yes, the company knew that Gilbert Gottfried is inappropriate,” Shepherd said. “But I think there is just this phrase called, ‘It’s too soon.’ And I don’t know if the company would have thought that somebody would have done it right when this was happening. And I understand what Joan Rivers is saying. Comedians — we can get inappropriate to make people feel better. The type of jokes that Gottfried was doing — who is that making feel better? The jokes were mean-spirited, so who was feeling better from the type of jokes that he was doing as a comic?”

That inspired the following response from Behar: In tough situations — during the Holocaust, even — a little inappropriate humor could be a stress reliever.

“I don’t know, maybe people who just need relief from the terror of it all,” Behar said. “I don’t know, but I’m sure people in concentration camps made jokes about each other, about the Nazis, about their situation. That’s the way people relieve stress.”


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Despite Shepherd’s skepticism, Behar held fast. Shepherd said in this instance, the victims should be off-limits because they didn’t have the chance to defend themselves:

SHEPHERD: You said people in concentration camps made jokes? I don’t know if they did or not.
BEHAR: I’m sure they did.
SHEPHERD: That’s people themselves making jokes about what they were going through. When we say kids are off limits, I think we say it for a reason because kids can’t defend themselves. So you’re making jokes about people who — they’re in a situation of terror. They don’t know what’s going to happen. They can’t defend themselves.

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  • johnnyu

    Joy is right of course. Just look at all the news reels of the beatings, murders, stolen children, starvation, and the liberation of the camps. There all splitting a gut with laughter. Theres so much humor there they couldn’t even stand up or walk. Funny stuff there Joy. What a 100% moronic idiot to even think something like that. Whats scary, she believes what she says. How sad of a state have we become (or they become). Lest we forget. You’ve got the Community organizer snubbing the Jews at every possible oppurtunity and now this crap. Sad indeed.

  • johnnyu

    That 300 lbs of chewed bubble gum liberal nut case couldn’t get a gig in a room filled with ducks. How and WHY is she on our airwaves. I do turn the channel but shes so brain dead she just hangs around like old luggage.

  • jonavark

    Why does theDC pepper an otherwise informative site with nonsense about complete idiots.

    I don’t care about Gootfried, Behar, that ANNOYING AFLAC duck which should be on a PLATE, or any other lefty idiots. Really DC.. show some class. This is tripe.

  • Raycheetah

    Gottfried has every right to be a tasteless jerk. It’s what he does for a living. Until it gets him fired, which is AFLAC’s right. Good luck to AFLAC in finding a replacement duck. ='[.]’=

  • Jungle Jack

    Auschwitz Prisoner #1: Hey, Goldberg! Have you heard the one about the Guard who beat a woman to death?

    Auschwitz Prisoner #2: No, what?

    Auschwitz Prisoner #1: That was no woman, that was your wife!

    Auschwitz Prisoner #2: Oy, Vey!

    Funny, Behar!

  • MrkSchutz

    Too bad we couldn’t send Joy Behar and Gilbert Gottfried to a concentration camp. Then they could make all the jokes they wanted and nobody would have to listen to them!!!

  • SAC crewdog

    Okay, let’s examine two phrases in her statements:
    “I don’t know…”
    “… but I’m SURE that…”
    From what dimension do people like this emerge?