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Joan Rivers

A thriving industry has been built around bullying.

As if enduring high school weren't enough, women must continue to be pushed around by the Fashion Police force.

Chief Joan Rivers cracked herself up mocking Adele's weight during a guest appearance on the Late Show, saying that her song Rolling in the Deep should include fried chicken. As for the singer's nervousness before her Oscar performance, Rivers said: "She was saying, 'My throat, my throat! I don't know if I can swallow!' and I said, 'Oh yeah, you can swallow.'"

Just like many a revenge dream centres around seeing high-school mean girls get their comeuppance, perhaps now we can dream about Rivers finally getting hers. Commenting on Fashion Police about the Oscars dress worn by Heidi Klum, Rivers said: "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens."

Needless to say, the Anti-Defamation League was not amused.

"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," said the league's leader, Abraham Foxman.

It's high school all over again. Except now, the mean girls are all grown up and a TV network pays them to be crude, rude and repulsive.

Here's a thought. If we didn't watch, those TV networks would stop giving bullies a platform. And then we might have more credibility when we try to crack down on bullying in schools.

-- David Connors

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 J12

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