Joan Rivers: My Dead Palestinian Comments ‘Totally Taken Out of Context’

Joan Rivers is standing by comments she made about hundreds of Palestinians who “deserve to be dead,” while arguing that her words were “totally taken out of context.” On Thursday the comedian said of the civilians killed in Gaza, “They were told to get out, and if [you] don’t get out, you’re an idiot. At least the ones who were killed were the ones with low IQs.”

She later posted an explanation of her remarks on Facebook:

Previously, Rivers said that media outlets like BBC and CNN “should be ashamed of themselves” for airing what she views as coverage that is biased against Israel. “The Palestinians — you cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves,” she said. “They started it.”

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