When Humor Hurts

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On Monday, comedian [Joy Behar likened] Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Adolf Hitler. Oops. Her co-host on “The View,” Rosie O’Donnell, was visibly stunned, though secretly we’re sure she’s thrilled that another funny lady has incite the wrath of daytime TV-watchers. Earlier this month, O’Donnell managed to offend the entire Asian community by using the term “ching chong” like 52 times in an episode following Danny DeVito’s seemingly drunken appearance on her show.

FOX News reports that the [Anti-Defamation League ](ADL), a Jewish advocacy group, issued a letter stating it was “deeply disturbed” by Behar’s comments, but, ultimately, implying that they weren’t huge Rumsfeld fans either. Go figure. Political analyst and Brookings Institution scholar Stephen Hess said, “Important people had better watch what they do and say in public. But she's not an important person …” Ouch. That’s pretty hurtful. I wonder what spokesman for what group will write a letter criticizing Hess for his harsh words. FOX News contributor Jim Pinkerton calls for Behar to apologize. I’m sure whatever she says will be more heartfelt that Rosie O’Donnell’s vow to repeat her insensitive comedy routine in the future. In the tight race to see who can make the most tasteless jokes,  we wonder if Rosie or Behar will win. I put 10 grand on [Andy Dick](http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-apology6dec06,0,4677514.story?coll=la-home-entertainment).

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