Mon January 14, 2013
Anti-Defamation League Criticizes WHAS's Mandy Connell 'Yellow Star' Remark
The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing WHAS radio host Mandy Connell for controversial comments comparing potential gun control measures to the Nazi regime tagging Jewish Germans.
Last week, WFPL reported that during a heated on-air interview with Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, Connell said Second Amendment advocates should be concerned about further regulations.
The radio show host added citizens should be worried about an "overly intrusive government" similar to Nazi Germany.
"Things like (U.S. Sen.) Diane Feinstein requiring gun owners to register if they’re already a legal gun owner," Connell said. "Why don’t we make them wear yellow stars as well? Why don’t we tag everybody?"
In response, an ADL spokeswoman told LEO Weekly the comments trivialized the Holocaust.
"While reasonable people can disagree about gun control policies, comparing firearm policies to the Nazi’s practice of forcing Jewish Germans to yellow stars is offensive," (ADL Regional Director Nina) Sundell says. "Inappropriate comparisons and references to the Nazis and the Holocaust trivialize the suffering experienced by those who perished and causes further pain to Holocaust survivors."
Sundell also hopes that WHAS realizes the severity of this offense and takes future actions to ensure that such comparisons are never made again.
"ADL would always hope that when something like this happens, people would take a step back and realize the pain that it causes and refrain from using similar painful analogies in the future," says Sundell.
According to LEO, WHAS programming director Kelly Carls says Connell will address the controversy at the beginning of her radio show Tuesday.