Natasha Leggero Cracks Pearl Harbor Joke, Refuses to Apologize

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Natasha Leggero ended 2013 in controversial fashion.

But she's starting 2014 by standing up both for herself and stand-up comedians everywhere.

On New Year's Eve, the former Last Comic Standing judge joked about a SpaghettiO's Tweet from December that read: "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us."

Quipped Leggero to Carson Daly: "It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew."

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From there, as you might expect, the Twitter backlash grew swiftly and furiously.

One user referring to Leggero as a "vile human being."

However, Leggero refuses to back down. She took to Tumblr in response to the criticism and wrote the following:

I'm not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O's too much to bear?

Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.

With comedians and humor outlets often apologizing of late for scandalous remarks - from The Onion backtracking from its Quvenzhane Wallis joke to Tracy Morgan making amends for a homophobic rant - many in the business applauded Leggero for her stance.

Tweeted Amy Schumer: "I loved @natashaleggero 's Joke on New Years Eve. #itwasajoke #sheisacomic #selectiveoutrage."

Seth Rogen, meanwhile, added: "#FF @natashaleggero because she's funny as fuck."

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