It was announced yesterday that giant insurance company Aflac fired the voice of its spokesduck, Gilbert Gottfried, after it was discovered that he wrote tasteless jokes about the Japanese tsunami on his Twitter. R.I.P. corporate duck voice! We’ll hear you at the crossroads!
Most of the tweets attributed to Gottfried make light of the natural disaster in either a flippant or sexual manner. The tweets include this, posted at 12:33 p.m. Saturday:
“Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.’”
Another tweet, posted at 11:06 a.m. the same day, said:
“I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.’”
How do say “whoops” in Japanese?
Obviously, Gottfried should have shown better judgment. After all, as DJ Douggpound put it, it’s still too tsun’ to make light of the horrific events in Japan. Especially if you make (what I assume to be) an obscene amount of money advertising for a company that does a majority of its business insuring people in Japan.
However, Aflac might have seen this coming if they looked at literally ANYTHING ELSE GILBERT GOTTFRIED HAS EVER DONE*. I mean, they hired one of the most infamously raunchy roast comedians in America as their spokesduck. So it’s kind of weak to then fire him for acting like one of the most infamously raunchy roast comedians in America.
I’m not defending Gottfried. I’m just saying “Uh, no doi.”
Please feel free to pay your respects to the Aflac duck in your comments.
(* Except maybe Aladdin or Thumbelina)