Unbelievable. That’s the one word I have for Gilbert Gottfried’s truly tasteless and insensitive jokes got that him fired from Aflac. I didn’t know this, but Gottfried was the longtime voice of the iconic (and extremely irritating to your ears) Aflac Duck (“AFLAAC!”).
With apparently no care or regard for the devastation that continues to pound Japan, Gottfried sent out a bunch of tweets on Twitter about the tragic Japanese earthquake and tsunami. And because the jokes were so horrible, Aflac fired the comedian. Aflac, which does 75 percent of its business in Japan, also plans to donate $100 million to disaster relief.
“Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a statement Monday, “There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”
Gottfried’s tweets had absolutely zero compassion in them:
“I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, “They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”
“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.’”
There were many more, some of which were extremely graphic in nature. Not only is it too soon to make jokes, I don’t think there will ever be an appropriate time to joke about the tragedy.
Gottfried has yet to apologize for the jokes.
To read more of his jokes and see a video clip of the Aflac duck, click here.