Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of the AFLAC spokesduck, was fired after tweeting a series of tasteless jokes about the Japanese tsunami.
"Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them"Thousands dead and half a million homeless in a country devastated by natural disasters aren't laughing Gilbert. Then again, neither is anyone else.
"I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now."
Really bad taste. And when you consider that about one in four people in Japan are insured by...wait for it...AFLAC, thanks for insulting and creeping out a large number of your employer's customers, Gilbert! According to the New York Times:
Laura Kane, a vice president at Aflac, said on Tuesday the company had stopped running television commercials using the voice of Mr. Gottfried, including one that had been introduced only last week.
“We are re-voicing them temporarily,” she added, as the company makes plans for “a nationwide casting call to find a new voice for the duck.”
Aflac invoked a morals clause in Mr. Gottfried’s contract in dismissing him, Ms. Kane said.
The jokes can no longer be found on Mr. Gottfried’s Twitter account. He posted two comments there on Tuesday. In the first, he wrote, “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan.”
The second comment read: “I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
Too little. Too late. Maybe a nice big contribution to the Red Cross might be of more use than his apology?
Cross posted at Proof Positive