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Gilbert Gottfried

Fired by Aflac

Over Japan Tweets

3/14/2011 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac from his gig as the voice of its duck mascot in the wake of his controversial series of tweets about the earthquake in Japan.

Gilbert Gottfried Fired Aflac
The company released a statement saying, "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 will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck."

Attempts to reach Gottfried were not successful.

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316.

housy    

Sure, there's freedom of speech, but Aflac also has the freedom to employ people with some common sense as well.
His comments were idiotic at very best, and obscene at worst. Beyond the classlessness of his comments, there's also the aspect that a HUGE part of Aflac's business is in JAPAN. Idiot. All those years working for the company, and he never learned- don't bite the hand that feeds you...

1262 days ago
317.

Aflac Stinks    

I will now boycott Aflac. Any company that fires an employee because of light humor should be taken off the S&P 500. You dont upset a great business model and iconic voices, personalities or just employees for petty stuff. He didnt kill anyone. He didnt make fun of them to their face. He just made a joke not a ballistic missle. I am tired of the goody goody gay losers out there who say " that;s so terrible for him to say that. Butch up and get a life.

1262 days ago
318.

Mechele smith    

Omg people it's jokes get over it and a thing called freedom of speech!!!!

1262 days ago
319.

Jake the Snake    

New flash...He is also very gay..

1262 days ago
320.

Jake the Snake    

Hear a news flash.. He is also gay..

1262 days ago
321.

dray    

I can't believe that some on here say that it is OK to make joke about the death people and the destruction of many communities is somehow OK, "just lighten up" these sick people say.

And this ridiculous comment: "Tastless jokes yes, fireable offence, NOT." Look you idiot, over 70% of Aflac's business is from the Japanese people. Do you even get that? It's not "AFLAC - never had it, never will," it's you that's as dumb as a box of rocks!

1262 days ago
322.

Patricia Miller    

So tired of people using freedom of speech to be tasteless at best and inhuman at worse. Just because you have the right to say something doesn't mean you should. And they were jokes???? Really????? Exactly what was funny about them? How anyone can watch footage of what is happening and think they were jokes, I don't understand. Maybe they are smarter, but I'll err on the side of being a decent human being.

1262 days ago
323.

shadow    

Who's gonna implode their Career next ?? lol Its as good a thing to bet on as any !

1262 days ago
324.

Anon. a. mouse.    

Aflac needs to pull that stick out of its poophole. Gilbert Gott"fired" is a comedian; just in case Aflac doesn't know, a comedian makes jokes. His firing is totally unjustifiable.

1261 days ago
325.

moffitt    

freedom of speech. people are going to say things to offend others. not saying its right but we are living in America and that's why we can say those things.

1261 days ago
326.

Tom    

Stop the 'freedom of speech' nonsense. He has it, he used it, and it wasn't the government that shut him up. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from punishment or justice. Read the constitution.

1260 days ago
327.

Patricia Miller    

Freedom of speech was quarenteed so people could voice their disconsent, anger, dissatisfaction with govt without fear of persucution. But if comedians need to use it to justify being out right cruel during a human disaster of this magnitude then so be it. It comes down to the kind of human being a person wants to be. If he can live with himself making jokes about a new girlfriend floating by and her being wet, then good for him. Just wonder where he would fit in Dantes'Inferno.

1260 days ago
328.

Dorsey    

HEY FREEDOM OF SPEECH ???
UP YOURS.

FREEDOM OF GOTT FIRED!!!

1258 days ago
329.

Heywood Jablome    

These are the offensive jokes that Gilbert the comedian tweeted that got him fired:

"Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

"I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, They'll be another one floating by any
minute now."

"Japan called me. They said 'maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they're all sinking.' "

"What do the Japanese have in common with howard stern? They're both radio active."

Maybe not the most sensitive thing in the world to do but
a) he's a comedian
b) we have always turned to humor to get us through dark times

Just because he can make light of it does not mean he is public enemy number one. Aflack over-reacted out of fear of losing money and showed their true colors. Their loss. Good luck replacing a one of a kind like Gilbert Gottfried.

1258 days ago
330.

Alexa    

What was he ever thinking? Outrageous!

1255 days ago
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