Oh boy. Gilbert Gottfried, the insult comic/ Disney cartoon actor/ sweet-Jesus-that’s-an-annoying-voice man behind the Aflac duck character, found himself without a job this week, as the Aflac insurance company fired him for making jokes on his Twitter account about Japan in the wake of last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
According to Us Magazine, the tweets, which have since been deleted, included such tasteful nuggets as:
“Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.’”
“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.’”
Aflac senior vice-president Michael Zunda had this to say:
“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 Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”
Gottfried was the voice of the Aflac duck for over a decade—but at least for now that scratchy voice won’t be screaming out of your TV set (unless you’re a big Problem Child 2 fan, who knows).