Dear Gilbert Gottfried, THIS Is Why Aflac Fired You


Gilbert GottfriedDear Gilbert Gottfried: Apparently you just got fired from your decade-long gig as the annoying Aflac duck. Something about tweeting jokes about the tsunami and earthquake in Japan? Gil, here's where a traditional letter writer would tell you how sorry she is for your job loss. It's a tough economy. You've got two kids. The timing stinks.

But Gilbert, here's where I skip the niceties and tell you you're a jack*ss. Not for the tweets. Well, yes, for the tweets, but not specifically because you joked about the deaths of more than 2,400 people. Because you joked about dead people in Japan ... while working for Aflac.

Ever heard the term "don't poop where you eat"? That's what you just did Gilly old boy, dropped something foul (not to be confused with fowl) right in the midst of Aflac's money making territory. See, all it took was reading the company's annual report. Sure, it's boring. Full of numbers. Not a comedian's cup of tea. But a good employee's best friend.

Because if you'd bothered to do your homework about the company you've been working for for just about a DECADE, you'd know that the supplemental insurance company gets most of its revenue from Japan. Not some. Most. The people paying your salary are the very people who -- how did you put it? -- are "really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

And then there are your co-workers, you know, the other people who work for Aflac and have to listen to your ridiculous voice when they squeeze those stuffed ducks the agents hand out? About 5,000 of them live in a small country we like to call ... wait for it ... Japan! It was your fellow employees of whom you said, "What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights."

That's why your company -- or should we say your FORMER company -- donated $1.2 million to the International Red Cross this week to aid in the relief efforts. That's why you're out on your behind in the midst of a really bad economy. Because you're an idiot.

So Gilbert, you've gotten a lesson in how to be a better employee. But before we part ways, here's another one. For free, since I know you're out of work. Comedians can joke about things we regular folk can't because they're talented at making things funny. You're just talented at making a duck quack sound like a company name. Well, you were ...

Oh, was that not funny?


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2and2... 2and2onway

I am absolutely appalled at GGs behavior. This is no time for jokes, he deserved to be put out on his annoying ass.

DebaLa DebaLa

If you know anything about GG — he doesn't care. In fact, did it ever occur to you that after working for them for 10 years that he just MIGHT have *already* known who was buttering his employer's bread?... That MAYBE they were having contractual issues, so he forced the dismissal as so many do to get out of a contract... 'cause he doesn't care? It doesn't make him right in his choice of targets, which I find over-the-line even for him, but you are naïve to believe that he blundered without a thought. It's not like he's going on the dole after this.

MaggieCC MaggieCC

DebaLa - I was wondering the same thing - a good way to get out of a contract.  Surely, he isn't just that much of an idiot!

DebaLa DebaLa

MaggieCC, exactly.

He and his peeps are way OK with this. And I'm pretty sure he got a lot of [ahem] *flak* from fans (of which I am not, btw) for doin' the duck this long...

nonmember avatar Giuliana

Even more stupid to get out in this way, he is getting paid for what doing a duck voice when other comedians are struggling for getting a job? He got away with it but that doesn't make him a decent human being and he will have it back one day when someone jokes about his misfortunes too.

I prefer the normal version, the one in which he didn't know what he was doing, at least that makes him human!

Carolyn Brunelle

This is nothing more than a tasteless, ill mannered excuse calling himself a comedian. I've never treasured the so called "insulting humor" as a genre. GG is a prime example and if Amercians are not at all tickled by such disgusting gutterals as this, then he should be summarily "fired" with services no longer required. Oh wait...................he was.

nonmember avatar Daddyoh

Gilbert was being Gilbert! That's his schtick! What he said about the Japanese was very...very tame compared to what he's made fun of in the past! AFLACK knew what they had.

Jan Dumas

First off let me clear some thing up. Gilbert Gottfriend did not work for Aflack. He worked for the advertising company that worked for Aflack.

Secondly his firing was wrong! He was not making those jokes as the Aflack duck, he was making those comments as Gilbert Gottfried shock comic.  Think about it for a minute, if you are okay with him getting fired for making a joke, could the same thing happen to any of us. Make a joke on your personal twitter feed or on facebook and get fired for it.  I think Gilbert is histerical, I got that he was doing what he does best, making jokes that get you to laugh. 

The only reason people are commenting is that Gilbert was a public figure, who on his personal time, as himself he made a comment. It does not matter if you like or dislike him as a comic, as a person his firing was wrong. 

nonmember avatar bpipes

Gilbert's tweets about Japan are hardly his most "offensive" bits of material, if you happen to be the sort of person who is offended by comics. Remember, that is Gilbert's profession: comedy. At a time of tragedy, nobody with any sense is looking to comedians for moral guidance or inspiration. He's not a diplomat. His job is to make jokes, none of which he made in his capacity as the Aflac duck -- a farcical character who is clearly distinct from Gilbert Gottfried, the person and comedian whose material about various races and ethnicities is far more outlandish than his tweets about Japan. That has always been Gilbert's deal. Long before he took a gig with Aflac, Gilbert was offending as many people as he could. There can be no serious claim that Aflac thought Gilbert was a tasteful and appropriate social commentator prior to his tweets about Japan.

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