The voice behind the unequivocally irritating Aflac duck, Gilbert Gottfried, has been canned by the insurance company following a series of ill-advised jokes he tweeted (quacked?) about Japan this weekend.
The original tweets have since been removed, but included a slew of crude slapstick cracks like, "I fucked a girl in japan. She screamed "I feel the earth move and I'm getting wet," and, "What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights." Yeesh! Guess you weren't tuned into the Nir Rosen/Lara Logan kerfuffle, Gilbert.
The jokes aren't too surprising coming from Gottfried, the man who prompted a mass of people yelling, "Too soon!" with a joke about the Empire State Building at a Friars Club roast three weeks after 9/11. But the painfully unfunny tsunami tweets struck especially close to home with Aflac, which does 75 percent of its business in Japan.
With Gottfried at large and Aflac in need of a new voice for its mascot, we can anticipate both Problem Child 4: Ducking the Parents and American Idol: Aflac Auditions in the coming months.
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