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Gilbert Gottfried Fired for Making Fun of Japan Disaster

Posted: March 15th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Gilbert Gottfried Fired for Making Fun of Japan DisasterSubmit Comment
Aflac company has severed ties with comic Gilbert Gottfried, who has been the longtime voice of their duck mascot. The decision to end the relationship came after Gottfried made a series of crude jokes about the Japan earthquake and tsunami on Twitter.

"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," said the company, which is now holding a nationwide casting call for Gottfried's replacement. "There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times."

Gottfried posted a total of twelve jokes in a span of 24 hours, despite the fact that over 2,400 people have died and over 3,100 are missing. Some of the jokes include:

* "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.'"

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

* "What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights."


50 Cent also found the Japan disaster hilarious and made similar jokes on his Twitter account, but has since called his comments "ignorant."

Source: THR


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telur writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:15:31 AM

Does anyone want hiring him now?
Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:17:44 AM

You know I know I am a unique group but I believe you need to stare what has happened to you in the face and laugh at it so you come out of the wreck standing tall. Sure mourn, but those dead probably wouldn't want you sulking over them. I'm sure not even the dead like self-pity that much. They won't those below to mourn and than remember fondly of them as they pass from this life to the next. And then back down here we laugh and make these jokes so that the next disaster doesn't frikkin' destroy us. It may sound strange, but laughing in any bad situation makes it possible to move forward and go for a better next day. This is simply on a larger scale.
The_Zizzler writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:01:49 AM

What a load of bullsh*t. Laugh and move on? Remind me to do that when your brother, mother, sister or dad passes away?

We've got people who have lost babies that have barely lived a life and whilst people mourn, your answer is to laugh and move on to deal with this tragic event.

There are many ways to express emotion and it can be done without crying and possibly done in a joyful and happy way but to justify this idiots comments on Twitter by saying we need to laugh and move on is truly heartless.

Cinemaisdead writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:24:14 AM

Over here in England as soon as it happens i got about 20 jokes flooding in to my phone. We deal with tragedy in that way, it doesn't mean that I'm not deeply upset by the whole disaster and seeing people dying on TV does really get to me but at the end of the day they're just words. Just a bunch of letters put together in a certain way, they can do no harm. I can understand perhaps if the families of the victims or people involved had seen the twitter accounts but will any of them be checking twitter? 50 cent is an un-educated c*nt anyway his songs ain't exactly political poetry i'd expect nothing less than ignorance on his part.
velocityknown writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:49:14 AM

@Sleuth and Cinema

I get what you guys are saying. But this is a little different than trying to laugh at a small isolated tragedy. For one because it's a terrible national event that has yet to end. In fact, it's looking like it won't be over for years with a possible nuclear meltdown and years of rebuilding. However, even if you put all that aside, consider that Gilbert Gottfried is not doing this to be like, "hey guys, let's just laugh about it and move on." He's doing it to be a straight d*ckhole.

He did this after 9/11 also and it wasn't funny then either. He does it for shock value, to remind people that he's still around, and it's not funny or edgy. It's just tasteless, especially when it comes from him.

Also Aflac started in Japan and still has quite large customer base there, many of whom I'm sure are using the benefits of the insurance company now.
Kurskij writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:49:33 AM

Of course it's best to deal with a tragedy with humor. Like "Hey, Jim there's your car floating!" "Well, I was going to get rid of it anyway".

But that's no f*cking humor when some monkeyfaced midget or anyone for that matter (Half-a-buck or whatever) makes those kinds of statements at these times.
boogiel writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:59:14 AM

Who's the duck now?
Cinemaisdead writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:38:45 AM

velocity- Yeah I was no way defending this guy or his jokes as they're going out onto a website that any one can see and obviously his fame will mean that more people can see it. I'm just an insensitive mofo.
d.stidham1982 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:41:04 AM

@ Cinemaisdead. ďJust a bunch of letters put together in a certain way, they can do no harmĒ What is that supposed to mean? They are called words and sentences which create a language which every single human being uses to communicate. Words canít do harm? Tell that to the armies that received orders from Hitler in WWII. Iím sure he used words to convey the torture tactics. Society has really slipped over the years. Words are powerful. Check the parliament or constitution that gives basic freedoms to humans. I would argue that there is nothing more powerful than words.
trailertrash writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:04:49 AM

^^ You should try a Glock to the Temple then.
trailertrash writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:13:40 AM

Gilbert Gottfried he's a Washed Up never been anyway, Who gives a f*ck what he has to say.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:17:57 AM

d.stidham- Well I'm sure the actual words didn't I think it was the guns and the soldiers that caused the harm. My point is that I can say what I want on a website or to my friends and it will have no effect on the world or any one involved in that disaster, the guy on twitter could get noticed by some people involved but its highly unlikely. Its just the media again over blowing everything even though they're just as racist and are the biggest sh*t stirrers the world had seen. You can use your "words" to feed and home the people that have been impacted by this devistation. Let me guess, you're American right?
thomas deadison writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:24:52 AM

What he said was in poor taste, sure... but that's hardly the point.
Immediately after Greg Giraldo died, Gottfried tweeted something like, "If Greg Giraldo is cremated, will that be the 'Greg Giraldo Roast'?" That was fine, despite upsetting a whole lot of folks, because that's exactly what Greg would've wanted. It was perfect.

This, however, is a little different. But that's who he is, that's what he does. These are the kind of jokes he's always made. Crass and offensive to rile people up. The fact is, Aflac hired a guy who says "How do you get a faggot to f*ck a woman? Fill up her c*nt with sh*t."
Rambo writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:27:43 AM

who hired him in the first place?
Cinemaisdead writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 11:21:20 AM

Its also funny how suddenly every one becomes politically correct when I bet every one here has got a text with a Japan joke on it and had a little giggle at it. I've seen all kinds "ism" in this website and don't condone it in any way. But I'm not gonna pretend I'm a saint either.
j-man writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 11:25:26 AM

I recently opened a cafe in japan.... It started out abit shaky but people are slowly drifting in.
j-man writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 11:26:26 AM

agree with cinema
Bunny X writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 11:32:11 AM

This is where the whole "too soon?" applies. I am all for making light of a situation but it is all about timing. I've heard my fair share of 9/11 jokes and they've been amussing. Had they been told while the tragedy was still going on, they would have been horrid.
Sure it sounds like hypocrisy but it truly does make a difference.
However with GG's antics, what he failed to realize is that the company he works for has about 75% of their business coming out Japan.
Pretty colossal bonehead move. There was no way he was keeping that paycheck. Moron.
And overall, it easy to make fun of a horrible situation when you have little to no connection with it. To this day, I don't think any jokes around the train bombing in Spain are remotely funny. I lost a good friend to that.
Again, I know my statements scream hypocrisy considering I found a few 9/11 jokes a bit comical, chastised Gilbert, and blasted any jokes around the Spain bombing but oh well.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 12:25:16 PM

Bad timing and bad taste. I doubt if he would have been joking if his child happened to be in Japan and he wasn't able to get in contact with him. Not saying the humor don't somtimes lighten a serious situation, just sayning that there's always a place and time for everything.

Big_Daddy writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 12:35:10 PM

@ Bunny X

The Spain bombing was awful but I wouldn't go all to pieces about it.

I lost a few co workers In 9/11. Trade floor Techs, Man they were a gas to be around. good times
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 12:42:45 PM

How ignorant and uncaring can some people be?
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 12:50:04 PM

Well...

http://www.neilsnotes.com/index.php?page=15&catid=39&sku=E-CD00251

So, what does Gilbert Gottfried and Japan have in common?

Answer: They're both washed-up.
otis writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 1:25:59 PM

Japan crisis aside, what are they going to do about that f*cking annoying duck?
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 1:30:08 PM

Whether you joke or not, the fact is all the tears and heartfelt sympathies won't do a damned thing to help the Japanese out. If your so worried and so concerned about it, either go offer voluntary assistance or send a fat check to a relief aid NGO. That's it in a nushell IMO.

People crack humor. That's how it goes. That's how I deal with the endless darkness, because if I got sad and miserable every time something awful ocurred, I would've slit my f*cking wrists ages ago and bled out in a street culvert.

Look, if I could flick my hand Houdini style and wrinkle my nose and make it all better for the Japanese, if I could give them back all they've lost, I would, but I can't, and I can't sit here and constantly feel bad for them because they aren't the only people with problems, they aren't the only humans hurting right now, and neither am I. It's a sh*t world full of misery, and you have to go on and if that means cracking wise about some tragedy, well do what'cha gotta do, because in the end, it's all just history any way.

And Gottfried is a d*ck, but he'd have to be a total monster not to care about the Japanese, and I just don't view him that way.
thomas deadison writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 1:36:34 PM

Exactly.

I don't find stuff like this offensive at all, because that's what it's intended to be. I do find blatantly ignorant sh*t offensive, though, like people who say that maybe this was all a "message from God" and Japan is being punished by God, Glenn Beck rhetoric, etc., because they truly believe in what they are saying.
rocketman writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 1:39:58 PM

Cinema is right about the jokes in England loads within hours.Same for any tragedy over here.
DeVries writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 1:45:44 PM

Shot yourself in the face next time 50 cents.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 2:29:01 PM

It's also important (for me anyway) to note that most experts predicted both natural gas and nuclear energy as the fuels of the future, for most of the world anyway, as oil dries up over the next several decades and as sun and wind and ethanol prove to be either outright boondoggles or wholly infeasible sources of major energy contributions.

(Fusion, on the flip side of nuclear technologies is either impossible or half a century away, barring some miraculous breakthrough in either containment or compression.)


Given the Japanese tragedy, expect a total freeze on building new reactors in the US and abroad. And that sucks for those hoping to get away from oil-based carbon consumption and OPECs corrupt oil cartels.

But back to the issue, even light-weight pebble-bed reactors, far safer than either Three Mile Island's of Chernobyl's reactors, are susceptible to radiation leakage if the core's exposed.

Good thing for the Japanese the reactors immediately shut down and they had a heavy containment shield. The situation could have been a lot worse immediately thereafter the quake.

I wish them the best, but as the old saying goes, wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which one fills up the quickest.
Blank x25 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 2:35:19 PM

50 Cent is still popular? Come on, America. You're better than that. (I hope)

Anung_un_rama writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 2:58:15 PM

bad taste man, not cool at all
ismokerocks writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:04:52 PM

i didn't even know he had a job
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:06:39 PM

Excellent slideshow of Japan 'Before and After' the tsunami, depicting the widespread devastation.

Some places are apparently still submerged.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42084187/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

Towards bottom.

(Notice the comment mentioning the contaiminated seawater, a consideration that evaded me. What are they going to do with all that irratiated seawater? f*ck, what a MESS!)

"50 Cent is still popular? Come on, America. You're better than that. (I hope)"

50 Cent was never popular within the mainstream, only with black minority youths, and only then relatively momentarily.

That's why the fool has to do the Dachau look these days just to get work.
TeemSelami writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:13:54 PM

lucky for the japanese they've never heard of either of these faggots
RoadDogXVIII writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:26:51 PM

I love Gilbert Gottfried. Just an unapologetic comic.

And if you think what he said here was crazy, I remember on the Howard Stern Show that he told a story where he was in the hospital dying almost. When he got better, he had a moment of clarity where he wanted to quit. All of a sudden, when a black nurse came in, he told her to "get out". That nurse would've injected piss in his IV for that comment.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:40:14 PM

In other news:

John Rundle, an expert on earthquake dynamics at the University of California at Davis, seems to believe Tokyo may very have a 8+ earthquake in it's future, as aftershocks migrate towards the city.

Bad, bad, bad news if he's right.
rabid writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 3:45:49 PM

Gilbert knows the best way to deal emotionally with a situation like this. He's a comedian and he's just doing what made him famous.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 4:02:58 PM

^^yeah, true, I agree, but what's Fifty Cent's excuse?
trailertrash writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 4:46:31 PM

He just wanted to be like Gilbert Gottfried
technoreaper writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 4:52:10 PM

What he said was absolutely terrible and uncalled for.
Zeroguy writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 5:42:04 PM

Timing is also a hell of a thing.
If he said these maybe a month or two after, they might have not been AS offensive to some.
But then they sort of some the essence due to appearing so late after the initial incident.
Zeroguy writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 5:42:25 PM

And that's why comedy is so much harder than drama.
velocityknown writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 5:50:46 PM

I agree that comedy is the ultimate cure for a lot of peoples' pain, but there are a few things wrong with this situation that is mostly inexcusable.

1) The timing. f*cking terrible. Like the day after, really? Let some time pass and then you can start in and maybe people won't get as pissed but I'm guessing while people are actually witnessing bodies wash up on shore everyday, they're not really ready to laugh at it.

2) I really don't think he's trying to help. I think he's trying to make something of a name for himself as a comedian who does this, but it's just tasteless. It's even worse because he's just doing it to amuse himself and not to help people get over it.

3) 12 jokes. In a row. Firing off as they came as if the whole world had to privilege to the brilliant thoughts coming out of his head. d*ck. Head.

I have no sympathy for Gottfried, I will avoid anything he does again because after this and the 9/11 jokes, because he has made himself out to be a person who cares only about him and the person he can create to better benefit him.
velocityknown writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 5:53:18 PM

And I don't think he has anything against Japan or anything, like that. I just don't think he cares either way, he took this as an opportunity to stir up some controversy and jumped on it.

Hope Japan can pull through this. 10,000+ ain't pretty though, and holy hell I hope they can stop that reactor from melting down.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 5:59:45 PM

Gilbert Gottfried made an inappropriate joke comparing the dead Japanese to corkwood, floating jetsam or a perhaps tasty ocean meal for a shark ?

Gee, who would have thought ?

*sarcastically*

Well, at least this might dissuade the Japs into taking surfing ... sushi .... waveriders .... oh, and nuclear reactors ...


"Oh God ... Uncle Hiro is floating out to sea! "

" Don't worry, young Chi ... he always wanted a burial at sea. "



Too soon ?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:01:10 PM

50 Cents found his comments horrendous ?

Gee, Fifty, we've always thought you were an irrelevant piece of sh*t.


... Too soon ?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:03:47 PM

What's the one name you would never expect on a floating Japanese corpse ?

Bob
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:04:24 PM

Wow. Japan took the whole concept of surf and turf a little too seriously.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:06:32 PM

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


... unlike the corpses
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:07:04 PM

A nun, a dwarf and a Jap come floating into a bar ...
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:08:06 PM

Guess Toyota will have to sink their stocks into building pontoon boats.
vaodsi writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:09:50 PM

it's easy to say MOVE ON when the tragedy didn't happen to you
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:12:42 PM

When Gilbert goes bald (and yep. You can see the receeding hairline), he can join the carny and go as the Jewish Dildo.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:13:29 PM

How many Japs can fit in a sub ?

45, after a tsunami.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:15:22 PM

minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 4:02:58 PM
^^yeah, true, I agree, but what's Fifty Cent's excuse?

@minkowski

A needed lobotomy
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:16:06 PM

Guess you won't hear any karoke bar in Tokyo playing " The Tide Is High " for awhile
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:19:55 PM

Funeral Parlors are met to capacity, unable to care for all the dead bodies that float in like corkwood ....

you know, if mass burial worked in Germany ....


too soon ?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:22:15 PM

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


Wait. Gilbert had a girlfriend ? What kind of girlfriend takes MasterCard or Visa to f*ck him and demands he leaves the tip on the chester drawer ?

Oh, he meant PROFESSIONAL girlfriend.

Way to go Charlie Sheen, Gilbert.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:28:37 PM

TRANSLATION!!!!

* the commentary is not the sole representation of Worst Previews, other commentors or anyone who cares about this dunderhead.


Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:17:44 AM
You know, I know I am a unique group (Nope. Morons are universal.), but I believe you need to stare (at) what has happened to you in the face and laugh at it (like the doctor at the abortion clinic did when you survived the euthenazia), so you come out of the wreck standing tall. Sure, mourn, but those dead probably wouldn't want you sulking over them (How the f*ck would they respond, gocheez ? They're f*cking DEAD.). I'm sure not even the dead like self-pity that much (Again, way to use that Uwe Boll school of stupid-logic). They won't (???) want those below (don't you mean above, Einstein ?) to mourn and than remember fondly of them, as they pass from this life to the next (What next ? Wormfood? Roach motels ?). And then back down here we laugh and make these jokes, so that the next disaster doesn't frikkin' destroy us (No ... we do it because we are either a sick sons o' bitches who have a dark sense of humor or we do it because we are bored by the mundancy of life). It may sound strange, but laughing in any bad situation makes it possible to move forward (Holocaust suvivors, have a good chuckle!) and go for a better next day. This is simply on a larger scale.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:29:43 PM

I plan to honor the Japanese tonight.

I'm going to a Sushi bar, ordering a large meal .... then chuck it up on the street on the way home.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:30:34 PM

Personally, I blame the quake on Al-Quida.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:32:17 PM

You know how they test vehicles on a secure roadtrack in those commercials with a simulated rainy street, to test their breaks ?

Toyota can test it's vehicles on flooded streets ... what a marketing coop!
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:33:12 PM

* "What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights."


... and a waterbed.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:34:25 PM

Gilbert Gottfried ...

like many Japanese dead, his career is floating out to sea.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:35:48 PM

"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,"

.... but NOW WITH DISNEY ???? f*ck that. Disney don't give a f*ck what Iago the parrot says.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:37:40 PM

SACdaddy writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 12:25:16 PM

Bad timing and bad taste. I doubt if he would have been joking if his child happened to be in Japan and he wasn't able to get in contact with him. Not saying the humor don't somtimes lighten a serious situation, just sayning that there's always a place and time for everything.



@SacDaddy

If his child lived in Japan, Gilbert would be wondering, " Which f*cking hooker did I bang this time ? "
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:51:46 PM

"If he said these maybe a month or two after, they might have not been AS offensive to some."

Because all those people wouldn't still be dead.

"I think he's trying to make something of a name for himself as a comedian who does this"

He already had a name before Japan, albeit not a very good done. I don't think he ever thought, hey, I'll poke fun at a sh*t load of dead Japanese and then my rise to fame will begin!

"12 jokes. In a row. Firing off as they came as if the whole world had to privilege to the brilliant thoughts coming out of his head. d*ck. Head."

Would you have felt better if he had only made 11 jokes? Or 10, or how about just one? Nah, I didn't think so.

Logic, folks. It's a hell of a thing.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:52:21 PM

" Gee, those floating corpses took the whole idea of Kamikaze a little too far! "
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:54:22 PM

Now .... if this was a wholesome comedian .... like,say ... Bob Saget .... I would've been pissed *said sarcastically*

... C'mon, this is Gilbert ...


The only shock and awe I have is that he didn't throw them out sooner.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:55:36 PM

If they knew the flood was coming, how come they didn't stock up on waterwings ?

I mean, sure .... they didn't have time to build an ark ... but f*ck ... waterwings ?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 6:56:22 PM

Guess when the lifeguard tells them to "get out of the pool", they'll take it a bit more seriously.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:12:55 PM

Let's just hope future reactor design incorporates new designs to reflect what's been learned from this horror.

I would suggest that whatever new reactors go online on the West and East coasts, they are constructed a minimum distance from the seaboard and off any major fault lines.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:23:39 PM

minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:12:55 PM
Let's just hope future reactor design incorporates new designs to reflect what's been learned from this horror.

I would suggest that whatever new reactors go online on the West and East coasts, they are constructed a minimum distance from the seaboard and off any major fault lines.

@minkowski

Agreed.

Aside from all the Jap, dead body and Gilbert Jokes ....

Once they are able to contain the leak and fix the damage, they can use it to learn from what had happened to see if redesign of reactors needs to be on the board.

Interesting Note : Prior to Three Mile Island in the late Seventies, noone considered safety as the main point of review for nuclear reactors.
Ranger writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:24:06 PM

@Blank - I don't know...

Some days you just can't get rid of a rapper.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:43:04 PM

"Interesting Note : Prior to Three Mile Island in the late Seventies, noone considered safety as the main point of review for nuclear reactors."

Yeah, reminds me of automotive safety design back in the day when a seatbelt was considered a luxury and having your head sliced like warm cheese in your car's windshield glass was just part of the fun of a day on the road gone horrible wrong.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:59:02 PM

"Some days you just can't get rid of a rapper."

You're way too generous, ranger. Every day is a good day to get rid of a rapper, preferably with a .357 Magnum.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 7:59:43 PM

"with a .357 Magnum."

One of my nicknames with the ladies. That, and Dirty Hairy.
jikae writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 8:39:26 PM

I agree in most part with the rest of you that laughter in the midst of tragedy is the best cure. However, we are dealing with a publicly traded corporation who's only focus is on the bottom line. And if they continue to keep him as their spokesmodel (even by voice only), the public backlash would be severe and there would be people who eventually boycott Aflac.
Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:04:17 PM

@Max Rockatansky Junior
You know what when someone interprets my statements with specific opinion like that it kind of ticks me off. And I'm not saying don't mourn. I'm saying mourn during the event and slowly learn to not let it haunt you. People are frikkin' sick because they make jokes about this stuff?! Are you kidding?! Deep down it tears them apart. What do you want them to do? Go shoot themselves! Some people have to joke about it because they can't translate that kind of pain. Not to mention all the crap that's happened this year(By the way for any 2012 nuts, it's called plate tectonic movements, not signs of the end) would numb people from all the pain if they try and laugh about it. Not to hurt anyone or anything, just to frikkin' find a way to cope. Some people, good people, are going to joke about it because being serious about it hurts, showing they do care. And by the way nice to throw a stereotype out about going to a sushi bar. Sushi here is nothing like the stuff in Japan! You're insulting them by having fake Japanese and saying it honors them. What are you going to tell me then huh? That eating a stereotype is considered friendly. I'm not saying you don't have points, but don't frikkin' go about ripping mine to shreds because you want to be an *sshole and say everyone is sick and perverted for joking about this. I can't tell you how many flippin' people have made Holocaust joes. Family Guy does it every other week and we laugh our asses off then. What I need to create a cartoon to do it?!
rabid writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:07:38 PM

@ minkowski

I'm less outraged about 50 Cent making fun of the Japanese, and more outraged that people are taking morality lessons from 50 Cent.
minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:12:41 PM

That's...a very good point. Morality lessons from Fifty Cent...what's next, abstinence lessons from Octo Mom?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:28:05 PM

minkowski writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 9:12:41 PM

That's...a very good point. Morality lessons from Fifty Cent...what's next, abstinence lessons from Octo Mom?


@minkowski

Either that or day care tips.

And contract negotiations with Charlie Sheen.

Spousal counseling with Shannon Price.

Anger Management with Mel Gibson.

Security Camera critiquing with Lindsay Lohan and Winona Ryder.

And witty repoirte with Sleuth1989
velocityknown writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:56:11 PM

@Mink

Jesus dude, you look for arguments like Gottfried looks for tragedies to exploit. I'm not saying 12 jokes was the cut off for me, I'm just pointing out the sheer number in the 24 hour time period was excessive and unnecessary.

To quote someone on this site, "Logic, folks. It's a hell of a thing."
batdump writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:57:13 PM

hilarious
batdump writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 10:59:43 PM

ppl need to grow thicker skin.
Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 15th, 2011 at 11:26:53 PM

@Max Rockatansky Junior
See don't know if you are talking smack about me or you're saying it is a witty bout of words. PLease answer because I don't want to get the wrong idea.
LEONCIO writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 5:22:00 AM

If your mother died and I made cruel jokes about it at her funeral (if she died of cancer I would make cancer jokes, if she died for a car accident I would make jokes about car accidents, etc...) because "that's a great way to deal emotionally with a situation like this", I might be wrong, but I guess none of you would think I'm funny but a cold hearted bastard. "Logic, folks. It's a hell of a thing."

Anyway I understand why some people may think it's funny to make jokes about tragedies that have not affected them personally, everybody has done that some time, but I also understand why some other people may think those same jokes are completely tasteless and unfunny, specially if you do it publicly just because you are an attention whore, so if the company that pays your checks thinks your jokes are bad for their interests since a lot of their customers are suffering said tragedies right now, then don't be surprised if you are fired.
The_Zizzler writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 5:43:03 AM

With regards to the whole "word" thing. I believe the greatest weapon in the world is your Tongue.

So there's no point in saying:

"Well I'm sure the actual words didn't I think it was the guns and the soldiers that caused the harm"

They did however, without the the order of one man and his words none of those actions would have occurred and many lives could have been saved.

The power of speech. Think before you speak.


Cinemaisdead writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 6:33:53 AM

Yes i agree but Hitler's words increased morale and confidence, the whole operation wasn't masterminded only by him, WW1 was't too far behind and Germany was still bitter about the loss. Hitler was more of a motivational speaker at the start. The tongue is only a powerful weapon when you're licking a juicy clit and that girl explodes with pleasure apart from that people can stop the power of the "tongue" with brains and common sense
The_Zizzler writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 9:13:51 AM

With regards to the Americans cracking and justifying jokes etc -

I stopped listening to you guys after learning you elected a leader some 8 years ago that was only good for one thing, which seems to have rubbed off you very well - Talking sh*t.
velocityknown writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 10:31:04 AM

Oh yay, another WP user judging all Americans because of one president who didn't even win the popular vote.

And it wasn't 8 years ago, it was 11 and/or 7.

I don't care where you're from, there's a sh*tty leader somewhere in you're past and you wouldn't want us zoning you out because of something stupid they did.
LEONCIO writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 10:57:51 AM

There are a couple of proven facts in life: everybody sooner or later dies and there are stupid people everywhere.

So I agree with
LEONCIO writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 11:05:58 AM

Last comment was sent by itself, I didn't click "submit", but whatever, I continue here:

So I agree with Velocityknown, you can't judge people based in where they are from, there are great and horrible people in every country, the USA has some bad things everybody knows (including many of their citizens that don't like those things either) but they also have a lot of great things, and that happens in every other country in the world.
Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 1:37:05 PM

@LEONCIO
Perhaps you summed it up the best. It seems it's a person by person basis.
nefilim writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 2:29:54 PM

usa - the stupidest nation in the world. just watching "it me or the dog" rich family with children have 3 dobermans - but they do not take them to walks !!! WFT - their backyard is covered in sh*t - literally ! and these people are the cream of the society. and stupid as f*ck.

what did taleban say when shot american G.I. in the face in afghanistan ? another 50cent.

hah hah hah...

you stupid f*cks ...
Dre-EL writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 4:38:13 PM

he always was a jerk
minkowski writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 6:03:19 PM

"Oh yay, another WP user judging all Americans because of one president who didn't even win the popular vote."

Neither did Quincy Adams, Rutherford B Hayes and Grover Cleveland. Nevermind Clinton failed to win the majority vote, so that's even worse, because the popular vote has nothing to do with sh*t, it's just something rather ignorant people mention without understanding the facts.

"And it wasn't 8 years ago, it was 11 and/or 7."

More like ten, really.

I liked Bush. The guy had brass balls, and he was no different from many of our earlier Machiavellian presidents, especially Mr FDR who happily interned Japanese like tomorrow, but people failto forget the sh*t he pulled, or even Truman, and I think most American men hate Bush because they're just gutless metrosexuals who don't believe in anything but sex, drugs and XBox.

But I digress.
minkowski writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 6:05:00 PM

...like there was no tomorrow...
Champ1432 writes:
on March 16th, 2011 at 6:15:31 PM

I don't think it's fair to judge all Americans or America in general by one TV show or by one past leader. Like @velocity said, most countries have something or someone in their past that they would like to forget. I'm proud to be American. Yeah, sometimes we mess up, what country hasn't? Yes, a lot of Americans are rude, arrogant, ignorant, etc. Again, that wasn't invented here, nor do we have the present monopoly on it. America is a good country overall with a lot of good people. It's just that a lot of times the idiots are louder or make more noise, so you hear or see them more.

On topic, I think Leo got it right. Whether or not you view Gottfried's jokes as funny or insensitive is going to depend a lot on your point of view or experience, much like anytime someone makes jokes about a tragedy/disaster. And while time passing does not change the severity of the incident or number of lives lost, there's no denying that it makes it easier, or more acceptable, to joke about it. Whether that's right or wrong, who knows? From my point of view, cracking jokes this while the tragedy is basically still ongoing is a little on the insensitive side. Although there may be no more tsunamis, there are still aftershocks being felt and obviously the issues with the nuclear plant will continue to be a problem for a long time. I think there is logic to the thought that humor can help you move past the tragedy, but you have to be ready to begin to move past it. Due to the magnitude of this disaster, and the fact that it is still ongoing, I don't think a lot of people are ready to move past it yet. And was that really Gottfried's intention here? Without being a mind-reader, my feelings would tend toward no. It seems to me to be an attempt to stay (or become?) relevant. I personally never found him all that funny, but everyone has their preferences. Whatever his intentions, I think it was a pretty dumb move, since his company had a large customer base in Japan, as others have mentioned. I'm sure he's not hurting for money, but I don't think potential employers are beating down his door, either.

Whatever way anyone chooses to deal with it, let's just hope better things come quickly for Japan, and hopefully people do decide to do more than talk about this and donate some money/time towards causes that will aid in the recovery.
Nihilistic Michael Maus writes:
on March 17th, 2011 at 4:10:12 PM

It's rather quite simple.

Gilbert Gottfried, for all his whiney, grate on your nerves persona, is a "shock" comedian.
It's easy for him to turn a shocking, traumatic event, such as the quake and tsunami, which kill thousands of Japanese into spectacle humor aka easy laughs aka black (sarcastic) humor, because he does that as part of his routine/stage act.

He had an album out years ago talking about prostitution, sex and degenerate jokes that are of the lowest common denominator.

He even made 9/11 jokes days after the catastrophe.

My point is that if Aflac, Disney or some other corporation didn't do their homework prior to hiring the guy, then f*ck's on them. They have no moral high ground on this. They are just as culpable as if their CEO chairman riffed those jokes at a company annual report.

f*ck them.

Gilbert may not seem funny to some of the public, but knows that to get a laugh sometimes you have to be crass. Hell, that's what helped Howard Stern get enough of a following fanbace to move his radio program from commercial radio to sattlelite radio, where he goes on uncensored.

Not saying it's right, but it happens.
d.stidham1982 writes:
on March 18th, 2011 at 1:07:07 PM

@ Cinemaisdead, yes, I am an American. Words are powerful when something useful is communicated. Other than that, they belong in discussions like these, or on Twitter messages, or that bottom line scrolling across ESPN
d.stidham1982 writes:
on March 18th, 2011 at 1:08:01 PM

How did the internet get to England? I thought it was American too...
retardicon 101 writes:
on March 19th, 2011 at 8:33:31 PM

pretty funny, gilbert. bad timing is all

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