Sunday, May 19, 2013
Gilbert Gottfried may not know it yet, but he's probably a dead man walking. And the death of his career can be attributed to a handful of offensive tsunami jokes made as Japan mourns the deaths of thousands of people and searches for more than 2,369 others. In the wake of a nuclear meltdown, the cruel comic took to his Twitter account to make light of the devastating situation. He made not one but 12 tasteless jokes in a 24-hour period. Among the gems, "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them." and "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, "They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'" Gottfried is known for his poor timing. Last fall, he started cracking jokes about comedian Greg Giraldo just days after his fellow roaster died. At the time he Tweeted, "If Greg Giraldo is cremated, will that be the 'Greg Giraldo Roast?'" According to TMZ, Gottfried told TMZ he has problem expressing his emotions, which we doubt because he apparently has no feelings. Late Monday, Aflac, the insurance company for which Gottfried had been doing voiceovers, released the following statement: "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."