Today while driving into work, I was listening to my usual morning show on the radio. They had gone into the story about Gilbert Gottfried being fired from his position with Aflec as the voice of their signature duck. Now I’m not sure whether he was fired because Aflec was offended or if it’s because they do 75% of their business in Japan or a little of both. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter.
If you haven’t heard the story, let me share. It seems as though Mr. Gottfried got on Twitter and made some very crude jokes about the Japan tsunami. They have since been removed. While some of the things he said, I can’t share, I can share these tweets:
I just split up with my girlfriend. But like the Japanese say, “They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”
Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.
If you’re interested in reading more of these tweets, I’m sure you can Google them.
Now I don’t share my opinion much on here outside of my product reviews, but this just burnt my cookies. I know he’s considered a “shock comedian”, but to me he’s just annoying as all get out. To be able to joke about something so horrendous just shows what type of character he has. I don’t care that he came back to Twitter to apologize. If he cared, he wouldn’t have said such things in the first place. I don’t know how anyone could find humor in the situation.
The folks over in Japan have a lot to swallow right now. I’ve been getting news every day from over there. My older sister taught english in Japan for 5 years and has been sharing with me what she’s heard from her friends and former work colleagues. I also have been getting news from one of my agents here at the office. Her son lives there. It breaks my heart to hear these personal stories. It really is so very tragic. In addition, the fact that they’re dealing with nuclear chaos and pretty significant aftershocks everyday has got to be even more scary. I’ve been in a 4.0 earthquake before. Nothing of the magnitude they suffered over there, but it scared the crap out of me. I just can’t imagine a 9.0. You see the destruction on tv, but it’s still so unreal.
Bottom line is, Japan needs our help, not to be kicked while they’re down and I’m sorry, but after I heard and saw the tweets he made, I really just wanted to punch that man in the face. There’s nothing guaranteeing that something like that couldn’t happen to us in the states. I know sometimes it’s easy to feel invisible but that’s the way life is. No guarantees. I would hope others would help us pick ourselves back up without making jokes on our dime. Regardless of where we live and what our pasts are, we’re all still human.
If you’d like to make a donation, the American Red Cross is a great place to start.