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I'm no fan on the man's humor. At all. It's crass, it's usually tasteless and it's delivered in a way that makes my ears bleed. He recently fired off some jokes about Japan on his Twitter account, which is not something I condone either. I've never been a fan of gallows humor. Then, AFLAC fired him almost immediately.
But this is what bugs me. Actually, it really bugs me. Gottfried is known for this kind of joke-telling. He built a career off it. He is foul-mouthed and takes aim at everyone. He's done jokes about 9/11. He's done jokes on on hurricane Katrina. His joke in the movie The Aristocrats is nothing short of perverse. And yet, he's been in employment at AFLAC since the year 2000.
"There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times," Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said. But Michael, where was your sense of outrage during Katrina or 9/11? Why not fire him then?
What's wrong with this picture? Why is it OK with AFLAC for Gottfried to rag on 9/11, Katrina and every other subject, but not Japan? Hmm? Would this have anything to do with the fact that AFLAC does 75% of its business in Japan? Ahh, hypocrisy. You can't beat it. Personally, I think Gottfried has a case here. They knew what kind of a comedian he was, just because they didn't approve of the target of his material, it doesn't mean they should just dump him. Poor form AFLAC.