Over the weekend, comedian and duck ventriloquist Gilbert Gottfried tweeted what are technically referred to as jokes about the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The one that’s laid waste to billions of dollars of property, several nuclear power plants and killed (at last estimate) upwards of 10,000 people.

These tweets have already been deleted from Gottfried’s Twitter feed (@realgilbert), so here’s a screen grab of just a few:

Awesome. Of course, Gilbert can do whatever he wants on his feed. Even if China owns most of our debt, they still haven’t bought the Constitution. Although they can print you a nice reproduction for cheap. But did he really think his most lucrative employer would want to continue associating themselves with him? If so, he thought incorrectly, as AFLAC canned their spokesduck with little delay or fanfare on Monday.

Unfortunately, the company also announced their plans to hold a nationwide casting call for the new voice of their memorable-in-a-bad-way mascot. I can already see the “wacky,” “humorous” Hunt for the Duck campaign that will inevitably emerge.

And so, in the end, we all lose. But a paltry amount compared to those on the other side of the world.



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