Aflac Fires Gilbert Gottfried After He Published Insensitive Japan Tsunami Tweets

Posted Mar 14, 2011

The insurance company Aflac has fired actor Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of their duck mascot. Gottfried wrote a couple of offensive tweets in regards to the tsunami that hit Japan this past week. Aflac released a statement about the matter: “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.” Below are the tweets that Gottfried wrote: