Gilbert Gottfried Japan
March 16, 2011 by USA Post
Gilbert Gottfried Japan, All over the city, people make fun of cancer. This is an event that will be tomorrow LaughFest specifically constituted of humor about cancer, and many comics in Grand Rapids for the festival agree that properly addressed, the disease is an appropriate subject for Comedy – laughter, in other words, can come from pain.
For public relations reasons, but the organizers should LaughFest lucky they did not have the book by Gilbert Gottfried. The comedian made headlines this week when a series of offensive jokes he posted on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan cost him a job as the voice of the Aflac duck.
Hard to blame Aflac – Gottfried jokes were distasteful and ill timed, and do Aflac about three quarters of its business in Japan. Gottfried later took the joke down and apologized. (You can read some here, but fair warning.)
Here’s the thing, though: If it was not Gottfried, it was someone else. People would start making jokes about it eventually, and at some point the question too soon? / Not too soon? Have been raised anyway. For example, being guilty of exactly the same thing, I enjoyed reading Slate media columnist Jack Shafer admitted that after finding friends and family members in Japan have been OK, he looked at the disaster Nuclear and immediately began to think of Godzilla jokes.
Is that bad? Perhaps, but what is humor if not a coping mechanism, and what is a joke if this is not a way to address and define the line between what is socially acceptable and what is not? Gottfried, it is interesting to note, is a comic book with some experience of walking the line. At a roast of Hugh Hefner in 2001, shortly after 9 /, Gottfried cracked a joke badly received by the attacks and as the room turned on him, launched into a profane version of the famous “Aristocrats” joke (warning, language).
Celebrity gossip addressed Wednesday the big question of the moment: There should be a comedian Gilbert Gottfried made these jokes about Japan in the middle of a natural disaster or man?
Aflac insurance company obviously does not think so: They immediately pulled their Gottfried spokesduck twittering after allegedly comic reflections on Japan.
Two hosts of the popular day talk show The View rushed to defend the ailing actor. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg and be counted in his corner. Said Behar: “Have you seen his act is his act is always wrong?”
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