Gilbert Gottfried Fired from Making Bad Jokes on Japan

The tragic events that happened in Japan have been all over the news and will continue to do so until the situation becomes more subtle. In times like this, the last thing the world need is a bad joke on such tragedy, Gilbert Gottfried got fired by one of the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, Alfac for making jokes, bad jokes, on Japan.


The American actor and standup comedian is best known for his voice over of the parrot lago in Aladdin and recently, voicing the duck of Alfac. Gottfried said in a statement after he got fired that, “I was born without a censor button. My mouth and now e-mail will continue to get me into trouble.” Gilbert Gottfried was also responsible for making fun of the September 11 just 3 weeks after the incident.

With the availability of Twitter, Gottfried updated his jokes live, the one liners of Japan includes the following:

–    ‘Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.’
–    ‘I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.’

The jokes may have been deleted after complaints were filed but karma stays, Gilbert Gottfried was fired shortly after. There’s no doubt that such action was expected, it only depicts how a person could be so insensitive to a major tragedy. Jolie O’Dell of Mashable, however, added that Gottfried’s humor has never centered on the delicate treatment of controversial subjects. What do you think about the decision of Alfac to fire Gilbert Gottfried?

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