Gilbert Gottfried fired as Aflac duck after tsunami tweets
I need to start out with this: I have not read Gilbert Gottfried’s tweets about the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They may certainly have been insensitive and offensive: I don’t really know.
Aflac, the insurance company, apparently thought Gottfried crossed the line…they have reportedly fired him as the voice of the Aflac duck:
Gottfried has a…um…distinctive voice. I’ve even imitated him in classes, and always got a laugh. I was explaining how the WBTs (Web Based Trainings) we have always have the most low key voiceovers. They sound like they are in a soundproof booth, describing the action at a golf tournament. ;) I joke that people would pay more attention if Gilbert Gottfried was the voice artist.
Stephen King has cited Gottfried’s Shoedini commercial as the “Most Obnoxious TV Commercial Ever”.
You may also know him as the parrot Iago in Aladdin, or on Hollywood Squares.
I have to say, though, firing Gilbert Gottfried for making an insensitve joke shows you sort of didn’t do the research in the first place. I mean, he’s frequently been on Howard Stern, and was criticized for doing a 9/11 joke “too soon”…and he has told the famously filthy joke, The Aristocrats.
I’m not saying that Aflac wasn’t justified…actually, now that I think about it, the 9/11 thing would have been after they hired him.
Still, it brings up that classic question…do you judge the art by the artist? And yes, I think the Aflac duck is art.
Do you think you can do a better voice for the duck? Aflac is going to conduct a talent search for the duck:
If you get it, let me know. 🙂
My sympathies are with everyone affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and aftermath. You can contribute to the Red Cross for relief at this special
and Google has resources
UPDATE: AOL is conducting a video search for the next voice of the AFLAC duck…you can submit a recording:
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.