Aflac needs to find a new spokes-duck!
Aflac, Inc. said this week that they need a new duck. Why? Because after all of the heartbreak happening in Japan, the very abrasive voice of the ducky that we have all become very familiar with, Gilbert Gottfried, made some TERRIBLY unfortunate comments and a string of mocking jokes on Twitter. For example: [pullquote quote=”I was born without a censor button. My mouth and now e-mail will continue to get me into trouble.” credit=”Gilbert Gottfried”]
The offending tweets have been deleted from his Twitter account.
Although the jokes were deleted, Gottfried followed them up with the statement, “I was born without a censor button. My mouth and now e-mail will continue to get me into trouble.” Problem is, the Columbus, Georgia-based insurance company does 75% of its business IN Japan! One in Four homes there buy insurance from Aflac. The company said in a statement on Monday that Gottfried’s jokes do not represent the feelings of the Aflac, Inc. and that they would be donating 100 million yen…$1.2 million…to the International Red Cross to help with disaster relief.
Gottfried had been the voice of the duck since 2000. Fortunately, he is NOT the voice of the duck in Japan. That bird has a softer voice.
Well, AF-LACK to that!