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The AFLAC commercials with the duck are on Japanese TV all the time.
Yeah the 2nd joke they shared in the story/link was a bit 'insensitive'.Indeed Mr. 'Gottfired' fails to understand what 'too soon' means.
I have many Japanese Facebook friends. One of them just passed on this joke now going around in Japan: "I'll let you know one Joke in Japan.Gilbert is really advanced. He doesn’t take a Holiday. The Holiday comes to him."
His sin - and it's always a sin in comedy - is the jokes weren't funny.
He should have told the Aristocrats instead.
Crack is right about the jokes being unfunny. At least about the ones I saw. The unforgivable sin..
AFLAC must have been flooded with complaints.
Bad taste? OK. Unfunny? Get the hook!
While it seems impossible, he's less funny than Kathy Griffen.Hmm, a duck voice, hard to fill, ya think?
Gottfriend understands exactly what "too soon" means. He is intentionally exploiting people's conceptions of it. He did the same thing with 911 and his career was just fine. It is the job of the comic to push boundaries.
Godfrey being fired is only part of the big shakeup at AFLAC
Whew, can you imagine what would've happened to Gilbert if he had complained about their cell phone usage in libraries?
This is Gottfried's second fall (remember him on the Oscars a few years ago?).One attributes his survival to being a big DNC contributor.
I'm still trying to figure out how Rosie O'Donnell didn't get fired for her ching-chong slam. Or for bringing Taboo to Broadway.
Frankly, I find the whole subject radioactive.
And of course Gilbert must be asking himself: "Who Knew?" After all, his entire career has revolved around doing NOTHING but bad jokes..Just heard: AFLAC does 75% of its business in Japan. NOW I understand...
AFLAC does 75% of its business in Japan. NOW I understand...I wonder how that happened.Does a duck have some kind of special meaning in Japan?
People who should never be voice-over artists.Gilbert Gottfried.Fran Drescher.Sarah Palin.Barney Frank.Charlie Rangel.Glad you finally came to your senses, AFLAC.
I doubt Godfrey is worrying much. Whenever the need arises for the strained anxious voice of crackpot, the offers come flooding in.
I heard the job wasn't all it was quacked up to be.
Does a duck have some kind of special meaning in Japan?There's PEKING DUCK! ...close enough.
The imprudence of THOSE particular jokes by HIM had me gobsmacked. AFLAC is just as big a company, if not bigger, in Japan. If you asked most Japanese, they would tell you it IS a Japanese company. That damn duck is on Japanese TV all the time. And on top of that, it's an INSURANCE company. You know, the folks you're supposed to call when things go south?And just for extra measure, he used a device favored by hack comedians; bring up a recent event and shoe-horn a semi-humorous statement into it. What a doofus.
No hat tip to Lem? He posted this in a comment thread yesterday.I didn't recognize Mr. Gottfried as the duck. Given how much I hate his jokes and his voice, I was shocked to learn that. I actually find the duck jokes kinda funny. Not major funny, but funny.
LMAO!wv: saechongs...I'm dying...
He'll be buried with offers.
I'd assume the jokes are a protest of "at all costs don't tune away" media coverage.Every national tragedy demands jokes.It's not too soon if you see the coverage, called viewer whoring.What you're seeing is a reaction to a not very wholesome American entertainment choice.Guys are more into the jokes as a result. Women are more into tearful watchful empathy.Guys are the ones that manage to do something when it's called for.Take your choice.The beach comes to them was okay.
Rhhardin wrote (hey there!):Every national tragedy demands jokes.Remember when Joan Rivers tearfully went on the Tonight Show, after the Challenger explosion? She didn't find it a time for funny-hahaness, but the suits insisted.Cut to 25 years in the future, and the suits finally found their humanity.
I am currently Temporary Director of Human Services at AFLAC.I fired him not because of the jokes, which were I suppose stupid.I fired him because of his appearances on Hollywood Squares.Unforgivable.
@Victoria (welcome back btw), yes, I thought of that. But that's the only connection I could come with. Seems a bit of a stretch.It never occurred to me that the voice behind the Aflac Duck was anyone famous, if you can call GG that. TTalking like a duck doesn't take much talent, so why hire one person to do it? I hope they didn't pay him more than about $10 per commercial.
Remember when Joan Rivers tearfully went on the Tonight Show, after the Challenger explosion? No.But why would the entertainment media queer the viewer suck-in that they've got going for them.As for Challenger (which one was that?). going 17,000 miles an hour isn't supposed to be all that safe.A nation of wusses watches TV.
MadMan wrote (hey there, too!):TTalking like a duck doesn't take much talent, so why hire one person to do it? I hope they didn't pay him more than about $10 per commercialIt's just that they needed an intelligent foil for Yogi Berra.
As for Challenger (which one was that?)That one in January of 1986 where Peggy Noonan had her finest hour by having St Ronnie quote a Canadian poem's best line, "they have slipped the surly bonds of Earth...and touched the face of God".
A duck and a skunk are set to cross the road. The cars are wizzing by and they decide to go one at a time.The duck starts to cross and a tractor trailer whizzes by and skims him and knocks him out. The skunk dusts him off and goes "Are you allright?" The duck goes "Man I all fucked up. I have no idea who I am or what I am?" The skunk replies "Well that's easy. You walk like a duck, you talk like a duck....dude you're a duck." "Thanks man, I have to rest a minute."So the skunk decides to try but don't you know just as he is starting a big SUV zoom zooms by and skims him and he is knocked on his ass. The duck runs to help him. "Are you ok buddy" asks the duck. "I don't know man. I am so confused. I hit my head. I don't know who I am or even what I am?" "That's easy" replies the duck."You are half white and half black and you stink. You're a Puerto Rican."
Victoria! Gilbert is the perfect voice...for a duck!My Gilbert/Fran Drescher RomCom is still possible...."The Days of Whine and Roses"
TY -- you should write ad copy for AFLAC
"they have slipped the surly bonds of Earth...and touched the face of God".Surly? What the hell kind of poem is that? Going for alliteration over sense.It's probably a misprint. Burly maybe. Go with bonds instead of slipped.
I have an old video tape of Gilbert hosting a Go Go dancer competition in Jersey...the "judges" would have been turned down by the Sopranos casting people as too "cartoony Mafiosi"...but they were real.
Now you can adapt that joke for topical political humor by saying:"You are half white and half black and you stink. And you can't find your birth certificate. You're Barack Obama."
But I don't like political jokes.
This bit of news is for all the people who were wondering if anything good would come out of this disaster.
My Gilbert/Fran Drescher RomCom is still possible...."The Days of Whine and Roses"LOL! We need to Jew that up a tad. How about "The Days of Whine and Latkes"?
Of all the offensive jokes Gilbert has told over the years, NOW they fire him? Did they only just notice?
Gottfried is as crass and unfeeling as a tsunami. I suppose AFLAC hired him to reinforce people's fears that fate is malign and cruel. His voice has no peace or joy or help for pain. His voice illustrates why you need insurance in this world.....Gottfried's crassness, like Sheen's lechery, was a career builder, but one can always go too far.
Funny when I think Gilbert Gottfried, the first thing that comes to mind is "Kentucky Fried Movie" night.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthAnd danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirthof sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred thingsYou have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swungHigh in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flungMy eager craft through footless halls of air....Up, up the long, delirious, burning blueI’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.Where never lark, or even eagle flew —And, while with silent lifting mind I have trodThe high untrespassed sanctity of space,- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.--"High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Not all the news coming from Japan is bad.Why I just saw a woman interviewed that had a sort of a 'glow' to her.Absolutely radiant.
I have droned over the Boonton reservoir practice area for the ten-thousandth time and wondered why there are no good places to eat at small airports.
DT2012 - how come Madison doesn't have any "radiant" women?
@alex"DT2012 - how come Madison doesn't have any "radiant" women?"OK Alex, I'll bite - why?wv - expunA former joke
We finally get a chance to tell natural-disaster jokes that don't involve trying to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull and we're not going to take advantage of it? Yeah, right.
“I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'There'll be another one floating by any minute now.
Shouldn't Obama be fired? After the Japanese earthquake, he said that "the friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable."That was about on a par with Gottfried's jokes.
The poet and author of High Flight, John Gillespie McGee, was not a Canadian, but the son of an American father and English mother. He was born in China, but mostly raised in the UK. He visited the US in 1939 and couldn't make it back when the war broke out. Insteady, he volunteered to fly for the Royal Canadian Air Force in October of 1940 and shipped off to England to fly fighter planes against the Luftwaffe, though he didn't arrive until June 1941. He trained on the Spitfire, and was then assigned to an operational squadron. He was killed in a midair collision on December 11th, 1941, just a few days after Pearl Harbor, but he had already been flying combat missions against the Germans for weeks. He was 19 years old.He did ok in my book.
rhardin wrote:As for Challenger (which one was that?). going 17,000 miles an hour isn't supposed to be all that safe.A Challenger joke. Why does NASA drink Sprite? Because they couldn't get 7-Up. Actually a clever joke. Probably not a good joke to tell the day after the event.
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