*It looks like comedian Gilbert Gottfried had a 50 Cent moment and is paying the price for it.
Like Fiddy, Gottfried, the voice of the AFLAC duck/mascot, thought it would be funny to tweet some jokes about the tsunami. Unfortunately for him, his bosses at AFLAC didn’t think it was funny and canned him on Monday
“Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” Michael Zuna, a senior VP and chief marketing officer, said in a statement Monday. “Aflac Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”
Three-quarters of Aflac’s business is in Japan. The company, which says it is Japan’s No. 1 insurer based on policies in force, on Friday donated 100 million yen — a little more than $1.2 million — to the International Red Cross toward recovery efforts.
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