Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Aflac, the insurance company, has parted ways with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who provides the voice for the iconic Aflac duck, after Mr. Gottfried sent out what the company characterized as "tasteless tweets" on the subject of last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Aflac does a great deal of business in Japan and released the following comments on the subject.
"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," Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said. "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."
Mr. Gottfried has since apologized.