Tue, 03/15/2011 - 05:02 pm PST by Karen A Kay
C’mon already. Do we really need to go over this again? Twitter abuse is just bad Karma, but it would seem some celebs just can’t stop Tweeting trash.
The latest to make headlines is comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who just lost his job as the voice of the Aflac TV duck after sending out jokes via Twitter that mocked victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Wait a second – did I hear that correctly? Gottfried was making “jokes” about the ongoing tragedy in Japan? Oh yes, he was.
Most of his Japan earthquake-related Tweets have been deleted, but to illustrate here's one of them that's still circulating in the media: "Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”
Such stupid and insensitive Tweeting is one thing, but that's a whole new low when it comes to breaking Karmic Laws. Besides, it's not even funny.
And frankly, I’m not so impressed with Gottfried’s apology, either.
He just sent out a statement saying “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
This reminds me of an article I wrote recently about the power of apologizing, and how sometimes an apology still just isn’t enough to make up for ill intent.
In this case, it's likely Gottfried really does feel bad about his ill humor. But what kind of person would joke about such a thing in the first place?
Joan Rivers was quick to jump to Gottfried’s defense today, Tweeting “Oh come on people -- this is just outrageous! Gilbert Gottfried was FIRED from Aflac for making jokes about the tsunami in Japan. That’s what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter.”
That’s true, of course. Humor can certainly help allieviate pain and hardship, but humor is an art -- and this was not an appropriate canvas.
I’m going to go ahead and just say no to making jokes about a tragedy that is ongoing and in which the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000.
What do you think? Was Gottfried’s attempt at humor appropriate, or did he deserved to be fired? And furthermore, do you accept his apology?