After being fired from Aflac for his tasteless jokes about Japan, Gilbert Gottfried made an apology via Twitter yesterday, which we thought was weak and too-little-too-late.
Not EVERYONE is against Gilbert though. In a clip from The View (above), Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar defend the comedian, claiming he's "always inappropriate," and that "comics have never been appropriate."
Joan Rivers also came to Gilbert's side, and defended him with the following tweet:
“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.”
Looks like Joan's not 100% on his side though, because she tweeted the following later on:
“Heard Aflac has 75% of it’s business in Japan. I stand by what I said but Gilbert-as a spokesperson-you should know who you represent!”
We understand the argument that comics are "inappropriate" and "that's what comedians do," but there's a time and a place for everything.
Publicly making tasteless, inappropriate, and insensitive comments about people who are currently in the midst of a tragedy is wrong, whether it's a comic making the jokes or a lawyer, or whoever.
Do U think Gilbert was wrong? Or do you agree with Whoopi, Joy, and Joan's defense of the comedian?
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