Gilbert Gottfried got fired as the voice of the AFLAC duck because he Tweeted inappropriate jokes referencing Japan’s Tsunami on Friday. AFLAC, the insurance giant, does 75% of it’s business in Japan. Gottfried is not the first casualty of poor tweet selection. Professional athletes have been cut from teams over their tweets, and normal citizens have been sued for harassment on social networking sites such as Twitter.
What’s the lesson? Watch what you tweet.
In the wake of being fired over his tweets, Gottfried has gained 12,000 more followers on his Twitter page!!!
What’s the lesson? Controversy works well for social media.
I wonder what Gilbert would rather have? The 12,000 Twitter followers or the six-digit contract for a couple of days worth a work every year??? I know what I would take.
So all that is left to ask is, “Who should be the new voice of the AFLAC duck?”