Racism & Ignorance Abound
On the heels of intense earthquakes, devastating Tsunamis, explosions at oil refineries and various radiation leaks, Americans are up in arms, hoping and praying that their family members, friends and colleagues are safe. Despite the closeness that many Americans feel for our Japanese familia, there are still people out there ignorant enough to point fingers and laugh at those who are different from them and somehow fail to realize the gravity of the situation along Japan’s coastline.
Ms. Wallace later released her statement of apology for the video:
- “Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.”
- “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”
- “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”
I’m still shocked that he really thought these jokes were funny or acceptable! I admit, am impressed and have to applaud Aflac for their response and decision in firing Gottfried. His racist and unsympathetic jokes during this huge tragedy are beyond cruel! The company, who does more than 75% of there business in Japan, responded with this statement:
- “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. There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.”
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