These days it seems that not a day goes by without another comedian complaining about “cancel culture,” but this latest example — from Gilbert Gottfried, in a promo for a Fox Nation streaming show that aired on Fox News Monday morning — takes it to an embarrassing new level, with the comic stating that he’s “sentimental about old-time lynch mobs.”
“When I hear about another person getting in trouble now, I always think, ‘Oh, thank God them and not me.’ Cause I’ve been through it a few times,” Gottfried said in the promo for host Dan Bongino’s new show Canceled in the USA. Gottfied lost his gig as the voice of the Aflac duck in March of 2011 after he made a series of tasteless jokes about the deadly Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Some of Gottfried’s jokes about the disaster — which killed 19,747 people and injured 6,242 — included “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘There’ll be another one floating by any minute now'” and “Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they’re all sinking.'” Aflac does 75% of its business in Japan.