I recently met Gilbert at an event for Fisher Price. He was personable and very friendly, and even he himself seemed very surprised that he was selected to speak to the blogging audience in attendance that day. I was actually quite amazed at his ability to go from 'himself' one minute, directly into 'character' the next.
Here is what he tweeted:
I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. (That tweet can be seen HERE)
As you may also know he lost his gig as the voice of the AFLAC duck because of this.
In the case of rapper 50 Cent he tweeted:
"Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing."
And: "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoess from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol"
He then explained:
"Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone"
And: "Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way 50cent."
Would Gilbert be that blasé about the Holocaust? Would 50 be that blasé about Katrina?
I've also been following the news stories about the 2 bus accidents by buses returning from Casino Day Trips and I've seen such a lack of sensitivity there as well, with people saying they shouldn't have gone to a Casino in the first place and other such insensitive remarks.
I send my prayers to the people of Japan. I send my prayers to those in the 2 bus accidents as well as their families and friends. Donations can be made to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.
I'm honestly completely appaled by all this! I get that Gilbert tells for the most part insanely dirty jokes and that hardcore rappers are not prone to public bursts of sentimentality, but when do we as human beings hold ourselves accountable for what we say and do. Is compassion dying?
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