Friday, April 01, 2011

Why Am I Not Surprised?!

I didn't know the Aristocrats' Gilbert Gottfried used to be the voice of the Aflac duck. I gather he was "let go" (imagine King Kong butterfingering Fay Wray on top of the Empire State Building — "Oopsie!") because he tweeted something brunesque about tsunamis and offended everyone in Japan...or something?

What about Earl Billings, the deadpan second banana in every Aflac duckvert who is the only one who can see and hear the duck? Is he still around? And if not, why not? Billings' bugeyed role is a classic reference to Old Hollywood's blackest screen stereotypes, especially those by Topper's Eddie "Rochester" Anderson — "Feets, don't fail me now!"

Speaking of not laughing all the way to the bank, tiny toy giraffes are the most in-demand unavailable product on The Cloud right now. For awhile there was even an Etsy toygiraffeshop (I kid u not!) Blame it on the nouveau riche Russian mafia.

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