Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac in 2011 after sending offensive tweets about the Japanese tsunami.(Photo: Charles Sykes, AP)
Another one bites the dust. A White House national security official was fired recently after tweeting anonymous insults and secret information about the Obama administration. High-profile firings over inappropriate tweets are nothing new, but they sure are interesting.
Here's a list of some incidents that caught our eye:
1) Who: Indiana Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox
What happened: In February 2013, Cox was fired by the Indiana Attorney General's Office after having a controversial conversation with former Mother Jones journalist Adam Weinstein on Twitter involving a protest in Wisconsin and the use of riot police. Cox tweeted that the police should "use live ammunition" to remove demonstrators and called them "thugs" who were "physically threatening legally elected officials." Cox later released a written statement apologizing for the "lousy choice of words" and wrote that the tweets should not be taken seriously.
2) Who: Phil Hardy, spokesman for Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho
What happened: Hardy accidentally tweeted, "Me likey Broke Girls" to the congressman's account during the 2013 Super Bowl. He tweeted this in response to an ad that featured actresses from CBS's show 2 Broke Girls dancing in risque clothing on something resembling a stripper pole. Hardy, who was fired, wrote in an e-mail that it was "totally an accident."
3) Who: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
What happened: It was not the best comedic moment for Gottfried. Insurance company Aflac dumped Gottfried in March 2011 after he sent offensive tweets during the Japanese tsunami. Known as the famous voice behind the iconic Aflac Duck, Gottfried tweeted: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'" Aflac responded in a statement that Gottfried's comments lacked humor and did not represent the opinions of anyone at the company. "There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times," Aflac added.
4) Who: Damian Goddard, former host on Rogers Sportsnet
What happened: Goddard made headlines after he was fired in 2011 for tweeting about New York Rangers forward Sean Avery's support of same-sex marriage. The sports broadcaster voiced opposition to Avery's position, saying he supported hockey agent Todd Reynolds. Goddard tweeted, "I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage." The TV network then issued its own tweet, "Today's tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet."
5) Who: Three staffers for Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash.
What happened: Legislative assistants Seth Burroughs and Elizabeth Robblee and legislative correspondent Ben Byers were fired in 2011 after a series of tweets revealed the trio's plan to spend the final month of the legislative session in "a state of perpetual debauchery." They also tweeted about drinking on the job. Larsen's spokesman, Bryan Thomas, later said in a statement, "Congressman Larsen is disappointed by their actions and takes this very seriously. He has made it clear that he will not tolerate this kind of behavior."