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Tsunami of Moronic Thoughts: Glenn Beck, Gilbert Gottfried and Others' Offensive Japan Comments

Mar 15, 2011 – 11:40 AM
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Steven Hoffer

Steven Hoffer Contributor

Wrath of God or natural disaster?

When it comes to Japan, Glenn Beck won't claim it's the former, but can't tell you it's the latter.

"I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes," Beck told his radio listeners on Monday, before throwing in, "I'm not not saying that either."

"What God does is God's business. But I'll tell you this -- there's a message being sent," Beck continued. "And that is, 'Hey you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.' I'm just saying."

Take a listen:

Beck's comments, which led Time Washington correspondent Alex Altman to write "Glenn Beck pulls a Pat Robertson," aren't the only ill-conceived remarks straddling the line between compassionate and inappropriate in the wake of Japan's tragedy.

Here are five more regrettable comments made during the aftermath of the earthquake, compliments of Surge Desk.

1. 50 Cent evacuates his "hoess"
The rapper caught his share of criticism on Friday after tweeting his thoughts in anticipation of the natural disaster:

"Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing."

"Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoess from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol"

Of course, 50 clarified his remarks shortly after:

"Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone"

"Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way 50cent."

2. Gilbert Gottfried is one lame duck
The squeaky-voiced comedian lost his decade-long gig as the voice of Aflac's beloved duck on Monday after his insensitive Twitter outburst following the tsunami.

He tweeted:

"I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'There'll be another one floating by any minute now.'"

3. Haley Barbour's press secretary certainly has a way with words
Dan Turner, a top official working for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, resigned on Monday after reports surfaced that his routine Friday e-mail contained jokes about, among other topics, the disaster in Japan.

As part of a "this day in history," Turner wrote:

"Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." (Not a big hit in Japan right now.)"

4. Larry Kudlow's human toll vs. economic toll
"The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that," CNBC financial analyst Larry Kudlow remarked on Friday. Realizing the blunder, Kudlow added that "the human toll is a tragedy, we all know that," but the damage had been done.


5. Cappie Pondexter and Pearl Harbor
Finally, WNBA player Cappie Pondexter also jumped on Twitter to share her not-so-thought-out thoughts on the disaster. The comments, which she later apologized for:

"What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes."

"u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."

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