Geico Announcer Makes Fun of Teabaggers, Gets Sacked

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  1. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    [video=youtube;FAB0-0Vbff0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAB0-0Vbff0&feature=player_embedded[/video]

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/freedomworks/geico/prweb3906104.htm

  2. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    well played on the title sir, well played

    god his voice is smooth like chocolate

    ALSO
    here is an interesting article on the makeup of people who actually go to the teabaggings, not just self-identify with them:
    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=13632DB1-18FE-70B2-A8F33B49769BAD73
    so the hardcore ones are only about half fundamentalists I guess
  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    The guy learned a hard lesson. When you're paid to represent a company you keep your personal political and religious views to yourself.
  4. tex

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    dude, its getting ridiculous though. Its almost at the point that if you work for a company you cannot express a fucking opinion. This is as bad as the people that were posting addresses for those who supported prop8 in california. Debate shit, don't go after people's personal lives because you disagree with them. He just left a fucking message, even if he was being a ...dick. Its not like he killed someone's puppy
  5. MSP

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    Agreed, but these companies have their image to think about. They want to sell insurance to people of every political persuasion, and it's harder to do that when your spokesman is publicly spouting his personal political beliefs.
  6. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    I agree with msp when you are a
    spokesman you become
    the public face of a company regardless of if you are speaking for them or
    not. They ate looking out
    for their best interests
  7. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    QFT
  8. Mince

    Mince Never Dice, Always Mince!

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    Hahahaha.... damn, hard lesson indeed.

    I agree with MSP but somewhat with Tex as well. Both compelling arguements.
  9. tex

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    So if you tell someone you disagree with them, and they record it, and then they get a bunch of people riled up who call your employer and get you fired...thats ok with you?
    I understand the representing your company thing (my job is pretty much customer satisfaction based) but there is a difference between representing your company and having an opinion. I am a very opinionated person and very blunt about most things, but I don't do it at work with customers. The guy was the fucking voiceover for geico, who cares what his political leanings are. Its not like he voiced it on a geico commercial or something
    MSP - so you going to the tea parties reflects on your company. What would you think if a bunch of the bleeding hearts at work went and complained to management and got you into shit?

    there isn't anything morally/ethically/whatever wrong with this happening, its just part of the continuining pussification of america.
  10. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    just fine with me. When you are the public spokesperson, you can't say stupid shit anymore. You've become the public face of a company. Your voice and face will be what people think of when they think of the company. You have a responsibility to your employers to not say stupid shit, or anything controversial.

    If you do, they fire you. It doesn't look good to have your company associated with someone who alienates customers.

    Spokesmen (especially the national face/voice) of a company should understand the responsibility and the risks, or find a different job. Simple as that.
  11. Panzer

    Panzer Not a bitch any more

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    Shitty. Low blow for him.
  12. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    The difference is I'm not a spokesman or other public figure within my company. Look at all the companies that dumped Tiger Woods. Is it any of their business that Tiger liked to fuck hookers in the ass? Was it any of their customer's business? No, but his image and opinions and actions reflect on the company(s) that he represents. Obviously it's a fact, both men were fired. You enter the public arena and the rules change, simple as that.
  13. mistawiskas

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    The image is what is the marketing tool.
  14. Octane91

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    But when I go home at night, and am off their time, what right is it of theirs to control my life? Yea, the spokesperson for a company is in the public more than a office assistant but either way, he wasn't on company time (that we know of), he wasn't using company equipment (that we know of); So what fucking right is it of theirs to can his ass for speaking out for his personal beliefs on his personal time. Just because I'm spokesperson for Sprint telecom means that I can no longer affiliate myself with any political or religious organization that would hurt the image of my already shitty company?

    And how is this guy the face of the company? I don't have any idea what he looks like....:p
  15. mistawiskas

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    Such is life when you sell your soul image.
  16. Commissar Smersh

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    Except D.C. Douglas isn't a spokesman, he's a voiceover actor. He's not paid to use his image to sell the brand.
  17. theartofbone

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    Exactly. You're there to get paid, not to save the world
  18. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    I'm not saying that" oh no I represent a company I don't have free speech rights anymore!"

    I'm just saying use them intelligently or the company will use it's right to fire your ass to protect their bottom line. Their image is worth far more than yours.
  19. Ranger

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    Everyone has free speech, but it does have consequences. More so when you are in the public light.

    Also: teabaggers, i laugh every time i hear that term :p
  20. tex

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    oi. Tiger Woods is a bit different in that he was supposed to embody the brand(s). This dude just has a really sexy voice.
    I would argue he represents the company on the same level as any employee who answers the phones or speaks with external customers.
  21. MSP

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    ^^^ A really recognizable voice. I'm not saying it's fair, just that it's the reality. And it is. Fair is the place you go to get cotton candy.
  22. Commissar Smersh

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    Exactly and employees who are terminated for their expressing their views outside of work have a pretty strong wrongful termination case.

    I really doubt that hearing D.C. Douglas' voice (before all this hoopla) caused you to immediately think of Geico. You may recognize the voice but there's not a brand association that goes along with it.
  23. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    I'm undecided. I agree with both points of view. If you represent a company/institution/organization and you're in the public eye... you should tread carefully. Especially if--like MSP says--you're part of a company that sells products to everybody, regardless of their political leanings. You're supposed to remain neutral, or else you risk giving the impression that the company you work for supports your views, which could hurt its reputation. On the other hand, you should be able to speak freely without fear of reprisal.

    I guess it should be decided on a case-by-case basis....
  24. MSP

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    This sort of thing happens in every industry, take entertainment for example. "Extreme" and in-your-face stars like Janeane Garofalo alienate a large portion of the viewership and gets less work as a result. And look at what happened to the Dixie Chicks. I didn't disagree with what they said, or even their right to say it, but the bottom line was that a majority of country music listeners are right wing, were offended, and voted with their money. Concert dates canceled, promoters dropping them, drop in album sales, etc. Any business person who deliberately alienates half of their potential customers is a fool. At work I keep my religious and political opinions to myself.

    EDIT: I'm a bit right leaning and have the new Dixie Chick album, it's pretty good. ;)
  25. HEAVY-D

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    Maybe he had another job lined up before he did this. Either way he'll do just fine.