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R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
« on: August 27, 2012, 12:11:30 pm »
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/08/27/actor-r-lee-ermey-geico-drill-sergeant-therapist-says-was-fired-from-commercial/

I remember this now. I would have had a lot more respect had he stood his ground and not apologized. Screw that. If you say it and meant it at the time, own it.

How much cooler and impacting would it have been had he said in typical Gunny style, "You're damn right I said it, sweetheart. Open your eyes Leonard Lawrence!"
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 12:30:57 pm »
    I always assumed that was just a one shot commercial.  Was he fired,  or did they just do the one commercial and that was it?





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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #2 on: August 27, 2012, 12:46:21 pm »
    Geico has so many damn concurrent commercials - the cavemen, that lizard, the grit-jawed guy in the suit, the pig...
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #3 on: August 27, 2012, 01:35:25 pm »
    I always assumed that was just a one shot commercial.  Was he fired,  or did they just do the one commercial and that was it?

    Same here...that joke is kind of a one trick pony (that he's been riding for years mind you)...I love the Gunny, he has other options, move on...
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #4 on: August 27, 2012, 03:05:14 pm »
    For the sake of clarity, why exactly was he fired?  Was it the fact he made politically charged comments?  Or the content of said comments?

    I'll tell you right now... if I owned a large company and one of my spokesman made politically charged and/or controversial comments that ended up in the press, I'd likely cut them loose too.  I don't care what the content of the comments were.  I only care that my spokesman is indirectly representing my corporation when he's making them.  As a hypothetical business owner, I don't want to get involved on either side.


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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #5 on: August 27, 2012, 04:58:24 pm »
    It's probably related to Warren Buffet owning GEICO and Warren likes Obama.  My trolling is done for now.
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #6 on: August 27, 2012, 05:30:08 pm »
    It's probably related to Warren Buffet owning GEICO and Warren likes Obama.  My trolling is done for now.



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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #7 on: August 27, 2012, 06:18:17 pm »
    I'll tell you right now... if I owned a large company and one of my spokesman made politically charged and/or controversial comments that ended up in the press, I'd likely cut them loose too.  I don't care what the content of the comments were.  I only care that my spokesman is indirectly representing my corporation when he's making them.  As a hypothetical business owner, I don't want to get involved on either side.

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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #8 on: August 27, 2012, 06:52:26 pm »
    My only hitch with this is that IF he really was fired due to being an outspoken conservative, would the same standard have been applied to outspoken liberals? Probably not. An outspoken liberal is considered cute and socially acceptable. I suspect if Ermey had bashed McCain, Bush or Romney, it would have been a case of wink-wink, nudge-nudge. It's just the world we live in
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #9 on: August 27, 2012, 07:25:50 pm »
    Maybe, maybe not.  But nobody is saying either way, hmm?


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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #10 on: August 27, 2012, 09:18:40 pm »
    My only hitch with this is that IF he really was fired due to being an outspoken conservative, would the same standard have been applied to outspoken liberals? Probably not. An outspoken liberal is considered cute and socially acceptable. I suspect if Ermey had bashed McCain, Bush or Romney, it would have been a case of wink-wink, nudge-nudge. It's just the world we live in

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    It might not be right or "fair" that he got fired but such things happen a lot. If you depend on your employement, don't make comments that could jeapordize it. Silence is never a bad idea.

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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #11 on: August 28, 2012, 12:39:18 am »
    I'm afraid I disagree.
    Any company that hires on 'Gunny' KNOWS what they are getting.
    That simple.
    Their letting him go was typical of the gutless, cowardly, corporate mentality of not wanting to actually have to deal with anything.
    Firing people is their way of getting rid of the problem without having to actually deal with any problem.
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    "It's Corporate POLICY.'
    Right.
    Gutless wonders. All of them.
    No wonder we don't have spines anymore.


     
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #12 on: August 28, 2012, 11:27:26 am »
    just thinking....I wonder if there is any way to find out if Geico ever aired his commercial AFTER they let him go...if they did shame on them and the God of Hypocricy they worship...
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #13 on: August 28, 2012, 12:34:07 pm »
    Bill O'Reilly covered this on his Factor show..... according to Geico they didn't fire Gunny, they're simply making commercials with other actors.

    Geico has so many damn concurrent commercials - the cavemen, that lizard, the grit-jawed guy in the suit, the pig...
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    This.   They've simply moved on.
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #14 on: August 28, 2012, 02:03:59 pm »
    It says right there in the link that "they moved on."
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #15 on: August 28, 2012, 03:03:36 pm »
    Yeah, the commercial was great (I cackled the first time I saw it), but it was kinda a one trick pony, y'know?

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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #16 on: August 28, 2012, 04:16:36 pm »
    I'm with Thernlund. If I own a company, and I'm in business to make a profit, I don't want my company's name involved in politics. I don't care if it's a Presidential candidate or a campaign to be the town dog catcher. As far as I'm concerned, liberal dollars spend just as well as conservative ones in my business, and I don't want to alienate ANY customers.
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    Re: R. Lee Ermey says he was fired by GEICO for Obama comments
    « Reply #17 on: August 28, 2012, 11:10:52 pm »
    Bill O'Reilly covered this on his Factor show..... according to Geico they didn't fire Gunny, they're simply making commercials with other actors.
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    This.   They've simply moved on.


    I bet there are nitwits who think that Geico stopped using the Cavemen because they believe in Intelligent Design. :facepalm

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