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Author: Subject: Voice-actor gets fired after asking Tea Party how many retarded people they have
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[*] Post 408061 posted on 22-4-2010 at 04:11 Reply With Quote
Voice-actor gets fired after asking Tea Party how many retarded people they have

Lance Baxter's name is not well known, but his voice is. He supplies the voice for the famous animated gecko that appears in countless GEICO insurance advertizements in America.

A telephone recording in which he asks of Tea Party members, how many retarded ones are there?, has gotten a lot of exposure. The company has now fired him (I don't know yet if they will continue to play the ads he's already made, but he has been told he will not be making any more).

I'm sure the company would prefer it's ad character's voice would not be in political controversy, but the use of that particular insulting word probably was more than they were willing to tolerate for their image.
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[*] Post 408065 posted on 22-4-2010 at 06:40 Reply With Quote


Interesting because I am always better at identifying voices than faces. Interesting because I have a thing about the use and vilification of language. And interesting because I was talking to Theresa about the girl who used to play Ace in Dr Who years ago and it turns out that she has been doing nothing but voice-over parts since then.
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