By Nick Barringer MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (EIEIO) The Tactical Strength...
Douche of the Week: GEICO
By Mr. Twisted
“That’s interesting…You know what makes me sad? YOU DO! Maybe we should chug on over to mamby-pamby land, where maybe we can find some self-confidence for you, ya JACK WAGON!”
As you probably remember, Gunny Hartman, aka R. Lee Ermey, did a television advertisement for GEICO Auto Insurance as “therapist Sarge,” effectively bringing the hammer down on some touchy-feely guy seeking an emotional moment in what ended up being one of the funnier commercials to grace the ever-weakening world of broadcast TV. Well, after Ermey, a former Marine Corps Drill Instructor, went on a rant about the current President, GEICO decided to part ways and continue down a non-offensive, douchebaggery path of life.
Of course GEICO has the right to fire an employee for going on a public rant about the President. I believe private companies should have the freedom to hire and fire who they want. But I also believe in that whole free speech thing that everyone is always talking about, and part of that, as a consumer, allows me the opportunity to call out GEICO on a public forum for being complete Douchebags for firing a guy who is A) a veteran, and B) a veteran who was exercising free speech. Let’s face the facts here and realize that they fired him because they were being too worried about political correctness to have a spine.
What happened to the companies who had the stones to say “hey, even if we don’t agree with what our man said, we agree with his right to say it and we stand by him”? GEICO has proven that they certainly aren’t worthy of any respect in that regard, as they have their tail tucked so far between their legs that they fired ol’ Gunny before there was even a lot of press about what he did. It was like preemptive douchebaggery by being scared without anything to be scared of. Remember Bill Paxton’s character, PVT Hudson, in the movie Aliens? That’s GEICO dealing with R. Lee Ermey, it would appear.
Hey GEICO, I’ve got some news for you: most of the country has an opinion on the President, and it’s a negative one for over half of the population. Most of the country thinks R. Lee Ermey is pretty freakin’ cool. So maybe you should grab your balls and stop worrying so much about not offending people. Maybe, just maybe, you should stand out from every other wussified major corporation in today’s business world and not be complete pansies who are terrified of offending anyone and everyone.
That’s what Gunny Hartman asked in the movie Full Metal Jacket.
And now we must answer that question with…GEICO Auto Insurance.
What wins them a Douche award is not their decision to fire someone for having different political beliefs – it’s their inability to refrain from bowing to the ever-increasing namby-pambiness of our country. With the incredibly high rate of spinelessness, the last thing that will appeal to me as a potential customer is a company firing a guy for going on a rant that, in all likelihood, most people never heard. All out of fear regarding possible damage to their image.
Oh and they also fired the guy who voiced that lizard over similar circumstances. Which is too bad, really – I was all set to make a video of teeing up a Gecko with my Tiger Woods-like swing and launching it on behalf of the Gunny.
GEICO – You truly are the Douche of the Week.