GEICO Announcer Fired For Calling Tea Partiers ‘Retarded,’ Potential Murderers
You’d think people learned that if Rahm Emanuel can’t get away with it, it’s probably best not to use the word. Lance Baxter, AKA “D.C. Douglas,” the voice actor most notable for his work in GEICO commercials, has been dismissed from his job for using his highly recognizable voice to leave a voicemail in the mailbox of Tea Party group Freedomworks asking how many of its members were “mentally retarded” and what the response would be when a member inevitably killed someone.
Douglas responded to his removal with a blog post that is now offline but partially reproduced on PRWire.com:
“I called as a private citizen to make a complaint,” explains Mr. Douglas. “Racism and homophobia are my Achilles heal, but unfortunately my message included inappropriate words and I am sorry for that. However, telling their members to harass my employer to get me fired is an egregiously disproportionate response to my actions.”
He also says on his Facebook page that he is going to “take tea bags and make lemonade” and thanks fans for being “NICE” and “REASONABLE.”
It’s worth noting that GEICO is not exactly in the Tea Party movement’s pocket, either, as it was one of many companies to boycott Tea Party darling The Glenn Beck Program when its host claimed Barack Obama had a “deep-seeded hatred of white people, or the white culture.”
Megyn Kelly’s report on the story below:
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