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Top 10 intercultural blunders of 2011

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 8:06 a.m. MST

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Stuart Ramson, Associated Press
After the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, Gilbert Gottfried made light of the situation via various posts to his Twitter account including, “Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking.’” Many celebrities made distasteful jokes about the tsunami, but Gottfried was also the spokesperson for insurer Aflac, which reportedly generates 75 percent of its business from Japan. Aflac fired Gottfried immediately.

Winner: Aflac reportedly donated $100 million yen to the International Red Cross to assist in disaster relief for Japan.
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Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Another pizza-themed cultural blunder from 2011...

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin walk into a pizza shop in Manhattan. Except it's a chain restaurant. And The Donald eats his slice with a fork.

No self-respecting New Yorker would go to a chain pizzeria (especially when showing a guest the city). And the only proper way to eat it is to fold the slice in half lengthwise in your hand. Save the knife and fork for your pizza margherita in Napoli.

ComSen1
Sandy, UT

Seriously? You include Olivia Wilde about preparing "in Swiss" and let Obama go for his comment on the "Austrian language?"

Adam Wooten
Pleasant Grove, UT

Good point, ComSen1. That "Austrian language" comment could have been a good one to include. Thanks for the feedback!

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