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Should Showtime Pull 'United States of Tara' Japanese Earthquake Story?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 7th 2011 2:45PM
United States of TaraThe characters on 'United States of Tara' often find themselves in tough situations. After all, it comes with the territory of living with a mom with dissociative identity disorder. Right now, though, it's Showtime that has to deal with a sticky situation.

On Monday, the network will broadcast an episode that will feature a Japanese earthquake preventing one of the characters from leaving Kansas (see below for further details).

Given the country's devastating earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear problems in March, along with news of today's 7.4-magnitude quake, should Showtime pull the episode or do some immediate altering to its content?

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Shenae Grimes Talks Being in Japan During Earthquake, Starting Relief Campaign (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 1st 2011 4:35AM
Shenae Grimes Talks Japan on 'Chelsea Lately'Shenae Grimes and her friend Nikki were in Japan when the earthquake struck. "We were actually in front of this giant Buddha," she recalled on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). "I sat and felt my butt moving -- and I wasn't moving it -- for like an hour and a half. And [then] it was a nine-hour drive back to Tokyo."

The '90210' star was moved by the kindness of the Japanese people, and now wants to do "everything we can think of" to help the country recover from the devastation. "We're starting a viral campaign called Spread the Heart" to raise awareness for Japan relief efforts. She pointed to the small heart drawn on her cheekbone and explained, "That's what my heart's for."

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Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice of Aflac Duck Over Japan Tsunami Jokes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 15th 2011 9:25AM
Gilbrt GottfriedControversial comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has been fired from his longtime job as the voice of the Aflac Duck in TV commercials.

The insurance giant severed ties with Gottfried Monday after he Tweeted several crude jokes about the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last week.

In a statement, Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said, "Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac."

Zuna added that, "Aflac Japan -- and by extension Japan itself -- is part of the Aflac family. There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times."

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