Actor R. Lee Ermey, the drill-sergeant-therapist, claims Geico fired him for criticizing Obama (+video)

By “Full Metal Jacket” star and Geico’s “Therapist Sarge” R. Lee Ermey said the insurance giant fired him from his commercial spot for speaking out against President Barack Obama, according to a report from TMZ.

Ermey played a former drill sergeant in the commercial, where he called a weeping man a “jackwagon” before throwing a box of tissues at the man in a hilarious and popular commercial for Geico.

But in 2010, Ermey slammed the president’s policies, saying his administration was attempting to “impose socialism” on the American people and, in the process, was “destroying the country,” TMZ reports. Read more from this story HERE.

Here’s the original GEICO video with R. Lee Ermey:

  • CaptTurbo

    I had Progressive for years until I heard about them being liberals. Then, I FIRED them! Screw the liberal maggots. You’re OK in my book Gunny!

    • Matt

      Funny, because my wife’s dad recently retired from Progressive and mentioned to me a regular lunch that he would attend along with other high-ranking people at Progressive. This lunch group had an even split of both liberal and conservatives who would discuss and debate topics in a calm friendly matter.

      As a matter of fact, I recently interviewed for a position with Progressive at their offices in the Cleveland area. My interviewer was with one of the conservative members of this group and we made a few jokes at my father-in-law’s expense (as he is a liberal). But it was quite clear that there are people on all sides of the political spectrum in high-ranking positions at Progressive and that they are mutually respectful and can actually discuss their differences in a friendly and reasonable manner.

      As far as Gunny being fired from Geico, I can understand it from a business point of view. An insurance company will sell insurance to a pretty even split of both conservative and and liberals. As a business, your job is to maximize profits for your shareholders. If someone you hire who is fairly high profile and is hired to help promote your business (i.e., advertising) makes politically divisive statements, you risk losing customers. If a company run by conservatives fired a liberal spokesman who criticized Republicans and conservatives, I would support that too.

      Heck, I would imagine that a conservative president would fire a conservative spokesman who made politically divisive statements that would risk losing customers. Remember, the business of business is business. I want my business to make as much money as possible and to do that, I want it to sell to people from both sides of the political spectrum and I don’t want to alienate anyone. Isn’t part of being conservative being pro-business?

      • CaptTurbo

        Hogwash. They are pumping money to “progressive” causes. You can support them all you want. They won’t be getting any more of my money.

  • jimmyg

    I’ve been insured with GEICO since the mid 60s…
    I like Gunny and the ad but firing him for his political beliefs in my mind
    was wrong. Take Progressive’s president, he’s a huge Obama supporter
    right up there with Soros….I feel GEICO should reinstate the Gunny to more commercials….You have stretched my rubberband way to far, and maybe it’s time I shop around for another insurance company…..

  • They are not JUST liberals they are OWNED BY SOROS, I have sent my husband to our Insurance agent to get us another Insurance for the several vehicles we own. I WILL NOT CONTRIBUTE ONE THIN DIME TO SOROS in any shape or form.

  • Stealth

    I dropped Geico a LONG time ago!!

  • CSN

    Geico has funny commercials, which are a bit crazy….but I don’t go with crazy insurance, I go with State Farm. Am I selling something or what? State Farm is OK, and wasn’t named worst insurance company when I listened to Clark Howard Radio Program. I get a pretty good deal from them for Home Owners Insurance and Auto Insurance combined. You get a discount for the combination.

  • donebner