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flo's avatar

...should never do advertisements, as in endorsemements? See detail?

Asked by flo (12974points) June 16th, 2010

As in who would make you lose all respect. For example salespeople generaly exaggerate the goodness of the product so, it wouldn’t be Salespeople. Please fill in the blank. If you have more than answer, please list them in order of importance.

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Seek's avatar

Well, not all respect, but I’d be really sad if Clint Eastwood became the next “Diabeetus”.

flo's avatar

I find it so puzzling when people want/need to be trusted, do ads. People who say “the government is lying to us, ...” and then in next breath they are doing an ad.

Seek's avatar

I’d do an ad in a heartbeat. Do you have any idea what national commercials pay for speaking parts? I mean, you’re talking a wad of dough for one day’s worth of work.

Nullo's avatar

None of the celebrities whose careers have meaning to me.
That means nobody from Star Trek or Star Wars, for instance.
Yes, I am aware that Shatner was lured by the siren call of money. I mourn his fall.

flo's avatar

I don’t mean names of people though, I mean, people in which line of work, other than acting
@Seek_Kolinahr but you mentioned, ”..I’d be sad if Clint Eastwood…” so do you mean people who seem to have made enough money shouldn’t do it, or because you feel he is trustworthy? (I just gave you the points I forgot to give you)
@Nullo is it because the kind of roles they play?

Seek's avatar

I named Clint because he, throughout his career, has had this almost unbelievable ability to choose excellent scripts, and perform some of the most beautiful directing I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

To reduce himself to supporting the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes would be like Babe Ruth having to support himself by coaching little league at the YMCA.

Nullo's avatar

@flo I suppose. Imagine if Indiana Jones appeared on your TV one day hawking, say, anti-fungal cream.
Advertising is blatantly about money. To the consumer, however, Movies are about entertainment; the money is a happy (albeit necessary) side-effect. And money carries dirty connotations.

flo's avatar

I suppose I should change the wording of the question. I really was not asking about actors , since acting/entertaining do not necessarily require trustworthiness. But I can undertand why you guys are focusing on them. The word “endorsement” is mostly used with the word “celebrity”. When a company uses someone for endorsement, it is conning the public, and it is saying to the public, “I am conning you ” or not?

flo's avatar

EDIT the above: ”...someone the public knows and trusts, trusts rightly or wrongly…”

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