Men, What Do They Know?

Mimi ON Jan 07, 2009 AT 4:04 pm

Woolworths

Woolworths

It has been a testing yuletide for many of us this year, the credit crunch, the receiving of Woolworths’ gift vouchers being even more disappointing than usual, unemployment up, confidence down. Before long we’ll be back to the stage where we’re glad to get a handful of Brazil nuts and a clip round the ear for Christmas.
           
As well as financial restraints, many a growing number of unemployed people around the country will be suffering from a lack of esteem and self-worth, an unwanted but common by-product of joblessness. Christmas can indeed be a hard time for many.

Take That

Take That

Also this year we’ve had the extra difficulty of not knowing which supermarket Take That want us to shop at. Musically they’re supporting Morrisons, visually Marks and Spencer. As a dedicated fan I’ve had to split my shopping between the two. I’m just glad East 17 weren’t endorsing Waitrose otherwise I’d have bankrupted myself.
           
Celebrities should be more careful as to who they involve themselves with. Not just for the trouble it causes us fans but also for their own image. Maybe it’s the recession and the fear of poverty but celebrities seem to have less and less scruples about being in embarrassing adverts for cash

George Clooney

George Clooney

you wouldn’t think they’d need. Does George Clooney really need to advertise Espresso? Perhaps he’s just so violently opposed to Kenco that he feels he must act. And was Jason Donovan not insulted that Iceland deemed him to be at the same destitute level of celebrity as Kerry Katona and Colleen Nolan? At least fate has intervened with the ‘Gillette Three’ Tiger Woods, Thierry Henry and Roger Federer. Obviously God feels that these outrageously wealthy sportsmen are pushing their luck with their crap acting and has punished them accordingly. Woods has smashed his knee ligaments, Henry has just had his worst season as an adult and Federer keeps getting beaten by a British tennis player.

And it isn’t just advertising money that celebrities are desperately grasping at, it’s anything they can get. It is a little known fact that TV chat shows sometimes have reserve guests in case one of the scheduled guests doesn’t turn up. DJ Dr Fox was one such reserve guest for a show recently and turned up in his best suit for three weeks running, desperately hoping that he’d get on. In the end he never did. This is the dark side of fame. Imagine the shame, sitting in the green room, your hopes fading every time another celebrity minces through the door.
 ”Ah Foxy, are you on tonight too?”
“Only if Cheggers goes under a bus, now you’re here.”
They get paid of course, but can you put a price on your self-respect? It seems Dr Fox can.

Gillette - Named Worst Advert

Gillette - Named Worst Advert

 
It is easy to condemn the likes of Foxy, Donovan and the Gillette boys. We look at them and say ‘Where’s your self-respect man? Slagging your sorry self out to bring home that extra unneeded pound.’ But maybe we’re missing the point – at least they’re working. If their self-worth is this low whilst they are being gainfully employed, imagine what it would be like if they weren’t. It is surely better that Take That appear in adverts that try to make us shop at M&S rather that sit outside it asking us for loose change so they can buy a prawn ring and some Gillette razor blades.

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