Oh, the ever complex symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their corporate sponsors. Making each other money one handshake and photograph at a time. Yet all can go awry quite quickly in the fickle world of celebrity. Do something scandalous? It could cost you … a buttload.
It has been quite the few weeks for celebrities and brands: from Mountain Dew pulling Tyler The Creator’s racist commercia, to the Reebok CEO’s strange comments about Rick Ross, to Lil Wayne and his own problems with Mountain Dew. Nothing makes you apologize like the potential end of a deal. In honor of these rocky relationships, we dug through the list of tainted brand/celeb relationships. From fallen sports stars to non-role model supermodels, click through to see who else fell from the graces of corporate sponsorship.
Sometimes, we suppose, even celebrities need a few extra bucks. Maybe they want to buy a new Benz or a house in the south of France or add a bowling alley to the basement of their mansion? Either way, they often turn to advertising when singing, acting or modeling gigs start to dry up. But some celebrity endorsements have left us scratching our heads. Take Lisa Rinna, for instance, who announced she would be the new spokesperson for Depends Silhouettes. But not because she has bladder control issues. Because she wants to empower women. Not that there’s anything wrong with empowering women. It’s very noble. But there must be other ways. We are looking forward to the commercials. Keep on clicking to see some more baffling celebrity endorsements. [WOW]
We haven’t heard from national treasure Gary Busey in a while, and that’s because he’s busy selling cars. I mean he’s REALLY SELLING CARS! At Century III Kia in West Mifflin. He’s YELLING ABOUT SELLING CARS! He’s MAKING IMPORTANT DEALS! That’s the Busey way, after all. [YouTube]
When Nancy Reagan endorsed presidential candidate John McCain back in March, all she said was, “Ronnie [Ronald Reagan] and I always waited until everything was decided, and then we endorsed. Well, obviously this is the nominee of the party.” And that was it. Today, the LA Times writes that this mild endorsement might be the result of John McCain’s divorce from first wife Carol in 1980. Apparently, the Reagans were very fond of Carol, and even high-powered splits result in a division of friends. McCain may or may not have started dating Cindy before he and Carol were separated (there seems to be some discrepancies with the dates), and his marriage to Cindy within weeks of his divorce (they applied for a marriage license before McCain’s divorce had gone through) upset many Republicans. [LA Times] Keep reading »