Guest Expressed: “Top 5 Most Unenthusiastic Celebrity Endorsements”

Today’s guest, Stuart Kerr, explores the exciting world of celebrity endorsements. Wait, did I say “exciting”? I meant “mind-numbingly boring”. Enter Stuart:

We’ve all thought it – “surely they have enough money – why are they doing it?” – it seems some celebrities can never have enough money and are prepared to sell their souls for a few extra dollars in their back pocket.

If I was paying through the nose to have a celeb represent my brand the least I would want is for them to look like they actually believe what they are saying, or at the very least not look hung-over. Let’s take a look at five of the best endorsement fails.

5. Wayne Rooney – Coca Cola

Let’s face it Mr. Rooney is not oozing with charisma – as good as he is on the football pitch we can’t see his career as an actor or television presenter taking off once he’s past his prime. Coca Cola decided to ignore this minor flaw when they signed him up for an estimated $1 million a year sponsorship deal, including a number of adverts.

Take a look at the back-stage video of Wayne filming his coca-cola commercial and you can see him skulking around kicking the cans around for fun, looking like he really doesn’t want to be there. No matter – after his prostitution scandal hit the papers his contract was terminated. Pepsi Wayne?

4. Rajon Rondo – iRenew Writsband

This sports wristband “May help to promote Balance strength and Endurance” – well I think “may” is the operative word there, certainly if you are basketball star Rajon Rondo, he looks to have endured more than enough of the photo-shoot for this particular product. Come on Rajon – give us a smile at least!

3. Ozzy Ozbourne – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

As he states in the advert (and many other places) – Ozzy Ozbourne is the “Prince of Darkness” – so what he’s even doing advertising butter in the first place is a mystery. Still, luckily Ozzy hasn’t brought too much to the table in terms of his acting ability, bumbling around, he may well actually be a little drunk. Still, perhaps his low-level enthusiasm allows him to get away without too much ribbing from his death-rock friends.

2. Steven Segal – Lightning Bolt Energy Drink

You can’t fault Segal for trying with his movie career, many years after Under Siege 2 bombed and pretty much wrote off his career, he’ still firing off films like it’s 1995. Perhaps if he had used a little bit of that enthusiasm for subjecting us to his slow-handed martial arts to push his ‘Lightning Bolt’ energy drinks we’d be watching ‘Team Segal’ winning the formula one instead of Red Bull. Still he has managed to get a couple of good looking girls into the video, but that is barely enough for him to get off his butt and really sell, or even learn his lines it seems.

1. Ronnie O’Sullivan – Pool Cues

There’s no doubt that ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan is still one of the greatest forces in competitive snooker out there today. However in this photo-shoot for snooker and pool cue manufacturer BCE he looks like he could do with a rocket up his back side. Sure standing there all day holding pool cues can’t be too much fun, but if I was the photographer I wouldn’t let him leave until he’d cracked a believable smile!

20 thoughts on “Guest Expressed: “Top 5 Most Unenthusiastic Celebrity Endorsements”

  1. Ozzy is a perfect choice for commercials–just not the ones they’re paying him for. Instead, he should be cast in anti-drug public service ads. “Hey kids, you want to end up like this?” close up image of Ozzy stumbling and mumbling around the house. “No? Then stay away from drugs.” Of course, public service ads aren’t likely to net Ozzy millions. 🙂


  2. raeme67 says:

    @NestExpressed I was thinking, yes sometimes I do that , Ozzy could use some of that butter to fry up some of those leftover bat heads.


  3. raeme67 says:

    Ozzy and butter?- Well, of course, I just had to  look it up on  youtube after reading this and  that commercial is  going to give me more nightmares than his original album covers did.-Thanks a lot!!


    •  @raeme67 Hehehee if you’re not ready for Ozzy you shouldn’t look at Ozzy…you, can’t, handle, Ozzy! By the way, all videos have been linked to, but I forgot to change them from headings so they didn’t show up as such – now you can explore it all again directly from here 😉


      • raeme67 says:

         @Daniel Nest  Oh Great!   Darn this curious mind!   What trouble will you get me in to this time?  🙂  And can anyone ever prepare enough to handle Ozzy?


      • raeme67 says:

         @Daniel Nest I don’t think anyone can… I just wish to all that is holy that  in that one commercial they would not have doubled him-Two Ozzy is just too much Ozzy! 
        What is up with ? Are you unsure Mr. Nest? Or do you just like these? marks?


      • raeme67 says:

         @Daniel Nest I don’t know?  I can’t even construct a decent sentence?  Unhandleable a word? I doubt it?  But that would not stop me from using it.?
        Why not what?- Using  so many ? is very confusing?  😉  Why is that?


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