I hope all you fine people are feeling fine and dandy. I’m in one of my ranting moods and I’m going to climb up upon this old soapbox of mine and…where did that come from? Soapbox? I have to say that in all my years I have never seen a soapbox that could accommodate my frame. So, where exactly did that term come from? Soapbox, yeah right. I can guarantee you that there is a story in there somewhere, about how some dude was doing something and decided to get all high and mighty with the peasants, as you do, and got up on a soapbox to do so. Thus the soapbox thing began. I’m sure it was something like this. Back in those days I guess a soapbox must’ve been quite a box.
Anyway, now for something a little different. I was thinking about the whole recommendation thing. I’m sure you have too, as you are all enlightened individuals. You know, how someone on TV or in a movie or the paper does something and tells the viewer that they should do the same thing. It’s the old Troy McClure from the Simpsons gag, isn’t it? “Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You might remember me from that porn movie from the 80’s called 'Black Heat'. I’m here to tell you about sofas!”
It’s amazing how many times you see this in the various forms of media. I won’t get on a tangent in politics, partly because Duckman has made it website policy not to talk politics for three years until our next election, but I will say that you get these celebrities who talk about how great their party is. The question I always ask myself is, however, are these people actually using these products? If some dude is going on about this miracle shampoo, is he using it at home? I would like to go to these people’s houses with a camera crew and bust into their house and do my own thing. “Hi, I’m Weasel from Stuffed Duck Productions and we’re here to find out if you actually stand behind your recommendation for pirate cream.” “What?” “Yes, you know, the television ad you did last week for pirate cream, the cream that puts the 'buc' in buccaneer.” That would be cool. I could be like an extreme TV personality.
You just know that half these people who recommend such things are not actually using them. Most of them get paid to care, or paid to put their face to a product. But while I get that I think most of these celebrities would be embarrassed if you could prove that they don’t actually use these products themselves.
Rant over. I could go on, but you guys get the point.
See you on the flipside.