NEW YORK (AP) — Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a “painfully awkward” actor Rob Lowe says that he can’t urinate in public.The satellite TV company suggests its critics should be able to take a joke. Part of a campaign to encourage people to switch from cable, the ad features two Lowes: a handsome one in a slick suit who claims to be a DirecTV customer, and a goofy-looking Lowe wearing a fanny pack with his hair parted in the middle. “Painfully awkward” Lowe is a cable customer.
The ad touts DirecTV’s service, saying cable makes subscribers wait.”Fact: I can’t go with other people in the room,” said awkward Lowe, standing at a urinal. The ad is in poor taste and ridicules a serious problem, said Steve Soifer, CEO of the International Paruresis Association, which estimates that some 7 percent of Americans have some form of “shy bladder syndrome.”
“We don’t mind if people have a little fun with it,” said Soifer, a social work professor at the University of Memphis. “It’s a situation that a lot of people don’t understand. In this particular case, the portrayal is making it look ridiculous, that this guy is a loser for having a problem. “What if he didn’t have a leg or an arm?” he said. “Are you going to make fun of them?” Members of his group have written and called DirecTV, asking that the ad be removed. But Darris Gringeri, spokesman for DirecTV, said it won’t. “The ads will continue to run for the vast majority of viewers who have told us they enjoy the spots and understand that, like all of our commercials, they take place in a fantasy world ad are not based in reality,” Gringeri said.
Am I being punked? I’m being punked right? This can’t possibly be real life. First of all, shy bladder groups actually exist? Since when? Do people actually have meetings like they’re alcoholics? Sit around talking about how tough it is to piss when other people are in the room? That’s the very definition of over-sharing. And even if that is real, I just can’t believe that they are speaking out about a stupid fucking commercial. I know we say that X or Y is the end of our society and usually we’re speaking in hyperbole but this time I don’t think it’s an exaggeration. If shy bladder groups actually have rights and can speak out against commercials and express how offended they are then our society is fucked. Absolutely fucked. Shy bladder groups, you’ve got to be kidding me right now. Shut up and pee you weirdo freaks, or don’t, I really don’t care, just don’t cry to me about your penis problems and a harmless commercial.