I just saw a commercial for a tooth-whitening product where an attractive woman with great teeth was all "As a professional photographer, I really want my subjects to have white teeth." And just as she said this, a fine-print disclaimer popped up that said: Paid actress. Not a professional photographer.
This brings up so many questions for me. Such as:
-Doesn't the disclaimer destroy the whole point of the commercial (which is that this woman is an expert and we should listen to her)?
-Wouldn't it have made more sense to let the woman play herself? ("As a spokesmodel, I find I get a lot more work - and a lot more admiring glances! - when my teeth look their whitest!")
-If they were stuck on the idea of it being a photographer, couldn't they have found a real one? Or do real photographers all have yellowed, crumbling teeth?
-Why did they think a photographer would be the ultimate authority on white teeth, anyway? I'd've gone with a sociologist quoting actual studies on nicer teeth getting people better jobs, more friends, etc. (I'm sure there must be studies that show this).
-Do commercials without fine-print disclaimers actually feature real dentists/doctors/etc.? Because I always kind of assumed they were all paid actors.
So, yeah...every time I try to watch tv, I get baffled and infuriated and have to turn it off again. This time was a record, though: I reached my breaking point within 30 seconds.
It's gonna take a whollllllllle lot of Futurama to cleanse my palate this time.