Vintage Celebrity Endorsements That Would Be Taboo Today.
These days, celebrities are very careful about what they endorse. Endorsing a political figure, or even a product, could have serious repercussions for a celeb. This might explain why Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen kept forcing her hubby to stay quiet about his political endorsement last November. But funny enough, celebrities weren't always this cautious. In fact, celebrity endorsements have been used to promote products from as far back as the 1760s. So here is a sample of some of the strangest celebrity and product endorsements you probably didn't even know had ever existed.
During National Bible Week back in 1971, Sonny and Cher gave permission to use their image. Mind blowing, right?
Guess advertisers wanted to make the bible a bit groovier. But while it was common back in the 70s, religious endorsements are a lot less popular these days, especially among today's pop stars.
d-CON decided to beautify their roach traps by slapping the face of Muhammad Ali on their products.
Granted, there's no way you could have paid the popular boxer to come over to your house to knock those pesky roaches the hell out, but the pest control company felt that Ali helped pack a punch in their sales.
Since no one would dare cross the Neutral Zone to ask one of them to endorse your ale, this company chose the next best thing.
The only thing better than a Romulan is a half-Vulcan who was nearly seduced by a Romulan commander in Star Trek's "The Enterprise Incident." Well, actually, it was actor Leonard Nimoy, but it's still safer than hailing a Romulan Warbird.
Since Jerry Lewis endorsed Consolidated Paper, it makes sense that Pilot Pens would hire Rodney Dangerfield to endorse their products.
How does a pen and a comedian of Dangerfield's caliber mesh is beyond our understanding. Maybe because comedians had to write down their jokes in the old days, or maybe because consumers simply thought it was funny.
Vincent Price is synonymous with horror flicks, which is why he was called the father of horror flicks.
But would you ever consider Sun Giant Raisins to be scary? Well, maybe when you've got Vincent Price staring at you with a gaze that suggests he wants to kill you. But then, who'd be left to eat the raisins?
Sun Giant Raisins
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