10 Strangest Celebrity Endorsements - Oddee.com
10 Strangest Celebrity EndorsementsPublished on Today 10/8/2009 under Advertising - by Gracie Murano -
Pope Leo XIII & Mariani
In the 1880s, Pope Leo XIII, Queen Victoria and Pope Saint Pius X praised Vin Mariani, a popular drink made from Bordeaux wine laced with cocaine from coca leaves! Pope Leo XIII even awarded a gold medal to the drink and appeared in a poster endorsing it. The ad stated, "His Holiness the Pope writes that he has fully appreciated the beneficent effects of this Tonic Wine and has forwarded to Mr. Mariani as a token of his gratitude a gold medal bearing his august effigy." The drink was the inspiration for a carbonated version called Coca-Cola. (Link)
Ozzy Osbourne & I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
I can't belive it's… Ozzy Osbourne! Probably the last person you would expect to air a commercial promoting I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in a kitchen while baking fairy cakes.
Gorbachev & Louis Vuitton
Even if you don't read Russian, a recent print ad for Louis Vuitton is something of a visual joke: Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the last leader of the old Soviet Union, sits in a limousine as it passes a remaining part of the Berlin Wall, an open Louis Vuitton bag beside him. (Link)
Mr. T & Flavor Wave Oven Turbo
Mr. T, star of the 1980s TV show The A-Team, hosted an interesting commercial for Flavor Wave Oven Turbo. I guess Mr. T agreed to do an infomercial because he didn't think his persona had become cheesy enough already. The lines “And of course it had to be low fat” and “I pity the fool that keeps Mr. T waiting” are just priceless.