Skip to comments.Charles Barkley Didn't Realize He Was On TV And Called His Weight Watchers Endorsement 'Scam'
Posted on 01/06/2012 7:50:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Charles Barkley thought the cameras were off during commercial break of TNT's broadcast of the Hawks-Heat game last night.
But NBA.tv was streaming live when Barkley went on one of his funny mini-rants and called his Weight Watchers endorsement a "scam."
"I thought this was the greatest scam goinggetting paid for watching sportsthis Weight Watchers thing is a bigger scam," he said.
To be fair, he never said that Weight Watchers itself was a scam (he talked about how he lost two pounds a week for three months). He's saying it's a scam that all he has to do is lose weight to get paid gobs and gobs of money.
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That’s jus turrible!
I wonder how many calories his foot has?
I remember some years back he was caught saying "that's why I hate white people."
Frank Caliendo does a great impersonation of Chucky.
Well, Chaz can probably kiss this “scam” adios.
In his own words, “Knucklehead”.
I would never buy anything he endorsed.
“Thats jus turrible!”
Surriously! What a nukkahead...
“THE ROUND MOUND OF REBOUND”? Now he’ll be THE SKINNY HILL OF TALKING? Don’t work....doesn’t rhyme.
A tally light is a small red light on a TV camera. If the camera is pointed at you and the light is shining, you’re on TV. He should have made sure the light wasn’t on when he spoke.
Way past time Americans open their eyes to the ‘scam’ of sports, ‘stars’, pundits, the corrupt media....
That’s the great thing about a free market system. Barkley is essentially saying that the cost to him of providing a service is far less than people are willing to pay him for it. He might call it a “scam.” Economists call it “the surplus value.” It’s the same thing.
If the market level of a common job is $20 an hour, there are almost certainly some employers who would be glad to pay $30 an hour to get someone to do the job and some workers who would be glad to do it for $10 an hour. Both the employer and worker think they are getting a great deal at $20 an hour. They are—that’s what makes free exchange so great.
You know what? I ought to e-mail Charles Barkley and cut and paste what you just wrote.
That will probably get him off the hook and impress the ladies with him.
Didn’t this guy once considered running for governor of Alabama? ( as a Republican too ).
Ya mean Charles Barkley the GOP supporter that voted for Obama
Do you mean Charles “I’m a dumb ass” Barkley?
Yes and he jug lubs him some ObambR...
Yes and he juz lubs him some ObambR...
I have lost more than 10 pounds in the last 3 months—by eliminating soda pop, chips, and french fries from my diet.
And that's why non-economists call economics a "dismal science". What Barkley gets for endorsing whatever is not the same as $30 an hour for sweeping the floors. To him, and to the thinking people who won't buy such products because of endorsements (there are a few of them), it is a scam.
I respectfully disagree. Let’s say you own an acre of land and I am familiar with every stick and stone on that property. I also know what every nearby property has sold for. Property normally sells for a thousand an acre. For whatever reason, I really want that property you own. You offer to sell it to me for a million dollars. I buy it from you.(This is theoretical—I’m not a rich man.) You would have taken much less, but will gladly take a million.
Have you scammed me? I would argue no. Many would call my preferences foolish, but I had free choice and knew what I was getting.
In the same way, we might saying that someone is foolish for buying a weight loss product because Charles Barkley loses weight. But the facts are in front of them. They are willing to pay a little bit more because of Barkley’s endorsement. We can’t question people’s right to their preferences on such matters without questioning the whole idea of freedom itself.
Many people feel this way, and therefore, Barkley’s endorsement is worth a great deal. He is able to meet the preferences of many people for doing very little work. We may not like that the income appeared to exceed the effort, but it was a legal exchange of goods with full knowledge on the part of all involved.
I do not question people’s right to their preferences, if anything, I question their judgment (or lack thereof.) Charles Barkley has as much, meaning little, to do with the product he is promoting as Michael Jordan does with the products that bear his name. In fact, I suspect that Jordan has nothing whatsoever to do with the Air Jordan sneakers. To sober persons those are the facts that should be in front of them when making personal economic decisions.
Alas, we don’t live in the age of sobriety. Ours is the age of marketing and personality cult. I imagine there is a (national) culture somewhere on the planet outside North Korea where celebrity endorsements are not practiced, and if they were, they’d be meaningless, inconsequential, and seen for the absurdity they represent.
Sometimes it takes a simple mind to observe the truth that eludes the Ph.Ds. This is such a case, in my view. To Barkley, and to him personally, the deal is a scam, even if it is legal and makes economic sense to the payer. He doesn’t see any intrinsic value to his personal endorsement.
I cannot disagree with your reasoning or your arguments, I’m trying to see things from Barkley’s point of view.
In this morning’s WSJ there is an article about Lee Child, the author of the Jack Reacher thriller series, that is finally coming to screen (with Tom Cruise as JR.) Child (not his real name) received multiple advances from Hollywood over the years for options on his novels. It all amounted to over a $ million, before the this, the first film went into production. All previous projects collapsed. “Free money,” says Child, just like Barkley says “Scam” of his advances.
Name one other public figure that could state he hates people of a different skin color, and get away w/ it. Not lose his TV job and be scorned forever.
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