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Charles Barkley Didn't Realize He Was On TV And Called His Weight Watchers Endorsement 'Scam'
Business Insider ^ | 01/06/2012 | Tony Manfred

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 going—getting paid for watching sports—this 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: charlesbarkley; weightwatchers

1 posted on 01/06/2012 7:50:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
That loud mouth buffoon has been scamming everyone for 20 years.
2 posted on 01/06/2012 7:53:39 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s jus turrible!


3 posted on 01/06/2012 7:54:25 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oops.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 7:57:21 AM PST by Suz in AZ
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how many calories his foot has?


5 posted on 01/06/2012 7:57:43 AM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wasn't he also misquoted in his autobiography?
6 posted on 01/06/2012 8:01:51 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Not the first time he has been caught running his mouth and saying something he thought would be off the record.

I remember some years back he was caught saying "that's why I hate white people."

7 posted on 01/06/2012 8:02:02 AM PST by red-dawg
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Frank Caliendo does a great impersonation of Chucky.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEJG06qEwLA&feature=related


8 posted on 01/06/2012 8:02:58 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, Chaz can probably kiss this “scam” adios.

In his own words, “Knucklehead”.


9 posted on 01/06/2012 8:03:39 AM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would never buy anything he endorsed.


10 posted on 01/06/2012 8:16:34 AM PST by texaschick
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“That’s jus turrible!”

Surriously! What a nukkahead...


11 posted on 01/06/2012 8:25:16 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Many things that are rare now were merely unpopular back then.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“THE ROUND MOUND OF REBOUND”? Now he’ll be THE SKINNY HILL OF TALKING? Don’t work....doesn’t rhyme.


12 posted on 01/06/2012 8:35:22 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: stevio

LOL


13 posted on 01/06/2012 8:41:32 AM PST by stormer
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 01/06/2012 8:42:10 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind

Way past time Americans open their eyes to the ‘scam’ of sports, ‘stars’, pundits, the corrupt media....


15 posted on 01/06/2012 8:48:20 AM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 01/06/2012 8:49:49 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: SeekAndFind
Charles may be kind of a dumbass, but he once made a statement I'll never forget; there was an issue over some statement he's made regarding officiating during a game and he ended up getting fined $5,000. He made the point that money meant nothing because he was basically the richest guy in the room. Somebody then called him out about being a poor role model for kids and he said this: “Don't expect ME to raise YOUR kids.”
17 posted on 01/06/2012 8:50:18 AM PST by stormer
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To: Our man in washington

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.


18 posted on 01/06/2012 8:51:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: stormer

Didn’t this guy once considered running for governor of Alabama? ( as a Republican too ).


19 posted on 01/06/2012 8:52:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ya mean Charles Barkley the GOP supporter that voted for Obama


20 posted on 01/06/2012 9:00:26 AM PST by uncbob
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To: stormer
“Don't expect ME to raise YOUR kids.”

But tell them to buy the brand of basketball shoes I endorse
21 posted on 01/06/2012 9:02:37 AM PST by uncbob
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To: SeekAndFind

Do you mean Charles “I’m a dumb ass” Barkley?


22 posted on 01/06/2012 9:24:20 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes and he jug lubs him some ObambR...


23 posted on 01/06/2012 11:47:57 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes and he juz lubs him some ObambR...


24 posted on 01/06/2012 11:48:19 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

I have lost more than 10 pounds in the last 3 months—by eliminating soda pop, chips, and french fries from my diet.


25 posted on 01/06/2012 11:53:33 AM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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To: Our man in washington
Economists call it “the surplus value.”

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.

26 posted on 01/06/2012 12:04:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


27 posted on 01/06/2012 2:06:43 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

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.


28 posted on 01/06/2012 3:19:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 4:09:08 PM PDT by Joe Black 11
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