CreepyFest 2009: Chris Farley in David Spade's DirecTV commercial

The new DirecTV commercial, in which David Spade watches Chris Farley’s “Fat Guy in a Little Coat” scene from Tommy Boy while appearing to exist in the same room as Farley, is freaking me out. I loved that movie, but can’t decide if this a sweet homage to a sexy moment or semi-disrespectful exploitation of the dead. Anyone remember last October’s Poltergeist-spoofing ad featuring child star Heather O’Rourke, who passed away in 1988? You stay classy, DirecTV!



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  • CA

    Never even thought of it that way. Like all of these commercials, I figured it was an iconic movie scene that many of us are familiar with (and love!)

    • dawnomite

      Agree completely, CA.

  • Ned

    I think this is an unfair poll, since I’d imagine a majority would vote that he should have turned the commercial down even if Farley was still alive.

  • Ned

    As long as this keeps them from playing the commercial with that horrible Black Eyed Peas song, he could dance on Farley’s grave as far as I’m concerned.

    • Brian

      WORD

    • CA

      LOL…YESSSS

  • Chris

    i thought it was a little creepy when i first saw it… i’d forgotten about the Poltergeist one till now

  • katy

    I’m surprised, considering Spade and Farley were such close friends, that he would pimp Farley’s legacy like this.

    • jeff

      couldn’t agree more. does spade really need the money? if he was such a great friend, he wouldn’t have done the commercial. it make me ill.

  • Jill

    Spade pays homage to Farley at the end of the commercial when he smiles and says “it never gets old”. Because it’s hilarious every time. Will you never watch “Tommy Boy” again just because Chris is dead?

    I agree with Ned about the BEP one.

  • Josie

    I mentioned this to my boyfriend yesterday. It’s creeping me out just thinking about it. Although it did make me want to watch Tommy Boy. Soooo… Mission Accomplished? Bravo, David, bravo.

  • darclyte

    Spade should have said no. No question about it. When Farley died, Spade was too upset to even attend his funeral. Now he has no trouble “selling out” an iconic moment with his friend to shill a product. Well, considering that he knocked up a 20 something Playboy Playmate and allegedly hardly sees his kid, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that he doesn’t have the guts to not sell out his best friend.

  • Sara

    These DirecTV commercials suck enough as it is, what with the whole selling out classic film in order to promote a cable company, but whatevs. But I saw this ad last night and was just totally shocked – what an insult to Farley’s memory.

  • homerox13

    DirecTV should just stop this whole line of ads, period. Do they really think anyone wants to remember some of their favorite movies/scenes (ahem, “King Kong”) of all-time as lame shills for a television service? Enough, please!

  • Al

    I felt a little uneasy watching it but I think it is harmless. I wonder if Farley’s family knew about it in advance and gave their blessing.

  • wp2012

    Is it wrong that the only time farley made me laugh was when I heard he passed away?

  • Kim

    Omg! I thought it was just me who was creeped out!

  • DTVSucks

    Direct TV can choke on the vomit I’ve expelled over ALL their crap commercials!

  • Emoney

    I was horrified by the Poltergeist commercial. Totally inappropriate. I haven’t seen this one yet, but I have a feeling I will feel the same way.

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