Which celebrity shills have put you over the edge?

“I bet people can actually die of embarrassment. I bet it’s been medically proven.” –Angela Chase, My So-Called Life, 1994

“Grow your own lashes with Latisse! From Allergen, a company with 60 years of eye care experience.” –Claire Danes, commercial, 2010

Yesterday, while watching Slezak “act,” we realized the girl in the new Latisse commercial was not just a generic pretty young thing from central casting. It’s Claire Danes! Claire Danes sitting down with her fake friends for lunch (top)! Claire Danes pretending it was a coincidence that she would run into a handsome man she knows outside the restaurant (bottom)! Claire Danes window shopping, flanked by pals (not pictured; too depressing). The whole horror show makes me die inside more than Latisse’s warning “may cause increased brown pigmentation in the colored part of the eye, which may be permanent” ever could.

Avril/Jessica/Katy for Proactiv, fine. Julia and Jane for Healthy Choice: funny! I’m even inexplicably amused by the way Sally Field says “Boniva.” Brooke Shields for Latisse: Makes sense. But this is just wrong. Angela Chase should not have two hairy caterpillars growing out of her eyes like monsters. It’s too much.

Which celebrity shills have put you over the edge?

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  • Sara

    OMG, my brother and I watched this and said the same thing. We thought she was above this but maybe Temple Grandin doesn’t get paid the way we thought.

  • JanB1234

    I was hoping that it was someone who just looks a lot like her…

    • Amused

      THIS IS KARMA! Danes deserves no career! She stole a man from someone who was 8 months pregnant, with said man’s baby. HAHAHAHA! What goes around comes around….

  • MsDaisy

    What celebrity shills put me over the edge? Any commercial using the image of a long-dead icon. Fred Astaire dancing with a vacuum cleaner….disgusting.

  • shelly

    Dean Winters in the insurance commercial is too much for me.

    • Jak

      This! He went from OZ to a wind storm. sad.

  • Kim

    I know it was done pre-Lost, but seeing Evangeline Lilly in that weird sexy chatline commercial was seriously disturbing.

  • jen

    this is weird. why does she look like January Jones now? I wish she would go back to being a red head. and those eyelashes look like creepy super long ostrich eyelashes. I hate it!

    I still love her so I will forgive her for making this terrible commercial. stuff like this always reminds me of the cover girl commerical for Jade’s season of ANTM. they’re supposed to be natural but it looks so incredibly fake. anyway, I love how the “friends” are dressed in head to toe beige so they disappear next to her.

    • paula


    • Karate Pants

      Yup, I too hate her blonde hair. It’s just not right!

  • paula

    Yes, this is terribly sad. What’s sadder is that I still couldn’t keep myself from thinking, Damn, her lashes look awesome!

    • jennrae

      Latisse really does work. My eyes trip over my lashes now. Seriously.

      • Kristina

        My mom hates this product. Her name happens to be Latese.

  • TJ

    Hey, MSCL was, what, 15 years ago? How many big hits has she had since then? Let’s be real here, she’s not exactly in a position currently to be turning down any legit mortgage-paying opportunities.

  • Bethany
    • Reddahlia

      Bethany, you are so right on this one! It’s one thing for Fabio to shill for non-butter. But Megan Mullally? I am embarrassed on her behalf whenever I see this commercial.

      • Dana

        same here. My only thought that was that she was trying to get money to support a drug habit we don’t know about. I thought about starting a collection and sending it to her.
        She’s so much more talented than these commercials!

    • hmmmm

      This was the first one that came to my mind too….Seeing this commerical makes me SOOO sad for Megan Mullally….BRING KAREN BACK!!

  • Bethany

    Photos of the eye lashes growing is so creepy. Also, only Claire Danes may wear teal. Her fake friends must wear neutral colors.

  • RLS

    Hey, celebrities gotta eat, too. Entertainment is a business. Her doing glamour ads doesn’t distract from her talent one bit.

  • provato

    well I never understood your passion for “my so called life”, ok maybe I saw it out of context but it seemed very very mediocre to me.

    about this ad now… well I never critisise a person’s efforts to make money… so…

    • davey

      It actually saddens me when someone actually thinks MSCL was mediocre :(
      Probably the most realistic view of high school and teenage angst EVER seen on either big or small screen.

  • jolie

    That is so funny that other people have exactly the same reaction I do!! I love EW! Why, Claire, Why??? Maybe this is a medical issue very close to her heart? It is a public service announcement of a sort. Poor Claire.

  • Sarah

    I can’t stand Beyonce in the Feria commercials only b/c I don’t believe that black women can use the same hair dyes as white women. There is no way she uses that stuff.

    • orville

      That’s my thought for *any* of the celebrities shilling hair dye. There’s no way *those* highlights came from *that* box. Or any of them that ecome the face of whatever cosmetics company–sure she’s wearing Revlon/Maybelline/Cover Girl in the commercial, but goes straight back to Dior or Lancome on her own time.

      • orville


  • Fisher

    Saddest most pathetic thing I ever saw was former Dallas Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson doing a commercial for that stuff that’s suppose to make your..um, “male parts” grow bigger. Seriously Jimmy, WTF!!!!!!

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