Rob Lowe is wearing pants up to his belly button. His hair is parted in the middle, and he has a fanny pack fastened around his waist. He’s standing at a urinal and looks at the camera with a shy smile: “I can’t pee with other people in the room,” he admits. This is the nerdy version of Rob Lowe featured in a new DirecTV commercial, and this is the scene that upset an advocacy group for shy bladder syndrome.
“Shy bladder syndrome” affects, by the International Paruresis Association‘s estimates, 7 percent of the U.S. population. People with the syndrome have a hard time urinating if other people are nearby, and the CEO of that association, Steve Soifer, thinks the DirecTV ad is making light of that struggle. READ FULL STORY