People will do anything for a bit of the green these days, especially celebrities.
Despite earning millions from their chosen profession—be it acting, music or born Kardashian—most celebrities are more than happy to flog their mug and endorse a product for a 30-second commercial and earn ten times what I make in a year. To be fair, if I were in their position I’d do the same. Travis Scott just inked a multi-million dollar deal with McDonald’s and it’s happy days for him, but not all celebs can attract a brand as well known and powerful as the Golden Arches. Some celebs are forced to partner with lesser-known companies or advertise products they’d normally never use just to make a buck. So here’s a look at the weirdest celebrity products your favourite celebrities have endorsed.
Snoop Dogg – Menulog
When it comes to endorsement deals, Snoop Dogg reigns supreme. The rapper is willing to put his name to just about anything, from Monster energy drinks to America’s favourite microwave snack, Hot Pockets. Snoop’s most surprising venture came earlier this year when he hooked up with UberEats rival Menulog. Not only is Snoop front and centre of their ad campaign, but he raps in the commercial, spitting gems like ‘Burger in the low low / Hope they kept the pickle in.’ He’s also seen sitting in a hot tub with an animated slice of pizza and eating tacos in the château. It’s hard to watch one of rap’s greats sell-out like this, but considering this is the guy who also promoted Norton Anti-virus without damaging his brand, it’s safe to say he’s laughing all the way to the bank.
Ozzy Osbourne – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
These days the Prince Of Darkness is best remembered for biting the head off a bat, but for a few years in the early 00s, Ozzy Osbourne became a household name for a new generation of fans thanks to hit reality show The Osbournes. It was during this period Ozzy decided to make a little extra coin by shilling for America’s favourite butter substitute, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. The result is this hilariously awful advert featuring twin Ozzy’s cooking fairy cakes.
Warren G – Affirm XL Male Enhancement Pills
A whole host of famous men have used their profile to endorse male enhancement pills, from football legend Pele to former presidential candidate Bob Dole, but none have been shamed by fans as much as Warren G. The man behind 90s hit ‘Regulate’ became the spokesperson for Affirm XL Male Enhancement Pills and starred in several commercials for the company. When social media got wind of Warren G’s new venture the trolling was endless, forcing the rapper to release a statement claiming he never signed a contract with Affirm XL and didn’t know about any of their ads, despite appearing in them. After watching the commercials you’ll soon understand why Warren G was quick to distance himself from the product.
Drew Barrymore – Crocs
Crocs are a divisive item of clothing, and one I think should be eradicated. Despite my hatred for these hideous things, people around the world seem to love them, including actress Drew Barrymore. The Hollywood starlet starred in an excruciating one-and-a-half-minute-long commercial for the brand that features her singing and dancing in a variety of Crocs. Props to Barrymore for not giving a fuck about doing such an awkward ad, but even her appearance won’t get me splashing my hard-earned for this ridiculous footwear brand.
Bob Dylan – Victoria’s Secret
Whenever I hear the words Victoria’s Secret, images of women scantily clad in ridiculously expensive underwear come to mind. But that’s not what the marketing team behind the brand wanted me to think when they employed Bob Dylan, of all people, for an advertising campaign in 2013. What the incoherent mumblings of Dylan have to do with knickers and bras is anyone’s guess, but the great man lent his melancholy track ‘Love Sick’ to the commercial. Dylan comes off slightly creepy as Adriana Lima looks seductively at the camera with a pair of angel wings strapped to her back. Weird.
Memphis Bleek – Garnier Fructis
Memphis Bleek isn’t someone the majority of people would classify as a celebrity, but the Roc-A-Fella Records rapper has been Jay-Z’s best friend and hype man for almost two decades. Being in the shadow of Jay can’t be easy, and with his rap career never really taking off, it’s no surprise Bleek was happy to sign any advertisement deal that came his way, including one with Garnier Fructis. Mostly known for commercials that feature woman washing their hair, their deal with Bleek included the hype man rapping in a cringe-worthy ad. When asked about why he decided to endorse the brand, Bleek was forthright, revealing, ‘They called me like, yo, we got X amount with this many zeros…’ Fair enough, I guess.