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Commercial spoofs take shots at DirecTV's Chris Farley spot

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:02PM
Controversy raged last weekend as fans and media types reacted to a new DirecTV ad using the late Chris Farley in scenes from Tommy Boy. Now, some aggressive YouTubers are taking their shot at offending some people (with DirecTV execs at the top of the list).

The original ad featured a live action David Spade discussing DirecTV against Farley's antics from Tommy Boy. While Spade insisted Farley wouldn't mind, a lot of his fans took offense to using a dead man to hawk a product.

But the video below, from a YouTube page, The Landline, lights up the satellite TV provider with an edgy send-up of the "dead talk cash" stunt with faked DirecTV ads featuring a pseudo Heath Ledger, John F. Kennedy, and someone else you'll recognize.

There's a conspiracy theory floating around that this is actually clever viral marketing from DirecTV itself -- since no publicity is bad publicity. But, if that were true, and word really got out, it'd be "deadly" to the company's business.

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Unfortunately, someone's put a lot of time, talent and money into these spoofs.

The problem with the Farley ad isn't that they used his image (with his family's permission, mind you), but that Spade agreed to appear in it. He rode Farley's coattails in life and continues to do so in death. It's sick.

A better spoof would be Spade with more dead co-stars -- like Phil Hartman.

November 05 2009 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


November 04 2009 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Private video won't let us watch

November 04 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't watch the video alas; it's marked as private. Be interested in seeing it, too. Thanks.

November 04 2009 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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