So I'm watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy last night, which frankly, hasn't gotten much better since the season premiere, (click here for my comments) when I see the cheesiest ad for hair gel starring... wait for it... Patrick Dempsey.
Now, I think we can all agree that Patrick has great hair. But Patrick is a television A-lister, a prime-time hunk of McHotness. These types of TV ads, they're not for A-listers. They're reserved for the has-beens who are desperately looking to reclaim some kind of status, after having fallen off the pedestal of popularity, for those who end up on Dancing with the Stars, which should really be renamed Dancing with Z-listers. I mean come on, who are these people? Brad Pitt is a star. Angelina Jolie is a star. The people on this show should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as Brad or Angelina. But I digress.
Patrick, don't be greedy. You're a star. Leave these shitty commercials to the Lorenzo Lamases and the Harry Hamlins of the world. They need the money and the exposure. This type of prostitution can only hurt you and undermine your sex symbol, successful actor status. When people see ads like these, they think to themselves: "Oh now look at him, poor guy, he's so desperate for work he's in this cringe-inducing commercial for hair gel." Is that what you want Patrick? People's pity? Trust me, the paycheck is not worth the damage this will do to your reputation. The only time you should appear in a commercial like this is on Saturday Night Live.