Today, I went with Taka, after my classes, to see about getting a cell phone. It’s the only thing that is keeping me from reeeeeally exploring my surroundings…the fear that I will get lost and will never be able to find my way back…unless I have a cell phone…then, I don’t know what I’ll do…maybe call someone who can help me and then have them talk to someone on the street who can tell them where I am. Anywho, we went to the Softbank store to get the info about the phone, and much to my amazement, I see two very familiar faces on the wall, smiling and holding phones. They are Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. Yes, endorsing a Japanese cell phone company. You can imagine my surprise to see two, American actors, holding cell phones to their ears like they actually use Softbank. I expressed my concern about the legitimacy of the company, to use American actors, who couldn’t possibly be serviced by the Japanese company, to endorse their phones. He said, well, they are well known and were paid a lot of money.
This led me to wonder…do all the movie stars who “use” certain products in the States actually use those products?! If American actors can really go overseas and pose for advertisements of foreign products and services that they have no access to in their own homes…what about the national products and advertisements?! It threw open a part of my mind that had never been exposed, and now it is cold and harsh with the forces of nature…that actors would lie about actually using products just to make a profit. Is Michael Jordan really a Hanes guy? Does Cindy Crawford really drink Pepsi? Or is she a Coke babe? What about Queen Latifah…what if she isn’t a CoverGirl?