In our current era of political correctness, you have to be careful about just about everything. That surfaced Tuesday as an advocacy group for people suffering from shy bladder syndrome objected to a DirecTV commercial featuring Rob Lowe standing at a urinal, unable to relieve himself while other men are in the washroom.
Steve Soifer, CEO of the International Paruresis Association, told the Associated Press the commercial turns a real-life condition into a joke — making fun of an ailment that is suffered by an estimated 7percent of the U.S. population.
“We don’t mind if people have a little fun with it,” Soifer told theAP. “In this particular case, the portrayal is making it look ridiculous, that this guy is a loser for having a problem.”
A DirecTV spokesperson said they would continue running the ad, and that it was not meant to be taken literally. No comment, so far, from Rob Lowe’s camp.