‘Tommy Boy’ DirecTV Ad Upsets Chris Farley’s Fans
Whether you like it or not, it’s a common practice for companies to use dead celebrities to plug their products. And, yes, it’s always rather disturbing to watch. The new DirecTV ad featuring a re-creation of the “fat guy in a little coat” scene from Tommy Boy, with David Spade and Chris Farley–who died in 1997–is no exception.
WENN reports that fans of the late funnyman are in a heated rage, calling the commercial “distasteful” and “stupid”. The backlash was so great that it prompted Spade, who obviously supported and participated in the advertisement, to release this statement:
“When DirecTV came to me and the Farley family with this idea…we talked and thought it would be a cool way to remind people just how funny Chris was. It is a clever homage to a friend and a movie that we loved doing.”
A DirecTV rep adds,
“We should look to Chris’ family and friends for the ultimate opinion on this subject.”
No, the ultimate opinion would be that of Chris Farley himself. But it’s too late for that.