There have been some crazy Celebrity brand Endorsement stories throughout the ages. Most of these tales of brand endorsements are some of the funniest of the lot.
Beyoncé – Pepsi
Many popular celebrities have already endorsed the worldwide soda brand. From Christina Aguilera to Nicki Minaj and Michael Jackson, Pepsi gets the best of the best to endorse its brand. They tried to rope in Beyoncé, the Queen of the music industry, to do the same. But things did not go according to plan. But here’s the catch. Beyoncé, before signing the 50 Million Dollar deal with Pepsi, had already announced she was a part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” fitness campaign. She was lambasted in the the media for her hypocrisy.
David Beckham – GO3 Healthy Fish Fingers
In true British fashion, the English footballer ended up endorsing the most British thing imaginable. Beckham has been a frequent proponent of healthier lifestyles. So obviously he did not like endorsing fast food or processed food products. But with GO3 Fish Fingers, he had a solution. They were supposed to be a substitute for conventional fish fingers but gave an equal amount of Omega-3, a necessary ingredient for maintaining a healthy body. The fish-sticks were a bomb despite them being marketed during the peak of world cup fever.
Snoop Dogg – Norton Anti Virus & Just Eat
There probably is no greater celebrity than Snoop Dogg whose very presence screams “Fight the system”. So he tried to use his voice against government overreach to be the brand ambassador for the Norton antivirus. But wait the story doe snot end there. Snoop Dogg even endorsed the UK Takeaway app – Just Eat. The catchy theme song he has penned is annoying but an absolute earworm.
Bob Dylan – Victoria’s Secret
We are not even kidding here. The Nobel prize winning musician has also had his fair share of embarrassing brand endorsements. In 2004, that story probably reached it’s lowest point. Dylan saw himself in a promotional video for Victoria’s Secret in a musical guest spot. The video also had super model Adriana Lima. We are sure Dylan does not like talking about the video.
Cristian Ronaldo – Pao Facial Fitness Device
The legendary football star is still idolized by billions because of his discipline and dedication to the game. He is also a major fitness freak. But he may have taken it a bit too far with this one. In 2014, Ronaldo endorsed a Japanese facial fitness device called the Pao. The Pao works by helping strengthen you facial muscles via unique exercises to keep you looking young and ‘smiling’. We wish we could un-see that one!!
Kim Kardashian – Charmin Toilet Paper
The Kardashians are infamous for endorsing the stupidest of products at times. Just take a gander at any of the Kardashian Instagram pages and you would know what we mean. Of all of the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian’s history with crazy brand endorsements will leave you in splits for sure. She once endorsed the toilet paper brand – Charmin. But how does a brand market that they have Kim Kardashian under their payroll now? Why obviously by making her cut the ribbon on a glamorous public toilet in the middle of Times Square of course!! The toilet in question even had a lounge and a dance stage!!!
The Flintstones – Winston Cigarettes
Well they are not actual celebrities. But The Flintstones are a well-known brand. They may be fictional but that does not mean they don’t have embarrassing brand endorsement stories. In the Sixties, Winston Cigarettes became the sponsor for many of the episodes of the iconic cartoon show. In many of those episodes, the characters of the Flintstones could be seen puffing Winston cigarettes and telling the millions of children watching them how smoking a Winston is the coolest thing in the world.
Iggy Pop – Swiftcover Insurance
Iggy Pop is a punk icon and the legendary lead singer of the popular band – The Stooges. he does not exactly scream the stable, family man kind of guy. But that did not stop insurance provider Swiftcover from roping him. Brand endorsements like these only become laughing stocks. Iggy Pop appeared as himself in a flurry of Swiftcover ads to influence people to buy insurance. Like how does that even work!!
Kim Kardashian – Millions Of Milkshakes
You think we were done with her? Oh we are just getting started here. Kim Kardashian, like we said, is infamous for stupid brand endorsements. In December 2012, Kim Kardashian flew to the country of Bahrain to promote the brand Millions of Milkshakes – a brand that has now a global presence. She tweeted how beautiful Bahrain and its people were, thanking the Bahraini government for their hospitality. There was a slight hiccup though – Bahrain was going through pro-democracy protests at that time and those tweets did not sit well with many people.
Muhammad Ali – D-Con Roach Traps
This was during the boxing legend’s early career. Who knew Ali would agree to brand endorsements like vermin traps!! We are just going to leave it here.