Wednesday, August 26, 2009

As Endorsed By...

Oprah and Dr. Oz got their panties all in a bunch and have decided to sue some internet companies selling acai products. Acai--for those who don't know--is one of the newest 'superfoods.' It is a fruit that grows in the Brazilian rain forest and it is supposed to 'cure what ails ya.' Maybe, maybe not--who is to say. Anyway, Oprah and Oz have sung the praises of the berry and sites selling the products on the web have exploded--and Oprah and Oz are pissed. They claim the sites have been using them as endorsing their particular products and they say they haven't done so.

What exactly is considered an endorsement? The different sites I have looked at say something along the lines of "As seen on Oprah" or "Dr. Oz's superfood" or "Dr. Oz said on such and such show." Nowhere have I seen it said that Oprah or Oz are a fan of XXX product or YYY product. Of course, I don't have the time or money to find every site on the net that sells this product, so there MAY BE some sites that are blatantly lying. All I'm pretty sure of is this: what Oprah wants, Oprah gets. I'm sure she will win--and probably add money to her millions.

And as a bit of an aside: I know a lot of people flock to anything Oprah recommends/endorses. As far as I'm concerned, if I see her name on something, I RUN AWAY as fast, and as far, as possible.

7 comments:

meleah rebeccah said...

Oprah should calm the heck down. I think by her raving about Acai and then people running out to buy it IS an endorsement. But, you're probably right. What Oprah wants? Oprah gets!

kristi noser said...

I would agree, if she touts a product she knows people just by her say-so are going to buy it. Will she sue everyone who capitalizes on her love of their product? Does she not have enough money already? Sheesh.

cmk said...

I guess she hasn't been as much in the news lately, so she had to come up with something to get noticed again. ;)

kristi noser said...

Well Michael Jackson died....ooh, I'm bad.
I'm bad
you know it.

cmk said...

:)

ordinaryjanet said...

It really scares me how many people think that anything that comes out of Oprah's mouth is passed on by God. You'd think having that much power would make her very careful about what she says.

cmk said...

Great point exactly, Janet. You WOULD think the woman would be more careful about what she says, but it isn't likely to happen any time soon. I guess we have to see her actually LOSE a lawsuit brought against her before she becomes more careful.