In the world of television advertising, life is a pitch -- and the viewer is the victim. Any list of the most obnoxious commercial spokesfolks of the past decades would surely include the following:
Toilet paper was practically portrayed as an entry level drug for crack cocaine in the commercials for Charmin "bathroom tissue" that starred the late Dick Wilson as fretful George Whipple, a grocery store manager who stalked his customers and urged them, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin," before succumbing to the evil impulse himself. (True to toilet paper commercial tradition, the actual purpose of the product went unmentioned.) Whipple is often cited as the most loathed TV pitchman, but he must have moved a whole lot of Charmin -- the character appeared in more than 500 ads between 1964 and 1985.