On Friday, National Legal and Policy Center publicly called upon Verizon and CEO Hans Vestberg (pictured above) to cancel plans to run an advertisement during the Super Bowl that features the politically divisive and crude actor Jim Carrey.
Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project, said in a report earlier this week and in an interview on Real America’s Voice that Vestberg is tone-deaf for putting the washed-up comedian in a TV spot to promote Verizon’s 5G wireless service during America’s biggest game. Chesser called attention to Carrey’s prolific second “career” as an artist that he introduced during the Trump administration, in which he depicted the former president and his family in various crude and nasty scenarios with his paintings.
“Regardless of how one feels about the former President, Carrey’s artwork is so vulgar and over the line, Verizon should not air the ad,” Chesser said.
NLPC is a shareholder in Verizon.
You can watch Chesser’s interview with David Oliver on Real America’s Voice below and the full press release calling for Verizon to retract its ad follows:
NLPC Asks Verizon to Pull Vicious Jim Carrey From Super Bowl Ad
By News Direct, February 11, 2022
Today, National Legal and Policy Center called for Verizon to pull its controversial Super Bowl commercial featuring Jim Carrey.
For what will be its highest-profile advertisement of the year – on the Super Bowl broadcast – Verizon decided to have comedic actor Jim Carrey reprise his role from the 1996 dark comedy “The Cable Guy” to promote its new 5G wireless service.
“Something big is almost here! Your internet will never be the same,” Verizon wrote in a tweet on Tuesday with a 10-second teaser…
In the teaser clip, the camera view is zooming towards an apartment door from the inside. Someone is repeatedly ringing the buzzer and banging on the door. A woman goes over to the peephole and looks out to see who is causing all that commotion.
“Cable Guy!” the 60-year-old Jim Carrey yells as he comes into view through the peephole.
“Who thought this was a good idea?” asked Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for the National Legal and Policy Center. “Unfortunately, Carrey, to most Americans, is no longer the lovable goofball of the “Ace Ventura” films or “The Truman Show.” During the Trump administration he revealed a second career as a crass painter of brutal, disgusting depictions of the former president and his family.”
Among the repulsive illustrations – often disseminated on Twitter – were images of Trump in various states of undress; having sex with Stormy Daniels; falling asleep watching porn while COVID raged; and his sons being gored by an elephant.
“Regardless of how one feels about the former President, Carrey’s artwork is so vulgar and over the line, Verizon should not air the ad,” Chesser continued. “This is who Verizon and Chairman/CEO Hans Vestberg decided should promote its powerful new wireless service, on the day of the biggest sporting event of the year – one which is intended to bring Americans together for fun and to forget the troubles of the world for a few hours.”
Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action.