We all know about Jared Fogle, the dude who lost a gajillion pounds eating nothing but Subway sandwiches. Now, there’s a new fast-food fattie in town. Her name is Christine Dougherty, and she lost 54 pounds eating nothing but Taco Bell for two years. Who knew that massive amounts of cheese, lard and refried beans were so slimming? Actually, Christine ate strictly from the Bell’s lower-calorie “fresco menu,” which substitutes shredded process cheese and salsa for boring alternatives like plain tomatoes. Gross. Anyway, Christine has landed herself a starring role in Taco Bell’s new commercials, and will presumably make a pile of money in the process. Still, she’s got to scarf down low-grade burritos breakfast, noon and night. Personally, you couldn’t pay us enough.
Back in the pool. Speaking of fast-food commercials, Subway is rolling out a new TV spot featuring Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps promoting the $5 footlong. This is one of Phelps’ first major endorsements since cameras caught him cozying up to a water bong last year. The new ad shows Phelps asking for a Subway sandwich while submerged in a pool. The spot is innocuous enough, but proves that sports heroes can quickly rehabilitate their image and start earning big bucks once again. Unless, of course, they’re certain pro golfers who get beaten up by their wives after cavorting with porn stars. We’re thinking that will take a bit more time for sponsors to sweep under the rug.
Cricket, anyone? In yet more news about TV commercials, a KFC spot produced for the Australian market was pulled from the airwaves after U.S. viewers caught wind of it on YouTube and accused the company of racism. The offending ad depicts a white Australian cricket fan trying to appease fans from an opposing team, who all happen to be black, by offering them fried chicken. KFC Australia apologized for “any misinterpretation” caused by the ad, saying it was not meant to offend anyone. We’re not at all surprised by the misunderstanding. Americans just don’t get cricket.