BBC documentarians paid a bunch of influencers to promote a product with cyanide in it

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Yup, celebrities are perhaps not the best source for health info? Maybe? It’s a thought anyway.

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Tell that to the parents of sick or dead kids who believed Jenny McCartney

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Exactly.

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Goes great with chlorinated American chicken!

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Could be worse.

The headline could have been:

“BBC Documentarians kill three semi-celebrities to make a point about advertising”

Luckily for the BBC, those semi-celebrities were either dishonest or never try the products they hawk

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“Why not both?”

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There was one who said they always try the product and two who say they don’t. The people who said they don’t were at least being honest about it.

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Not terribly surprising.

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I haven’t seen the documentary (BBC requires a login, and I’m not sure if there isn’t also a geo-blocking or fee) and I’m basing only on the buzzfeed story.

I wonder why the documentarist hadn’t gone all the way to get the three to publish the ads, maybe it was too costly.
If I understood it correctly, the influencers only replied to buzzfeed after the show was aired, and they could justify themselves like that only because the documentarists left the deals unfinished and it makes the documentary thesis weaker.

I’m not trying to justify the (other) actions of those influencers (or any other), but I wonder how unscrupulous they really are.
It feels like they are dishonest enough to claim false results from the products, because they know that they are advertising not the product, and its results, but some status signaling option, but they aren’t psychopathic enough to promote something clearly harmful (it is not good in the long run), and maybe they just assume that if a product is available for sale it means that someone (FDA or its equivalent) assures that it is safe.
It is strange that they don’t trust themselves (as it should be) to vet the products, but still believe that some other organization does and then it is at least safe.

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Or they could have been smart enough to not try the product and honest enough to turn down the money.

:laughing::laughing::laughing: ahahahaha what am I saying?

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