Sunday, May 22, 2005

A hooker of a different kind

Business student literally sells herself

Nice ads! Posted by Hello

MSNBC reports on the latest walking billboard to ruin the age-old sport of people-watching:

Courtney Van Dunk posted a bikini-clad picture of herself on eBay about two weeks ago, auctioning off space on her body for advertisers.

Because what's the point of a perfect body if bereft of moneymaking potential? Vegas prostitutes have known this for years!

Her butt and chest are off limits.

Because she doesn't want to cheapen or otherwise desecrate her body, you understand.

"I got the idea from a marketing class I had that did a short segment on body advertising," Van Dunk said.

The idea was obtained from a marketing class? That's never good.

"I was wondering how advertising could get through to our TV-savvy generation, and I thought this would be an excellent way to do it."

1) "TV-savvy generation?" Isn't that everyone these days? My grandfather was a WWII veteran who repaired televisions. He was pretty TV-savvy. Somehow that doesn't seem edgy.

2) If this world needs anything, it's new and innovative ways of imparting advertisements to the previously ad-free public.

3) On the other hand, bikini-clad hotties are an excellent way to do just about anything.

Van Dunk credits moderate exercise and healthy eating for the fit figure that has earned worldwide interest.

"We never ate a lot of fast food or greasy things growing up. My mom is an excellent cook. I really owe a lot to my parents for that," Van Dunk said.

In related news, the sky is blue, cigarettes are bad for you and oceans are wet.

Am I the only one who does not see the personal-billboard trend as a bold step forward for mankind? Instead, I find it creepy beyond belief on so many levels: 1) people are selling their skin just to make a few bucks; 2) they don't see anything odd about this; 3) were this trend to catch on, it would further validate my theory that capitalism is replacing common sense as the default behavioral mechanism.

Already we see such horror in sports, where corporate sponsorship pollutes everything from the game's name (Nokia Sugar Bowl) to the individual incidents ("This has been a Summer's Eve disposable-douche timeout!"). Are we now going to see Blockbuster Bill Smith? Marion "Juicy-Juice" Jones? Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong?



It's a frightening prospect indeed.

2 comments:

Phillip said...

bet you had fun photoshopping that picture :)

that wine company won a month of advertising... where will the ad be? what if she's wearing clothes over it?

Ian McGibboney said...

Phizz, who said I photoshopped it? It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little charm ;)