There’s nothing funny about Reye’s syndrome. Actually, I didn’t know what it was until I Goggled it a few minutes ago. Any disease article on Wikipedia that ends ‘Stage Five: Death’ is not a good one. That being said, there is something funny about this unbelievably cheesy PSA starring some unnamed, generic rock n roll star with a bad perm and even worse shirt — even by 80s standards — taking time out from his cable access show to warn his unsuspecting viewers about the dangers of taking aspirin with the flu. The whole production just seems sad; like the fine folks at the Food and Drug Administration couldn’t get a real celebrity to take up their cause, so they just made one up. The family isn’t sure how to take the news. Sort of solemn indifference. While he was at it, our bargain basement rocker should’ve warned that punk kid about the dangers of not using a coaster.
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Does any other medium besides TV actually discourage people from using it in excess, like our latest PSA here does? Have you ever seen an ad on a website or in a magazine that says ‘Hey, you’ve been looking at this too long, why don’t you find something better to do?’ Me either. Who decided too much television was a bad thing, anyway? I credit my years of excessive TV watching for making me the person I am today… a guy who writes a blog about old TV ads. Not even the catchy tune and classic 80s feel of this ad can make me believe otherwise. Watch TV kids, watch lots of TV.