Daytime talk show diva Oprah Winfrey is livid over advertisements for ‘colon cleansing’ products featuring her name without permission. Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Mehmet Oz are suing the company behind the ads for “Colon Pro Cleanse” and other products for using their names, images and voices illegally. And well they should, that’s just kind of a gross thing to have your name attached to.
Oprah and Dr. Oz have also filed suit against more than 40 other companies for falsely using their names and likenesses to promote a variety of products. Many of these products contain acai berries, marketed as weight loss supplements and sexual dysfunction cures. Oprah and Dr. Oz have discussed the acai berry on Oprah’s talk show, leading skanky greed-mongers to use their commentary as an excuse to claim they endorse their products.
“Defendants are fabricating quotes or falsely purporting to speak in Dr. Oz’s and/or Ms. Winfrey’s voice about specific brands and products that neither of them has endorsed,” court documents state.
“Many Americans have seen images of me, and Oprah and others supporting, it would appear, products that actually don’t work in the ways that are described,” Dr. Mehmet Oz said in an interview with Good Morning America. “And more importantly, when consumers trusting us try to buy these products over the Web, what they end up getting are fake products, pills that don’t really have what’s promised in them.”
Lesson here? Don’t mess with Oprah, she’ll give your ass a reaming far more effective than some illicit colon cleansing product!