Shy Bladder Sufferers Offended Over Rob Lowe Commercial

This file photo shows the DirecTV building in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

NEW YORK, New York (WTNH)- People who suffer from shy bladders are offended by a commercial where actor Rob Lowe appears to have a problem urinating in public, they want the television ad pulled from DirecTV.

It’s part of a campaign to get people to switch from cable to DirecTV, and features two versions of Lowe. In one, Lowe is wearing a slick suit, and claims to be a DirecTV customer. In the other, a goofy-looking Lowe wears a fanny pack, his hair parted in the middle, and is a cable customer. As a cable customer, Lowe awkwardly stands at a urinal and says “I can’t go with other people in the room.”

“We don’t mind if people have a little fun with it,” said Steve Soifer, CEO of the International Paruresis Association, “It’s a situation that a lot of people don’t understand. In this particular case, the portrayal is making it look ridiculous, that this guy is a loser for having a problem.”

Members of his group have written and called DirecTV, asking they remove the ad.

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