According to Deadline.com, CBS recently rejected an ad for the upcoming “Three Stooges” movie. The one-minute spot, which you can watch above, spoofs a generic prescription drug ad.
“Ever dropped a bell on a nun, ripped the armpit hair off an old man, or stuffed a live lobster down a loved one’s pants? Then you may suffer from being a stooge,” states the commercials’ narrator.
The spot was originally scheduled to play during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Monday night, however, according to the report, the television network banned it because it “[made]light of prescription drug ads.” (We’ve reached out to CBS for comment on the story but have yet to hear back.)
The spoof goes on to say that three in six billion people are afflicted by Stoogation, which means you (probably) have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the actual film; considering the lukewarm response the first two trailers elicited, “The Three Stooges” may not be the hit the Farrelly Brothers were hoping for.
You’ll have to wait until April 13, when the movie hits theaters, to find out.
UPDATE: Deadline has received reports from CBS that the ad had “been intended to air during earlier NCAA rounds, not before tonight’s championship game.”
by Alex Suskind