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Exploiting The Dead: David Spade Stars In A Commercial With….Chris Farley

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It's a gimmick that Direct TV has done with such movies & stars as Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future and Naomi Watts in King Kong - actors advertising Direct TV services while reenacting scenes from beloved movies.

Recently, the newest commercial premiered, with David Spade reprising his role in Tommy Boy in the scene where now deceased close friend and costar Chris Farley performs his famous "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" bit.

Some critics are calling the spot insensitive and tasteless and accusing David of selling out the dead comedian's memory.

David quickly responded to the allegations, releasing this statement through his publicist:

"When DIRECT TV came to me and the Farley family with this idea about 'Tommy Boy,' we talked and thought it would be a cool way to remind people just how funny Chris was. It is a clever homage to my friend and a movie that we loved doing."

Shortly after, a Direct TV spokesperson was quoted as saying:

"We should look to Chris' family and friends for the ultimate opinion on this subject. They were involved from the beginning of this project and felt that the spot was a great to tribute to Chris."

Check out the commercial above and tell us what YOU think!

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81 comments to “Exploiting The Dead: David Spade Stars In A Commercial With….Chris Farley”

  1. 1

    I always thought David Spade was a douch bag, now he proved it to me…..

  2. 2

    i thought it was kinda funny.

  3. 3

    I saw this on TV recently and I cringed a little. It's borderline….

  4. 4

    I was startled when I saw this commercial on TV. I don't care for it.

  5. 5

    Exploiting the Dead? No…that will be Michael Jackson and his "associates"

  6. 6

    i think someone is just always going to complain about something. THAT IS WHAT AMERICA HAS COME TO. and it's pretty disgusting.,

  7. 7

    not insensitive and tasteless at all….. actually quite funny, and it did make me wanna see that movie again!

  8. 8

    This is offensive, how???? This movie scene still exists whether he died or not. I LOVE CHRIS FARLEY!!

  9. 9

    I think it's great. As long as the family is okay with it, what's the big deal?

  10. 10

    I agree with Spade and the Farley family, it is a nice way to remember him. Farley would have loved it I bet.

  11. 11

    Hate it.

  12. ap076 says – reply to this


    Personally the dead celebrity thing kind of freaks me out, but if it is OK with the studio and most importantly the family then have at it.
    But for all parties involved to pretend money is not a factor at all (in their statements)
    is kind of disingenuous.

  13. 13

    i forgot chris was dead…now i know and i guess remembering him is good.

  14. 14

    i saw that like a week ago

  15. 15

    Exploiting the dead? Seriously…Farley's part is just a cut from Tommy Boy playing on repeat as Spade talks. This is no different than exploiting Farley for your own entertainment by watching Tommy Boy or any other movie he was in.

  16. 16

    David Spade was one of Chris Farley's best friends, he would not do anthing to hurt Chris. This is not speaking ill of the dead!! Chris Farley's brother is the executor of his estate and he says Chris would have gotten a kick out of it! Whats everyone's problem. Any true Chris Farley and David Spade fan know's that this is a great reminder of what a great comedy team they were. People need to get a life!

  17. 17

    Totally tasteless.

  18. 18

    I saw this commercial on TV & thought it was a little weird…It's just strange b/c we're supposed to be imagining that this is happening in the present but Chris Farley has been dead for years….It's not quite the same thing as having Naomi Watts & King Kong.

  19. 19

    I honestly think that Chris Farley would have loved this. He was a COMEDIAN! He was someone who would do ANYTHING for a laugh. His family obviously knew him best and knew that this was something that would make Chris laugh about knowing that he is gone but something as classic as "fat guy in a little coat" being in a commercial after he had passed. I dont see as exploiting at all..but having a glimpse at someone doing something he loved and would still love.
    Whats the differance between this and what Natalie Cole did with her dad years ago on "Unforgettable"?? Everyone praised her for that..this is no different

  20. Norma says – reply to this


    i loved it and its pretty funny..makes me want to see their movies..they made a great team

  21. 21

    I think it's nice, not disrespectful at all. As long as the family is good with it, I see nothing out of place.

  22. 22

    the statement from DIRECT TV is absolutely right, the only opinions that matter are those of his CLOSE friends and family.

  23. 23

    HOW is that exploiting the dead?!?!?!? I bet Chris is laughing right along with us. GREAT commercial, had me cracking up. This is one of my family's favorite movies. Way to pay homage to a great comedian, well done.

  24. 24

    Hilarious movie. Good advertisement. Idiot whiners.

  25. 25

    Love it.
    I miss his humor so much.
    Man, he made me laugh.
    The SNL skit where he was ice skating…….. amazing…..hysterical.
    Think I'm getting DirecTV.

  26. Mykie says – reply to this


    It may seem a little wierd but everyone loved him and seeing him on the commercial made me laugh again. It is a good reminder of how fun he was to watch. If the family was okay with it, obviously they knew him the best, than we should be too. Not a big deal.

  27. 27

    I LOVED this movie, LOVE Chris and truly think this was a sweet little way to remind people of how completely HILARIOUS he was. There was NOTHING wrong with this, David Spade loved and still loves his friend and didn't mean any harm, it's obvious.

  28. a says – reply to this


    loved it! its super funny cant wait to see it on TV. its a nice mine tribute to a n amazingly funny and truly gifted comedian who left us to soon.

  29. 29

    It is a horrible commercial. If I want to see dead entertainers I will watch their movies.

  30. 30

    I LOVE David Spade and Chris Farley. I loved this commercial - I think some people are a little too sensitive and too PC. Get over it people - it was a great idea - even the family approved it.

  31. 31


  32. 32

    Brilliant! David had said at one of his shows he loves that fat guy in a little coat thing lol. That was great. RIP Chris Farley genius.

  33. 33

    Both Spade and Farley's family are CLASSLESS.

  34. 34

    That…made me smile :) Can't be bad.

  35. 35

    I think it was a great idea! And yes, it did remind me how funny Chris was….mission accomplished!

  36. 36

    it's a very funny & memorable moment from his signature movie. what's the difference if in a commercial or the whole movie on hbo or tnt.
    chris loved to make people laugh and i'm confident he'd have no problem with it.
    "fat guy in a little coat" always makes me laugh.

  37. 37

    I didn't like it. It doesn't seem respectful

  38. vane says – reply to this


    I met Chris Farley when I was 19yrs old we were really good friends for awhile, he was in SNL I met Davis Spade and he is a total douche bag

  39. 39

    Re: gimlet123

    agreed. At first it really bothered me but after reading Spades reasoning, i was kinda like oh well I guess…

  40. 40

    personally i dont think its bad or exploiting . so what . as long as the family is ok with it there shouldnt be an issue. i think people just like to bitch over anything they can. fuck, people just need to shut the fuck up over stupid shit!!!

  41. meme says – reply to this


    I saw this on Tv and my first thought was "wow, I miss him" Chris Farley was hilarious.

  42. 42

    I saw this commercial on tv about a week ago, and it thoroughly disgusted me! It's creepy to watch David Spade interact with his dead friend's image.

  43. 43

    i thought it was a great commercial. That is known around his fans to be the one skit he did in ALL HIS MOVIES that he liked. David and his family talked about it and thought it was a great way to show his movies can still make u laugh. People need to stop complaining about crap they know NOTHING about

  44. 44


  45. 45

    2 funniest SNL skit ever is

    Down by the river



    Bolth of those should be TV hall of fame moments

  46. 46

    atleast they didnt do the housekeeping bit, that would have had everyone in an uproar

  47. SSTAV says – reply to this


    Best commercial ever.
    Bringing back the oldies.

  48. 48

    What a way to honor him.
    good grief
    sounds like his family needs/wants the cash.

  49. 49

    If this is exploitation then I guess every commercial that we watch that uses a song from somebody or a band that has past is exploitation. Does anyone here know exactly what exploitation means?

  50. 50

    i think chris would love this. he had a fun sense of humor, and obviously you need one to not get pissed off by this commercial. chris' family knew him best, and if they think that this was a nice way of remembering him, then let it the fuck be.

  51. 51

    It's horrifying because Dave is playing bored, The guy is dead and its disturbing seeing someone be mean to him. I love that scene its hillarious and this ruins it.

  52. 52

    I thought it was funny.

  53. 53

    oh i wish people would shut up he's not your family member people just want something to complain about he's been dead for over 10 years his family has every right o do this

  54. 54

    I didn't find anything distasteful or exploitative (spelling?) about this commercial. Tommy Boy was a hilarious movie because of Chris Farley. The Farley family agreed to this, so there should be no controversy about this at all.

  55. 55

    The moment I saw it I was a little put off. I don't know if it's right or not, but it just didn't sit well with me.

  56. 56

    Re: ap076 – You're absolutely right… it always boils down to ca$h.

  57. 57

    I thought it was funny and clever. I don't think it was in bad taste and i'm sure Chris would have gotten a kick out of it. If his family decided that it was ok then it was their choice. Either way, it's not up to us. I don't see any exploitation.

  58. 58

    ppl have wayy too much time on their hands..this is a great way to remember him and how funny he was.

  59. 59

    Steve McQueen was in a Ford ad last year and he died in the 70s. Audrey Hepburn was in a Gap ad a few years ago after her death. John Wayne, Groucho Marx, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and other dead celebrities have appeared in other ads. Natalie Cole won a Grammy for a duet with her dead father. Why all the uproar now? Spade and DirecTV haven't done anything different than the Gap, Coke, or Ford has with zero backlash.

  60. 60

    BTW, my only problem with the ad is that I can't get Chris Farley singing "fat guy in a little coat" out of my head now.

  61. 61

    I thought it was a great way to remember how funny Chris was. People stop being so fucking judgemental.

  62. 62

    The comercial seemed cool and harmless to me. I love "Tommy Boy".

  63. 63

    If anything, I believe it is a dedication to his memory and makes him seem like he is still with us.

  64. 64

    not insensitive at all. if anything it reminds people of one of the great comedians of all time to people who don't know chris farley. people are just stupid.

  65. 65

    Farley would have loved it!

  66. Stepy says – reply to this


    I loved it and I think its a great way to remember him. Especially the line at the end of the commercial when Spade says "It just never gets old, does it?" Kinda made me tear up a bit…of course though Im a Sentimental sally…but anyway…I think it was great and not tasteless a bit.

  67. 67

    Lovesit!!! :D

  68. 68

    If his family and friends are at peace with it then everyone should the hell up…

    I miss that man he was the best :( just wish someone could have slowed him down a little…

  69. 69

    I love it! I agree with David, it's just a reminder of how funny Chris was. People will get upset about anything! Get a life!

  70. 70

    Yea, I saw this on tv a few days ago and said "that's not right" …thats just a little too weird for me guys

  71. 71

    We have no right to say anything if his family was ok with it.

  72. 72

    Love Chris Farley, and think it was a great and funny commercial "tribute" or whatever. If his family approves why not. So many other dead artist have been brought back through video. How about when Natalie Cole did a duet with her dead father. A little strange to watch the video but a beautiful tribute to a talented person. It made me smile to see him again he was taken way to soon, and will not be forgotten by our generation.

  73. 73

    I thought it was tastfull, I liked it

  74. 74

    I think it's funny. For Chrissake, Farley died what 11, 12 years ago? I think it's time people remembered that he was a funny and sweet man, and not that he died tragically as a result of addiction. I'm almost positive he would want to be remembered as the former and not the latter.
    Dead celebrities have a right to make money too!

  75. PAH says – reply to this


    I think the critics need to just shut the fuck up!!!! I love them both and that movie is such a classic and that scene was the funniest moment for me!!! I feel as if the Farley Family is Ok with it, then so be it. People always want to start some type of chaos, when their needs not to be. Perez, you are probably one of those critics.

  76. 76

    i always wondered how they make those commercials…..does anyone know? what about family guy where it was an old show?

  77. 77

    if anyone goes to see This Is It and then claims that a commercial with Chris Farley (who passed a decade ago) they should be slapped. When did everyone get so knee-jerk. This is an homage to Chris and in case no one noticed, this movie still plays all the time on cable. What the hell is wrong with everyone?? Michael Jacksons family and friends are running around cashing in on him in a very obvious way 4 months after he died. No one cares about that, but everyone is shitting a brick about a commercial!!!

  78. 78

    I don't see what the big deal is? He is saying that Chris Farley's comedy stands the test of time. He also was a great friend of Farley and I'm sure Chris is somewhere laughing about it.
    It's not offensive at all. People need to lighten up.. seriously.

  79. 79

    I honestly don't see what the big deal about this commercial is. I LOVE Chris Farley and I think it's a cool way to keep his memory alive. I love the commercial!

  80. 80

    No way. I think its a tribute. and he would have thought it was funny too. (I think)

  81. 81

    Of course people are going to complain. People are ALWAYS going to complain. The comments on every single one of Perez's postings is proof of this. Personally, from what I know of Chris Farley, he'd have been cool with it as long as it didn't hurt the ones he loved. It doesn't, so I think it should be a fine.