DirecTV's 'Awkward Rob Lowe' Spot Draws Protests From Shy Bladder Sufferers

Group says ad makes light of a misunderstood condition

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Not everyone thinks Rob Lowe's "painfully awkward" commercial for DirecTV is funny.

The Associated Press reported today that members of the International Paruresis Association—which represents people with what is commonly referred to as shy bladder syndrome—are upset with Lowe's depiction of a person who has trouble urinating in public restrooms. They've asked DirecTV to stop airing the spot because they think it is in poor taste, with numerous people writing the satellite provider.

"We don't mind if people have a little fun with it," Steve Soifer, CEO of the association, told the AP.



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