Rob Lowe’s Gregarious Bladder!

If you haven’t seen the DirecTv Commercial featuring Rob Lowe, you’re lucky! He, and the other “Rob Lowe Loser” make fun of Cable, by referring to them with different situations… including being Pee Shy!

He stands at a urinal and says “I can’t go with other people in the room“…

Where the DirecTv Rob Lowe responds “Don’t be like this me!

WHY? You don’t want to be like us because we’re not as good as you?

rob lowe makes fun of bladdeer shy rob

Steven Soifer (CEO of the International Paruresis Association and Author of Shy Bladder Syndrome) stepped up and quoted:

We don’t mind if people have a little fun with it. 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. What if he didn’t have a leg or an arm? Are you going to make fun of them?

Well said! I agree…

And considering that 7% of the population has some sort of Avoidant Paruresis, I’d say that he was spot on!

Watch the full video here…

When I viewed the commercial, I felt slighted and very sad. It does make us seem like losers… more than we already feel!

Rob’s response was “For those wondering, my bladder is gregarious!” (Meaning his Bladder is “Fond of Company”… Warm and Chummy!) He tried to be funny, but it’s a serious topic! Plus, your Bladder can’t be company loving anyway. Maybe your genitals could be… but not your Bladder! Come on!

It’s tough enough having this condition and being secretive about it, but now we’re made fun of and ridiculed just so DirecTv and Rob Lowe could make some money?

Stuff like this is what makes people Pee Shy to begin with!

A little Humiliation. A little Fun. Laughter in the Bathroom… Being Shamed…

Paruresis affects me every single day of my life. I’m always nervous and scared of NOT being able to Pee in Public. Let alone being caught and made fun of… “What a wuss! He can’t even Pee like a Man!”

It’s NO fun at all!

SHAME on you DirecTv!

You’d think you’d be a little more sensitive when it comes to your viewership and audience. You never know who you’ll insult!

We can’t all be perfect and normal like you!

Some of us are trapped in this hellish Social Phobia!


What do you think?

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4 Responses to Rob Lowe’s Gregarious Bladder!

  1. Annoyed says:

    Hey Richard,

    It’s been a while. I haven’t made jack for progress and it looks like I’ll be on that long range private jet soon. I should have been practicing this whole time but I’m a procrastinator by nature…. I will figure out some creative way to deal with it on a 12 hour flight back from China and if I don’t, well I guess my bladder will burst. You read about it in the paper every day right? NOT.

    Anyway, as far as this commercial goes. I guess I should be offended but I’m not. If you think about it…it is funny! We cant pee in public, or with someone in close proximity, or when someone might hear us. It’s fucking ridiculous if you thing about it! It doesn’t make us a losers and I know our issue is not a laughing matter when your really have to go and your bladder feels like it will burst but if you think about our condition, it really is one of the most irrational fears your could have. It’s fucking ridiculous and that’s why I’m Annoyed.

  2. Richard says:

    Let’s hope I won’t be reading that! HA! It really is a ridiculous condition we have. I agree. It just makes no sense and it’s the worst thing you can have… It annoys us all. No matter how much you practice, there will always be times when you lock up. It’s just circumstance and what we’re conditioned to. One day I hope to finally beat this Phobia, but until then, I just drink water and practice. What more can I do? :)

  3. Annoyed says:

    Hey Richard,

    I’m back from school on the ultra long range plane and I’ve done my first trip so I thought I’d give you an update. I flew to the school on the airlines so I practiced peeing on the plane on the way there. They weren’t long flights but why waste an opportunity to practice right? Prior to leaving I read the comments on one of your posts about peeing on airplanes and one or a couple of people commented on listening to music or white noise on headphones as being helpful so I tried it. I don’t know for sure if it made a difference but I did pee on the plane! That being said, although I was successful on the airliner, I still wasn’t confident that I’d be able to do it on the corporate jet because proximity is a big issue for me and corporate jets are not that big so people are always in close proximity to you and the walls of the head are only a 3/4 of an inch thick.

    Fortunately my first flight on the new jet was to California and not China. It was about a four hour and thirty minute flight. It was really the perfect first flight because it was long enough where I would really want to go on the plane but not so long that I couldn’t hold it until we got there if I failed go on the plane. I definitely did not fluid load prior to the flight…

    I am extremely happy to report that I not only peed on the way there but I peed twice on the way there and once on the way back! You have no idea how relieved (in more ways than one) that I was successful! Well maybe you do… If I would have failed it would have sky-rocked my anxiety level for any future long flights. I am not a super religious person but I seriously thank God for my success. I wish I had a good quick trick to help your readers but honestly, I didn’t doing anything special. No headphones, no cell phone, no tricks whatsoever. All I did was pray my but off every day for the last month, literally begging God to let me pee on that fricking airplane! :) Am I cured? Absolutely not! They’ll be no peeing at troughs anytime soon and I may still misfire on airplanes occasionally but will my bladder survive a non-stop flight to China? I think it will. I just want to thank you in addition to God, for being an inspiration and for listing to me. You really have been the most helpful person so far in my recovery, so thank you.

    Still Annoyed but much better than I was a month ago.

  4. Richard says:

    Awesome Annoyed! Having any kind of Success really helps boost morale. I’m happy to hear you were able to pee on a plane. Just the cramped quarters and rocking make it tough for anyone to go, let alone pee shy people. Nice job! I’m also really glad to hear that you’re forcing yourself to go, whether you can hold it or not, and making attempts. That helps break down the wall of fear and keep you focused. AWESOME! Very happy for you. And thank you for being an inspiration as well. It’s nice to hear from other people like me and to know that we’re not alone in this stupid nightmare. :)
    Congrats! Keep it up. -Richard

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