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Montel Williams is still selling crap on TV, endorses sleazy cash-advance company

UPDATE 9/23/2013: Montel’s legal team has threatened action against me for trademark infringement, simply because I used HIS NAME and the name of the company he represents in this post. I do not have any copyrighted images or material here that are licensed to Mr. Williams or his associated companies, nor have I implied that I represent him or Money Mutual. I embedded a video of the Money Mutual commercial that Money Mutual’s own Youtube account has publicly shared and ALLOWED to be embedded on other websites. I stand firm that I have the right to post an op-ed piece about Mr. Williams and any company with which he is associated, and am protected under Fair Use to mention any trademarked names. This post stays. Individuals and companies should, in no way, try to bully us into removing negative content. If that were possible, many journalists and online publishers would be jobless.
ALERT! My efforts to get Montel Williams to stop hawking stupid and unnecessary crap to senior citizens and daytime-television watchers have apparently gone unnoticed.

Mr. Williams is now infecting the daytime airwaves with ads for a Money Mutual, a company that provides cash advances and short-term loans.

Didn’t we already go over this two years ago? I showed you all Montel’s commercial for the “Healthmaster,” which is nothing more than an overpriced blender. And have we really forgotten about those “commemorative” Obama coins that were really just quarters covered in stickers?!

So now he’s trying to appeal to the struggling folks in our nation by promising quick loans for when you need money fast.

“Times are tough,” he says. Click here to watch his compassionate commercial for Money Mutual. He feels your pain. You can get up to $1000 immediately! Awesome!

You know what, Mr. Williams? Yes, times are tough. Yes, the economy sucks. But you know why times are tough? Because people got trapped into BAD LOANS that they COULDN’T PAY OFF.

Money Mutual is a nice-sounding name. When you search for Money Mutual in Google, you’ll find a lot of discussions about how awesome mutual funds are and how they’re a great investment. But put quotations around the two words and you get an entirely different story. The top result is Money Mutual’s web site. The second result is a slew of scathing reviews from a site called Pissed Consumer.

Here are some of the complaints:

“I paid over 1,000 on a 400.00 loan.”

“One would think that a man like Montel Williams would be actually looking to help the people. No one and I mean no one that is actually is in need of help can get these loans.” (From a post called “Money Mutual is crap!”

“would not let me pay off loan early. so 150 dollars cost me 350.”

Believe me – as one of the casualties of the recession, I can understand how everyone needs to pay the bills. I write sponsored content and promote products and brands to earn a living. I turn down offers from potential scam artists, and while I do make a few pennies in advertising revenue, I work to remove advertisements for too-good-to-be-true products and services and ask my friends to keep a lookout for any advertising that doesn’t meet my standards.

Because no amount of money is worth taking advantage of people.

Montel Williams knows that, at some point in his career, he was a man of integrity. He knows he can use that integrity to put a positive face on the dirtiest deeds.

I’m not sure on the details of his involvement with the Poker Training Network, but I think it’s safe to say adding gambling to your endorsements of overpriced kitchen appliances, worthless quarters and cash-advance services that maybe you should just come out and say “Screw it, I’m a sellout.”

Don’t buy into his crap, and speak out to protect consumers from being bamboozled.

I’ll finish with a clip from the “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” archives:

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  • Melissa Lawler September 23, 2013, 5:42 pm

    It is apparent that Mr. Williams cares more about his pocketbook than ours.
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  • Melissa September 24, 2013, 8:56 am

    I know people that have gotten into the payday loan trap. They had payday loans to pay loans. It seems great on it’s face if you need money for an emergency, but if you didn’t have money saved up for an emergency, chances are you aren’t going to be able to pay back the loan so you pay the fees and it’s just an ongoing cycle that you can’t get out of . We need more financial education for people of all ages!
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    • Bellesouth
      September 24, 2013, 9:06 am

      I agree! I am SO glad payday lenders are illegal in my state.

  • Pynk
    October 5, 2013, 2:22 am

    It is scary to think that you can be sued for posting your own opinion on your own blog! Whatever happened to freedom of speech? This is such a waste of time & money for everyone. People should be able to say whatever they want about products & brands; especially when they are the consumers.
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    • Bellesouth
      October 16, 2013, 3:13 pm

      I know, isn’t it nuts? Well, they haven’t contacted me since the Cease and Desist – and if they do, I AM READY.


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