I was watching TV the other day and I came across the commercial you see below for a car:
Note: This commercial cuts before the car lease is mentioned. I couldn’t find the original on Youtube.
You may notice the short haired blonde who talks too much as none other than the famous financial guru herself: Suze Orman. I was flabbergasted when I saw this. Wasn’t this the same woman who always preaches financial responsibility and being smart with your money? Isn’t this the same woman who vehemently tells others how stupid they are for buying houses they can’t afford and material goods they don’t need? A car lease is arguably one of the dumbest mistakes that you can make. You are paying fees out the yin yang and paying monthly payments while never owning the car outright. You usually pay more than you would even pay to own a car except you it never belongs to you at all.
The really crazy thing is that I have seen her on other shows making the people on that show feel stupid for taking out car leases. It just seems a tad bit hypocritical. Its not like she pulled up in a used Ford or whatever other economical car. Also, Acuras are not cheap by any means. Suze Orman makes it a point even to say she likes luxury and proceeds to tell this to her hesitant passenger that looks like she just kidnapped. Its almost seems like she would punch you if you ever said anything differently than how much you love expensive vehicles.
I get the fact that Suze Orman is just trying to make a buck and it was probably a real easy deal for Acura but its not like good ole Suze is hurting for cash. She has made millions convincing people that she is a financial prodigy. The thing that bothers me is that her whole career has been built on trying to tell other people how to manage their money and she is doing the opposite of what she is preaching. I think this is wrong. If her claim to fame was selling chapstick or acting in movies, then it wouldn’t be so bad. But she SELLS financial advice and thats something that I think she should be more mindful about before doing crap like this. I don’t know about you but it makes me question everything she has said and certainly makes me think twice before buying her books or whatever else she is peddling that week.
What do you think? Do you think it matter when financial experts promote not so financially smart products? Tell me why or why not!