Status: Fake Person
Hoax forum regulars are familiar with
Cillit Bang (a brand of cleaner) and its over-the-top advertisements. Now it seems that Barry Scott, the fictional Cillit Bang spokesperson, has materialized in cyber space with his very own weblog
. As if that wasn't enough, Barry Scott has also begun leaving comments on other people's weblogs. Tom Coates, of plasticbag.org, reports that
after he posted an entry about his father, whom he hasn't seen in over thirty years, Barry Scott left a comment (as well as a link to cillitbang.com):
"Hi Tom, Always remember one thing. Life is very, very short and nothing is worth limiting yourself from seeing the ones you love. I hadn't seen my father in 15 years until 2 years ago. I was apprehensive but I kept telling myself that no matter how estranged we'd become there was no river to wide to cross. Drop me a line if I can be of any more help. Cheers, Barry"
Seems like an oddly personal message for a faux person... and a very elaborate form of comment spam. Cillit Bang, Scott's creators, later apologized for the comment
. But not before Barry left another message:
What the f***? Can't a viral advertiser be human, have a father he hasn't seen in 15 years, or make a non-job-related personal post on another website?
I'm an Administrator on the Diecast Drive-In Forum, and we also had a posting from 'Barry Scott', plus, he's even registered with us. So far, we're not too sure what to think,
Next time your'e in town shout out... LOOK, Its Barry Scott off Cillit Bang. Everyone else around you will swear its him too Or if you really wan't to cause a stir set up a stall in your local shopping mall and blart on about stains for a couple of hours. Helps if you look a bit like Barry, but can anyone remember what he looks like anyway.
can it be real
that you are not
Its all rot
i have alot
your so male
Im the REAL Barry Scott! I was born in... Uganda,educated on a cargo ship,and made a living stealing and selling cans of peas.
My ads are not over the top,theyre deadly serious!!theyre recorded in same house as the sopranos(if you look closely enough during sopranos,you can see me in the background cleaning the kitchen sink,and unblocking the toilet)
Im a chronic alcoholic with 32 convictions,including public nudity,benifit fraud,failure to pay the TV license,murder,minor tax fraud,and public urination, among others.
Im 41 years old and i live in peoples sitting rooms while theyre on holiday.I made
I am so in love with Barry Scott, oh he's so fanatybluton, I want yackle his schneidels and wattay his manataybluntays till he bangs!