Tom Hanks slams 'hoax' ad campaign which sees him endorsing cannabis company
Tom Hanks has called out a company who used an unauthorised image of him in an advertising campaign.
The 63-year-old took to social media to slam the fake celebrity endorsement by CannaPro CBD, who not only used a photo of Hanks to promote its product but also attributed a quote to the actor.
"The advances Doctor Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't had the chance to try it out for myself," read the bogus quote, which appeared alongside a photo of Hanks. "After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me."
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is a product derived from the cannabis plant that claims to be a natural remedy for chronic pain, stress and anxiety. But Hanks said he has never tested the product, nor would he endorse it.
"This is false and an intentional hoax. I've never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man! Hanx!" the Oscar winner fired off on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
TV host Dr Mehmet Oz, aka Dr Oz — who is mentioned in the fake endorsement — also slammed the ad.
"This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally," he wrote in response to Hanks' tweet. "I am not involved with any cannabis companies."
However, Hanks didn't need to issue a denial because nobody believed he would ever endorse a CBD product — even Kate Couric could see right through the fake ad. The beloved American journalist also pointed out that she too had been targeted in a similar campaign.
"Yes, and I never approved of any wrinkle cream, although I could probably use some," she commented on Hanks' post, adding the hashtag #Ridiculous.
The actor was the face of another bogus celebrity endorsement back in July. The same unauthorised image of Hanks was used, this time for a hemp oil product from Cali Naturals.
"FRAUD! INTERNET FAKE! Just so you know. Hanx," he clarified on Instagram.
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