Beck calls out homeboy Jim Sollisch of Marcus Thomas Advertising, for advocating that people just quit paying their credit card bills:
I wouldn’t have a man like that on my payroll for anything in the world.
That’s because Billy doesn’t run an ad agency.
About 20 years ago, for about 6 months (I left for grad school), I worked the mail room at Lowe Marschalk, which was in the old TV3 building by the library in downtown Cleveland. Ponderosa Restaurants was their big account. I got to see the creative team at work and play, and frankly, I preferred the ladies in Billing. These folks were clever rather than intelligent, and why should it be otherwise? They have the job of inducing you to buy something without making any reasoned arguments whatsoever, because there’s no time or space for that. And that’s just what this piece is about…and really, all his pieces that I’ve seen. An ask.com search brings up quite a few of them, mostly from the Washington Post. He can make words dance without making them actually work. And it’s hard to justify firing a guy for doing on his own time the thing that you pay him for. Yes, Venlet or Billy or I can’t write without getting principle mixed up in it, but Jim Sollisch isn’t paid to have principles.
Yes, he’s disgusting, but so is his whole industry, really: a tapeworm in the bowels of capitalism. That being the case, why not do unto Marcus Thomas what Sollisch would do to the credit card people (Jim, you go first!). Alltel, Dunlop, Pizza Hut, Tarkett, White Outdoor… why should you guys pay your bills? MT is obviously gouging you; if everyone quit paying, they’d have to lower their rates. That would be fair, wouldn’t it?