we considered punk icon Johnny Rotten's latest gig: front man for British butter brand Country Life. Decades after his irreverent reign, the ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon assumed oh-so British poses to declare the reasons Country Life is his diary condiment of choice in a spot from Grey, London. For an ambassador of anarchy, we wondered: what's the statute of limitations for selling out?
As always, Rate the Adsters fiercely championed both sides of the debate. One former fan thinks copy true to Johnny's roots would have been more effective. Commenter "creativemind" says, "It isn't really very clever at all. It would have been so much more so if the reasons Johnny didn't buy it were tied to the ideals he once yelled at me rather than the disappointingly routine reasons the writers present. John Lydon is an icon of a revolution in music, fashion and personal politics, and that seems to have been ignored. Play on our assumptions, and then surprise us at the end with something witty and pertinent to the anarchistic Johnny Rotten from back in the day."
On the other hand, for some, humor and irony were enough to redeem Lydon. Viewer "ljordana" says, "I think it's hilarious! To me it isn't selling out at all--even for Lydon--because he's not trying to look cool or represent his punk past. It's just a funny role for him, in all kinds of settings that we never imagined the Sex Pistols front man. Made me smile."