So I just got off my flight, where I enjoyed non-stop live TV at my seat thanks to Jet Blue, whose new terminal at JFK makes flying feel almost glamorous and delicious. I was in heaven catching up on some of my favorite TV shows like The Office and 30 Rock that I normally have to watch via netflix and am perpetually behind given that fact. But what caught my attention most of all during the flight was not how cute John Krasinsky (my other virtual celebrity boyfriend) is, but the infamous Enbrel commercial where a woman, who evidently has RA, exclaims that she didn't know RA could attack her joints.
Yes, you read that correctly. That is what it says.
You may have already seen this commercial. I had only heard about it, but now that I've actually seen it myself, I have to say, I was horrified. What were they thinking????? It was kind of embarrassing, and I found myself feeling surprisingly angry- commercials don't tend to bring up such strong emotions for me, but this one did.
Enbrel, if you are reading this, please discontinue this commercial as soon as possible. I love what you do for my RA, but this commercial is insulting and makes out like people who have RA are completely ignorant about a disease that has no cure, will likely chop 10-15 years off their lives, and oh yeah, will completely take out all of their joints if they don't find a successful treatment.
If there is one thing anyone knows when you say the word arthritis, be it osteo or rheumatoid or psoriatic, it is that it affects the joints.
Please, for the love of all of us RA peeps, don't run this commercial anymore.
OK. I will put my soap box away now and go to bed, achy joints and all.