Poor Ryan Naylor. He probably believes in the scammy bullshit he brought to ABC’s Shark Tank, which is a show for inventors to show their stuff to potential investors.
The scammer’s background isn’t medical or scientific (GASP), it’s “search engine optimization,” which, if you’ve ever worked in marketing or been on Twitter, should have made you vomit in your mouth a little. But that doesn’t stop him from talking about positive and negative ions and how they hurt us and how his little rubbery watches help our balance.
My favorite part is when the camera shows his “science”:
My second favorite part is when the baldy guy tries to trick Naylor into admitting he’s peddling a scam. Sadly, it doesn’t work. All the investors seem to hate him for different reasons – first Mark Cuban got on him about it being an obvious scam, then one of the other guys said he ripped off the watch design from Rumba Time. I looked it up, and he has a case.
At the end Naylor whines into the camera, ““It frustrates me that Mark Cuban clouded the water for the other sharks. It’s too bad that they weren’t able to focus on me and my product rather than being scared off by Mark Cuban.”
I guess he did “cloud the water,” by taking the first succulent bite out of Naylor, to keep with their shark metaphor.
This all reminded me of an earlier event on Dragon’s Den, which is the British show that Shark Tank appears to be based on. I remembered seeing them tear apart a miracle cure scammer so I was searching for the clip when I stumbled across another clip of the Canadian version of the show ripping a snake oil salesman to shreds. The original clip was removed from YouTube but I did eventually find it on snotr:
This guy says his water will cure swine flu, cuts, a “bad tooth”, indigestion, pink eye, “viruses of every kind,” and he rightfully gets his ass handed to him. Watch for the part around 3:30 where he says it’ll cure cancer.
“Bruce, does it bother you that you’re telling people water cures cancer?”
“I do not prescribe and I do not diagnose. All I do is inform and supply people.”
“I don’t think you’re crazy, but you disgust me. Sometimes stuff is fun, and sometimes there’s guys like you who’ll do anything to make a buck.”
It’s awesome to see people like Bruce and Ryan Naylor get taken to task on reality television, and it’s particularly great that each country’s version of the show apparently stocks it with savvy skeptics.
Oh hey, this just occurred to me: do you think Ryan Naylor’s search engine results are going to take a turn for the worse now that everyone online is talking about what an apparent scammer he is? Huh.