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Mike Rowe, host of 'dirty jobs' under fire for Walmart ad

Is a champion for the working man selling out to the worlds largest retailer?

Mike Rowe, the former host of the reality TV show "Dirty Jobs" is under fire for narrating a new commercial for Walmart.

Critics are blasting Rowe on social media for promoting the retail giant saying, "It's hypocrisy. Walmart's products are all made in China. Walmart contributes to those empty factories. What's so 'powerful' about an ad that makes absolutely no sense?"

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  1. thaddeus buttumch

    Just Remember...if it's BIG it's BAD! They put the Mom and Pop's out of business then raise prices! They get mechandise from China. Evil Evil EEVILLL!!

    March 8, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  2. Mike S.

    Anyone giving Mike crap is an idiot! Wake up morons!!! Walmart is only one of thousands upon thousands
    of companies that have gone overseas to increase profits. I try very hard to buy American but no matter where I shop, it's hard to find ANYTHING made in the USA on the shelves. At least Walmart is pledging to do something about it and change the course.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  3. Peter

    Mike Walmart = traitors

    February 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  4. drew van

    my daughter has worked at the Walmart in Erie Pa for 5 yearsand recieves vacation' hospitalization' sick time 401k and bonuses from store sales as well as store discounts. I am union and get unpaid vacation; unless you think of unemployment as vatcation and get unpaid holidays with no sick time. Yes iWalmarts not glamorous or high pay I'd like to see more American products everywhere. However poor people and those on limited budgets buy what they can afford. Oh yes I know the Walmart near my home hires or has hired Union employees for repair and some new construction. None of these union people refused to work there. THINGS COULD BE BETTER EVERYWHERE but they're not. Target ,Lowes, Home Depot, Grocery stores and Gas stations or heating oil ,check out where Your food comes from

    February 15, 2014 at 10:56 am | Reply
  5. Donna

    I have worked at and at least the stores in my area, they do pay MUCH better than other comparable retail stores. It's prices are lower and WM is again going back to Made in USA products. If people encourage them to get more, they will.
    Some of those who are making less are either new or they don't want the hours. (I know of several who were on assistance by their choice, they were offered FT positions with insurance and they turned them down because they didn't want to work that much..

    February 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  6. Paul Stephens

    Mike,
    This may be the direst job you have ever undertaken. No, you won't get dirty but well compensated for supporting one of the largest welfare queens in the U.S. While the owners get richer we, the citizens, have to support their workers via TANF and other social services which in turn are supported by tax dollars that could be spent on other needy families. The best way Walmart can support America is by paying its employees a wage high enough for them to move off social services. And buy American products NOT control American industry.

    February 14, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
  7. Catherine Obrien

    Mike Rowe would do well do sit with different workers for the same amount of time he spent with walmart management and then do or don't do the ad again.

    February 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  8. dee jones

    Think of the job we would not have if not for Wal-Mart.

    February 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  9. Mike

    Critics need to WATCH the ad. Wal Mart claims they are going to spend $250 Billion to help create new manufacturing in the USA. If they put their money where their mouth is, we should all celebrate and THANK Mike Rowe.

    February 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  10. Avi Ratica

    I have had jobs with low pay, no benefits and poor working conditions. I am doing well now but, I remember being poor and never try to support a company that has a reputation like Walmart. That's why I support Costco and my local Publix here in Florida. Yes, if you take money from a company like Walmart then, in this Veterans opinion, you have sold out.

    February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Reply

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