'I want to address one about me that looks very authentic but is indeed a hoax,' Mayim Bialik wrote in an Instagram post. Mayim Bialik is calling out the money-grubbing ads online that are using her namesake to sell CBD gummies without her permission.
Mayim Bialik calls out scammers for using her name to sell CBD gummies
It’s not unusual to see celebrities slapping their name on wellness products these days — heck, the Kardashians have practically built their empire this way. But apparently, you can’t believe everything you see associated with a high-profile endorsement, as is the case with Mayim Bialik, who called out scam artists this week for using her name to shill CBD gummies.
“Hi everyone. So … awkward: there are many untrue things floating around the internet about many public figures, but I want to address one about me that looks very authentic but is indeed a hoax,” the Call Me Kat star wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
“I am not selling CBD Gummies of any kind and do not plan to do so at any point in the future. I have tried to get this removed to no avail. It’s not real.”
Though Bialik did not call out the companies by name, Page Six points to a couple of Facebook product pages that are leveraging the 46-year-old’s name to sell CBD gummies. One page, “Mayim Bialik CBD Gummies,” promises “relief from tension, stress and anxiety, depression, persistent discomfort, arthritis pain, irregularity, and different other issues” in a Feb. 19 post. “You can consume easily to get a remedy for smoking and insomnia,” the post shakily adds.
An accompanying link directs to a product called “Smilz CBD Gummies,” which likewise has its own Facebook page titled “Smilz CBD Gummies Mayim Bialik.”
It seems wild that even Bialik apparently cannot get the pages, which are very clearly scams, removed. Perhaps shedding some very public light on the situation will light a fire under the platform’s behind, as this is clearly not a good look and Facebook has enough bad press to contend with these days.
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Mayim Bialik is calling out the money-grubbing online ads that are using her name to sell CBD gummies without her permission.
“So … awkward,” the “Jeopardy!” host, 46, began Monday in a lengthy post shared to her social media platforms.
“There are many untrue things floating around the internet about many public figures, but I want to address one about me that looks very authentic but is indeed a hoax.”
Bialik then clarified, “I am not selling CBD Gummies of any kind and do not plan to do so at any point in the future.”
She concluded, “I have tried to get this removed to no avail. It’s not real.”
On Facebook, there are several product pages claiming to sell Bialik’s CBD gummies.
One in particular, titled Mayim Bialik CBD Gummies, alleges in a post from Feb. 19 that the gummies are “a fantastic product to get relief from tension, stress and anxiety, depression, persistent discomfort, arthritis pain, irregularity, and different other issues. You can consume easily to get a remedy for smoking and insomnia.”
An image of the gummies Smilz claims Bialik endorses. Smilz CBD
The post then drives the consumer to a link from a company called Smilz, where they can purchase the gummies for an undisclosed amount. The user is prompted to enter some of their personal information, including their name, address and phone number.
Smilz also has its own Facebook page promoting the same product. According to the page transparency information section, the page was created on Jan. 17, 2022.
Bialik’s post on social media, in which she calls out the fake ads. missmayim/Instagram
Several of Bialik’s followers advised the former “Blossom” star to sue those companies for false advertising.
“I sincerely hope you sue them and win!” one person wrote on Instagram.
Another added on Twitter, “FB feed is currently flooded with ‘sponsored’ ads claiming it’s true. Been reporting all of them as False News and scams, but you may have to take legal action against FB, since they’re raking in the cash by selling ad space to spam and malware sites.”
A rep for Facebook did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.