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The ShamWow, a German-made shammy cloth, was the first notable product pitched by Vince. The aggressive tone, fast-talking pitches, impressive demonstrations, and youthful charm was spurred immediate recognition by the public. Vince’s presentation and likeability quickly brought him into the same limelight as Billy Mays, another well-known television pitchman.
Vince’s second product, a hand-pressed food chopper named the Slap Chop, was another viral success. The Slap Chop made huge gains in public recognition for its double entendres and aggressive marketing phrases. Some of these include:
- “You’re going to love my nuts.”
- “If I can do this with one finger, you guys can do it with your whole hand.”
- “We’re going to make America skinny again, one slap at a time.”
Arrested for Felony Battery
Vince was arrested on February 7, 2009 for felony battery on prostitute Sasha Harris. He claims he struck Sasha Harris after she would not let go after biting his tongue, in which no formal charges were ever filed.
Vince, a former Scientologist, was involved in what he called a “hit”, in which the church used persuasive measures to deter other members from befriending and working with him after he left the church.
Parodies & Mentions
The popularity and controversy of Vince and his products have led to many parodies and news mentions, including spoofs on Jimmy Kimmell Live, The Soup, and many other amateur YouTube videos, including the popular Rap Chop (Auto-tune) Remix by Steve Porter.