Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek: The Next Generation) would like you to know that he does not and will not endorse AAA Insurance.

UPDATE: We initially reported that Mr. Wheaton disliked all of AAA. Not so. He tells us:

“I’m happy with the rest of the AAA services I’ve used, and continue to use.

The insurance, though, can eat a bag of dicks.”

We regret the error. [WWdN] (Thanks, Ryan!)

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  1. DrGirlfriend says:

    Wil Wheaton has a potty mouth.

  2. quagmire0 says:

    Dear Consumerist,

    I can’t believe you posted a link that led me to Wil Wheaton’s blog. I may never be able to forgive you.

  3. dantsea says:

    Oh, okay.

  4. MercuryPDX says:

    @DrGirlfriend: Still, I would pay good money for a .wav or .mp3 of him saying “Hey! Why don’t you go f**k yourself, you f**king a**masters!”

  5. nursetim says:

    In a an indirect way, it is relevant. After all, he is relating how he got screwed over by AAA, although it is not the main focus of the entry. You could mention it contains NSFW language, though.

  6. homerjay says:

    Will Wheaton? I thought he died eating pop rocks and soda!

  7. Antediluvian says:

    Meg / Eds, you might want to clarify your blurb: Wil is against AAA Insurance. He said he’s still okay with the AAA auto club for tourbooks and maps and roadside assistance.

    Per WW:

    The insurance department is an entirely different beast, and their douchebaggery shouldn’t reflect poorly on the roadside assistance and other benefits of AAA membership.

    I think the original posting on Consumerist should mention this, because his actual statement (that I quoted here) is buried in the responses to his posting.

  8. Antediluvian says:

    @homerjay: No no — you’re thinking of River Phoenix.

  9. DrGirlfriend says:

    @mercurypdx: Agreed, but it should be video, and he should be wearing his Wesley Crusher costume.

  10. MercuryPDX says:

    @DrGirlfriend: I can’t do video ringtones. :(

    @homerjay: No, that was Tina Yothers from Family Ties ;)

  11. Kifune says:

    Nope, it was Mikey from the Life cereal commericals. =)

  12. GearheadGeek says:

    Wesley…er..Will is “uh idjit.” He did exactly what the insurance industry wants, he tucked his tail between his legs and went away, leaving all the money he’d paid to them for 12 years with no claims as almost pure profit. If everyone they screwed in such a fashion would fight, they’d quickly stop doing it because it would start to cost them money.

  13. homerjay says:

    @Kifune: Thats right. Wait, then what happened to Wil Wheaton? Oh wait! He became a porn star, didn’t he?

  14. balthisar says:

    How’s AAA insurance in other states (others that aren’t Michigan)? Here they’re non-profit, cheap, and I get nothing but great service. Interestingly, this article was topical in that it reminded me to get off my ass and pay for my next year — tomorrow I’d’ve been uninsured!

  15. hn333 says:

    If Wil Wheaton had an acting gig, he wouldn’t be spending so much time on his blog.

  16. KithKanan says:

    Just a note to everyone, AAA isn’t one big national monolith as far as insurance goes. There are two separate AAA clubs in California alone — CSAA in Northern California, and ACSC in Southern California. Their insurance divisions are totally separate from eachother, and I assume this is the case between other clubs under the national AAA umbrella as well.

    Without knowing which AAA Wil is with, we don’t know which one offers crappy insurance to be avoided (I’d like to know. I really hope he isn’t still in SoCal, since my insurance is with ACSC right now, and they’ve been good to me as far as I know but I haven’t needed to file a claim).

  17. Buran says:

    And I happily endorse Nacho Cheesier Doritos.

  18. rdm says:

    So wil is a full time writer but he can’t even make up his own insults? (Says she who listened to Louis CK’s HBO special a couple days ago.. “bag of dicks”).

  19. MercuryPDX says:

    @homerjay: Since we’re giving accurate info now instead of creating more rumors (glares at Kifune)…

    It was Scott Schwartz from “A Christmas Story” and “The Toy”… AND just to tie it all back to the matter at hand check out who the fourth comment is from:
    [suicidegirls.com]

  20. MercuryPDX says:

    Added disclaimer: Wil has a potty mouth on the above site too.

  21. homerjay says:

    @mercurypdx: Wow, way to do your research, dude.

    And accurate info? Good idea. We wouldn’t want the internet to turn into some sort of rumor mill. :)

  22. IrisMR says:

    Well that’s much better. Thanks for the clear up.

    …haha.

  23. Usama says:

    @quagmire0: Wil Wheaton’s cool. What’s up with getting upset about Consumerist linking to him?

    @hn333: or poking fun at his blog (and the fact that he’s able to blog)?
    Oh, he has a blog so he must not have a job or a life and is still a dork. Yet here all are, commenting on an article about him. So what does that say?

    And GearheadGeek: not everyone has the time and energy to battle it out with insurance companies. I don’t think I would have either. And it’s not Wheaton’s responsibility to stand up for the rest of us. Insurance companies will always try to not pay a claim, that is in their interest.

  24. pureobscure says:

    Thanks, Consumerist, I was really wondering what Wil “Irrelevant-even-back-in-1992″ Wheaton thought about AAA. I’ll be sure to cancel/renew my AAA subscription after I carefully read through his blog and get his official position.

  25. lockdog says:

    @Usama: I second you Wil Wheaton is cool. He posts erratically on slashdot and his comments are mostly witty, relevant and insightful. He seems surprisingly well grounded for a former child actor, doesn’t take himself too seriously. We could do worse by our erstwhile celebrity bloggers.

  26. humphrmi says:

    When I worked for AAA (I won’t say which club) I figured since I had a membership, I should be a loyal employee and check out the insurance. I set up an appointment with an agent, but when he found out that I was (A) a fellow employee (so he felt sorry for me), and (B) currently insured with State Farm, he called me back and said “We can’t beat them on price or service. Quite frankly, you’ll be happier staying there.” Which I have ever since. I won’t say SF is perfect, but by their own admission, they beat the hell out of AAA.

  27. Leiterfluid says:

    Shut up, Wesley.

    /obligatory

  28. Imaginary_Friend says:

    Those of you dissing his blog should take a few minutes to read it some time. He’s a pretty damn good writer.

    On topic: AAA is full of shit. To wit:
    [www.betterworldclub.com]

  29. mantari says:

    A bag of dicks? Oh fabulous!

  30. GearheadGeek says:

    @Usama: It has nothing to do with him “stand[ing] up for the rest of us” but with standing up for himself. If State Farm tried to cheat me out of a settlement I was due under the terms of my insurance, I would fight them a) on principle, b) because they’ve taken my damned money for coverage and it’s their responsibility to pay legitimate claims, and c) because I know I’ll continue to need insurance and I don’t want to encourage insurance companies to screw me again.

    The fact that my victory would also be helpful to other consumers of insurance is just a side effect. Enlightened self-interest is the key here.

    Oh, and changing insurers eventually is the right move, so long as you make the insurer you’ve faithfully paid for more than a decade pay what they owe.

  31. Usama says:

    @GearheadGeek: Sorry, I took your first comment to strictly mean he’s making it worse for all of us. Your points are all valid, of course. I guess in Mr. Wheaton’s view the cost-to-benefit ratio just didn’t add up. *shrug*

    @lockdog: I completely agree.

  32. Baronzemo says:

    Well, if the topic is blogs-written-by-former-child-stars-that-are-surprisingly-good go click thru on Quinn Cummings;
    [qcreport.blogspot.com]

  33. Trojan69 says:

    I have saved a minimum of $500 by insuring my car with the SoCal AAA.

    I have yet to hear even a whisper of them screwing over claimants.

  34. jsaint says:

    Easy, “Photon Torpedos 3 Point Spread” (dramatic pause) “Engage Ensign!” (10 min later) “Ahhh, Triple A, this is Will Wheaton I think aliens totaled my car.” (Man looks puzzled into plastic bag full of dust) “Yea, my bodyshop has it in a zip bag.” end.

  35. B says:

    @Antediluvian: No, it was Mikey from the life cereal commercials.

  36. Propaniac says:

    @rdm: The phrase “bag of dicks” or reference to eating such is at least a couple years old. It’s part of the general Internet vernacular.

  37. Antediluvian says:

    @B: I was pretty sure it was River, but maybe I’m thinking of the kid who played Bobby Brady. I’m sure he’s either dead or a crack dealer now, or maybe both.

  38. Antediluvian says:

    As for all you detractors, LEAVE WIL WHEATON ALONE! Just, leave him alone.

    Aw, hell, I can’t even do a PRETEND Britney-fanboy (who shall remain nameless for the benefit of everyone) act.

    But Wil is hot shit on teh intarweb nowadays, and a good writer, too.