The Tush Turner Is Perhaps The Stupidest Infomercial Product Ever

You need no better sign that The Empire is on the wane then the “Tush Turner,” a swiveling seat cushion that makes it easier to get in and out of your car without all that “contorting.” Just sit your ass down and spin in and out. And maybe with the few extra seconds it gives you you’ll be able to escape the Visigoths hunting you down as fuel for their war machines.

$19.99 + $6.99 (that’s $26.98) gets you one of these bad boys, and for just $4.99 more (that’s $31.97), you can get a second one, for your dignity.

But hey, it’s made with memory foam! And the cushion is bound to the rotating disc!

Tush Turner [Official Site] (Thanks to GitEmSteveDave!)

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  1. The Brad says:

    WOW! I’ve always wanted a placebo for my carseat!

  2. obits3 says:

    Memory Foam!

  3. obits3 says:

    This is all fun and games until some old person dies because they hit the back of their head entering a car that way…

  4. SerenityDan says:

    Using your muscles puts strain on them and can make you sore, but now there is no need with the new floating chair from BnL

  5. savvy9999 says:

    It sounds like a dumb product and who knows if it works… but the “problem” it is attempting to solve is quite real. When I hurt my back a couple of years ago, the absolute worst thing for it (until I healed fully, thank God) was getting in and out of a car, especially one built low to the ground. It does wrench your body.

    I’ve also heard similar stories from persons who have just had hip or knee replacements, that getting in and out of certain kinds of vehicles is torture on the healing or afflicted part(s).

    Again, I have no idea if this thing works, but if it does, it might be worth it to someone who needs it.

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      When I worked in a nursing home, often a surgical rehab patient would go out for the evening and having one of these would have been wonderful. The problem isn’t with the product, it’s with the advertising. They’re using an actor who is perfectly capable of getting in and out of a car when they should be using at least someone in costume demonstrating what it’s most useful for.

      The biomed companies who sell similar products also charge much, much more.

      • Lee Jones says:

        Yeah, it seemed like both the old and young actors did plenty of contorting, even with the product on the seat.

        • Wombatish says:

          Yeah, that’s my problem with it: it just doesn’t seem like it works (too flimsy).

          As someone with rather screwed up feet, ankles, knees and hips, this idea actually appeals, the execution just appears to suck (par for the course for infomercials, but still c: )

    • KathleemB says:

      Getting in and out of a car is hell on my hip bursitis if I forget to sit and turn, which is hell when I’m wearing long skirts. If this wouldn’t add too much height to the seat and make maneuvering around the steering wheel impossible, I’d get one. I might still get one, but for my grandma, who has trouble with her bum leg.

  6. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    â–ºGratuitous boobs-in-your-face shots at :31 and 1:52.

  7. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    Hey, you can’t get in/ out of the car because you’re a FATASS!

    But, I’ve decided to buy this wonderful product anyway. I’m not sure if it was the quasi-scientific explanation of how it works, the certified expert testimony and skeletal evidence presented by Scott Thompson, or the cleavage shot at :30

    OK, I’m pretty sure it was the cleavage.

  8. SkokieGuy says:

    Ben, you clearly don’t know anyone who’s had a hip replacement or severe arthritis.

    This is not a new product or idea, it’s been out for years. For the elderly, this can be essential to retain the ability to get in and out of a passenger vehicle.

    Toyota offers this as an aftermarket accessory and Renault Clio (Europe) is offering it as an option. GM did this in the (70’s?) on a number of their cars, in the Olds & Buick lines.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      excellent point, but you don’t have to be elderly to have arthritis. mine started at age 11. add that to my MS and there’s more than one day i’ve had to haul legs into my car with my hands after sitting down sideways

    • cvt2010 says:

      Thanks for being the voice of reason! Let’s not all mock a product just because we don’t personally need it, ok?

      I don’t know why that sounded sarcastic, but it’s not supposed to be…

    • Lee Jones says:

      There are plenty of medical conditions that would make this attractive. This particular item looks like a piece of junk, though…

    • Julia789 says:

      Yep these have been in catalogs for the elderly for at least a decade that I know of.

      My mother has a similar model. It helps her quite a bit when her debilitating pain makes getting in and out of the driver’s seat difficult.

      She is petite and as active as possible given her advanced Lupus, but she still needs a cane and wheelchair sometimes. This “device” allowing her to get in and out of the car helps her quite a bit.

      The commercial for the above product is just silly. But I suppose all “As Seen on TV” commercials are purposefully ridiculous.

  9. Weighted Companion Cube says:

    At the 29 second mark I love how that girl in green shows off her cleavage!

  10. Xin says:

    B@@bs *couldn’t resist*

  11. Elphaba says:

    I have chronic sciatic pain. I want one of these. I already enter the car this way.

  12. Chaoss says:

    This entry and about 90% of the comments are just the kind of things I’d expect to hear from someone who hasn’t exited their thirties yet.

    • somedaysomehow says:

      Amen. My 93 year old grandmother would really benefit from one of these. She already has a strap she can use to help pull her outside foot into the car.

      • SkokieGuy says:

        One of the “tricks” that nurses give to hip-replacement patients is to place a heavy plastic trashbag on the seat of the car.

        If your grandma has cloth (non-slidey friendly) seats, this will let her swivel easily. If it helps, then you can get her this device or other another similar item (google car + seat + swivel).

  13. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    Okay, Men:

    Honestly, the only thing you remember from that whole commercial happened at :30.
    Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? Yea, me too. But, not surprised.

    • c!tizen says:

      I would totally agree, unfortunately I’ve already posted my comment below.

    • BBP says:

      Boobies? What? I’m sorry, did you say something?

    • drizzt380 says:

      As a man, I didn’t even think about it or notice it until i read about it in the comments.

      Obviously I appear to be in the minority. I always assumed such intense ogling only happened in media representations of human interaction. *shrug*

      • c!tizen says:

        “I always assumed such intense ogling only happened in media representations of human interaction.”

        I say the same thing when I’m trying to get laid.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      I didn’t even bother clicking on the video until you mentioned the eye candy 30 seconds into it. Oh look, nice babe, nice rack — CLEAVAGE! Brain…mesmerized… must… buy.,, stupid ass-twirler…

      …until I realize the rack only persuades me to visit certain sites that provide that and much more. For free.

  14. c!tizen says:

    This is the best, and weirdest commercial I’ve ever seen for a woman’s green shirt, but hell… I’ll take 2!

  15. Gman says:

    I love infomercial math. Selling something for $20 = over $100 in value. Well unless the processing and handling turns out to be $80 in the end.

    Plus I think this is totally a infomercial failure. The B&W shots actually looks realistic and a problem needed solving. Where are the horrible actors pretending to be so stupid they can’t figure out how to stand up form a sitting position?

  16. mandy_Reeves says:

    My mom could use one of those actually. She has new knees, but her back and stuff make it hard to get out of a car.

    • missdona says:

      I was thinking the same thing. My mom has had 3 hip replacement, and could use a new knee and an elbow. She totally contorts getting in and out of cars.

  17. NOS says:

    I would have to disagree with this entire post.

    My 82 year old grandmother has a great deal of trouble moving around… hey she is pretty old. When we purchased her one of these all of a sudden she WANTED to go out and do things again.

    This alleviated the pain that her hips and legs went through when she was entering and exiting the car.

    Maybe people should think about all of the possible users that could find this device to aid their life.

    • I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; We'll have thee wumbo; Wumborama; Wumbology; the study of Wumbo. says:

      HOnestly, blame it on the marketing because this item seems to be marketed towards everyone. It should be steered towards older people and people who already have back problems (instead of claiming that this simple action causes serious back problems and this item will cure it).

  18. RevancheRM says:

    Thank gawd the chick in the pic above wore underwear (and long pants).

  19. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    On more serious note I do see more seniors buying higher riding cars, vans, and SUVs and avoiding the gravity issues of getting in and out of a Dodge Neon. Older members of my extended clan now buy based on seat height & ease of ingress/egress.

  20. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    I understand a turning motion to get out, but I have never needed to turn 360 degrees in my car seat. Clearly over-engineered.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      Or just cheaper to use a surplus stock of lazy susan turntables.

  21. yessongs says:

    Just what we need something to get your fat ass out of a car! By the way, liked the boobs, they would probably sell more with more boobs.

  22. Destra says:

    This product is great for older folks and those with bad backs or joints. Obviously not the “stupidest infomercial product ever.” It is, however, a silly infomercial, especially with the overt cleavage shots thrown in there.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      But, men won’t buy it without the cleavage shots. It’s a proven fact, cleavage shots force blood from the brain, causing a willingness spend too much money on things we don’t need.

      Damn you, penis.

  23. Lee Jones says:

    Ben, you don’t usually come across like a jerk, but you do in this post.

    My wife has Fibromyalgia, which causes joint pain, among other things. Something like this in a car would actually be a feature we’d pay for. And we’re in our 30’s. I wouldn’t buy THIS one (it looks really flimsy to me).

    But we are considering a taller car with leather seats (they let you slide) to make it easier to get in and out of our car without all that “contorting.” Just sit her ass down and spin in and out.

  24. Raanne says:

    Huh – I could have used one of these when I was pregnant…

    People love to claim products are stupid, but usually they just can’t comprehend life outside of their own personal experience.

  25. Alvis says:

    If there was only some way to use a computer to capture video…

    Nah, Baby’s First Fisher Price Camcorder should work fine.

  26. Gravitational Eddy says:

    I don’t know about all of you out there, but if I have to have an assisted living device for my drivers seat, I’m probably not going to be driving.
    It’s like all those people who insist on driving yet they cannot walk anymore, hence the Hoveround cart attached to the back bumper.
    I kid you not, other day I saw a truck pulling a trailer with two of those on it.
    and it was heading into the Best Buy’s parking lot….

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      why shouldn’t someone who can drive but not walk, give up driving?
      i can walk a hundred feet or so before my legs give out on a usual day. but that’s because of balance problems and weakness in my legs. it has nothing to do with my ability to sit, steer or control the gas pedal and brake. my doctor would take away my license if it did. yes, doctors can do that.
      and for people who can’t control the gas pedal and brake with their feet, there are hand controls.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Yes indeed, thanks. As a 26 year old woman who is just starting to learn to drive because I just got hand controls installed, I think the person above is quite the jerk for insisting that I shouldn’t try to live more independently.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          well i was thinking of you specifically when i wrote about the hand controls but i wasn’t going to drag you into it unwillingly

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      It’s like all those people who insist on driving yet they cannot walk anymore

      Well how the heck are they supposed to get around now that they can’t walk? Biking? Rollerblading?

  27. HappyFunTimes says:

    I don’t see how this dumb for someone with a disability or a temporary injury.However you take on it is fairly crass and a poor attempt at humor.

    • HappyFunTimes says:

      *your. I missed my coffee break :(

    • Gravitational Eddy says:

      I’ll answer that .
      are you so badly injured that you cannot move?
      ever notice that handy dandy grab handle above your head?
      you know, those car design engineers anticipated this problem.
      it was more effective to install a grip to lift yourself, and allowing a free-wheeling
      spinal dislocation device that one sits on is not all that attractive in a car.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        the car design engineers anticipated part of the problem. some days i don’t have enough strength in my arms to pull myself in and out of the car with the handle. those are usually the days where i don’t have the strength in my legs to walk.
        but it comes and goes, and those handles sure are useful when my arms are up to it!

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        Not everyone has the arm or hand strength to do that — for example, my mother, a polio survivor. She has very little grip in her left hand and almost none in her right. She can open a jar, but support her body weight? Not since she was about eight years old.

  28. arualflower says:

    These are actually really good for people like my very frail grandparents. They are not fat asses, they are just really really old, arthritic, and get around very slowly. I may get some once they are sold in walgreens/cvs for them when I take them to the Doctor.

  29. Etoiles says:

    My 93-year-old grandmother is now too frail to leave the nursing home she’s in, but back in 2009 and before when she was still doing limited traveling, this would have made life a lot easier for her. Similarly, my severely disabled mother-in-law (two hip replacements, two knee replacements, multiple spinal surgeries, pins and plates in both ankles and one shoulder) could really use one — it takes her almost 10 minutes to get into the car when we drive her anywhere.

  30. VA_White says:

    Or you could just buy cars with leather seats that let you slide across.

  31. KathleemB says:

    What about people who have hip problems (or most any kind of leg problem)? Getting into the car like that is exactly what the PT recommended for my grandmother, instead of pushing off her bad leg. And I try to use the same technique, partly to model good behavior for her, and partly because it’s less strain on my poor hip.

  32. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Hey…Don’t knock it…This was a necessity for my elderly grandmother…It’s not intended solely for ‘lazy people’

  33. Wayne Keyser says:

    Sorry to disagree with the laughing mob, but this is something I might use.

    I’m 61, and a stroke victim. There are lots of us out there.

    Little right leg strength to push myself around to the left to get out, and when entering the vehicle I can’t lift my right leg far enough to just “hop” all the way in … gotta grab the wheel and haul my whole self over to the right. VERY hard on the back!

    I’m not sure this gadget is sturdy enough to do the job, but it’s cheaper than a power seat for us crippled-up old folks.

  34. ClaudeKabobbing says:

    Sit and spin while driving. How much more fun can you have

  35. Noadi says:

    Horrible infomercial. Not bad idea for a product.

    I could have used one of these when I was wearing a walking cast on my foot for 12 weeks, getting in and out of a car was incredibly difficult and I’m a healthy person in my 20s (aside from the broken bone and torn tendons that made me have to wear that cast). For the elderly or others with mobility problems this is a very common sense product that could really help them.

  36. malamikigio says:

    well, this post is a little harsh.

    i believe that many people with actual limited mobility could use one of these.

    in fact, my mother uses a wheelchair (she has very debilitating MS), and because my car is too small for her to just roll into, i have to lift her into the front seat. something like this product could make it so we don’t have to lift her legs left or right when she’s entering or exiting the car.

  37. DeadFlorist says:

    Will we ever catch up to the automotive technology of the futuristic past?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr38/120493469/

  38. HogwartsProfessor says:

    This is not a new product. The Harriet Carter catalog and I think the Walter Drake catalog have sold this thing for YEARS.

  39. StoneColdCrab says:

    Well, ordinarily I’d love to snark, but I had a friend whose mother had debilitating arthritis from a young age. She had something like this back in the early 80’s and it sure made getting in and out of the car way easier.

  40. buzz says:

    I can see how this might be helpful for someone who has back problems/related mobility issues, but wouldn’t it be awkward to drive while sitting on that thing? Like riding on a swivel chair, if it truly moves as easily as shown.

  41. HungryGal says:

    Sorry to be an ass, but this comment thread has gotten me a little concerned about all these bionic 90 year olds, probably doped up on the good shit, driving around.

  42. lucky13 says:

    Dear Ben,
    After 15+ centuries, we hoped you could have forgiven a little pillaging. Apparently not. Why don’t you pick on some other barbarian tribe (the Huns could use some publicity these days)?

    Respectfully,
    The Visigoths

  43. Andy S. says:

    This isn’t a new concept. The early 1960’s Ford Thunderbird had a swiveling driver’s seat and a steering wheel that pivoted 30° to the right.

  44. gman863 says:

    It reminds me of the “Hula Chair” – a fictious informercial that ran in the background of one of the first few episodes of the new Hawaii Five-0.

    Is this a case of life imitating art? If so, Book ‘em, Danno.

  45. obamaramallama says:

    While the infomercial is silly, the product is most certainly not. I suffer from severe acute sciatica and I own a seat almost exactly like this and it helps tremendously when getting in and out of my vehicle. On a scale of 1-10, my pain is around a 8 getting into a car without the seat and about a 4 with the swivel seat.

  46. physics2010 says:

    It may sound stupid. It may sound like it is for fat, lazy people. What you may not realize is that an extremely large segment of the population in the U.S and Japan is over the 50 year mark. Getting in and out of a car with a bad knee/hip is difficult. Any product like this will fly off the shelves if properly marketed.

    It won’t stop at these products. Coming to a showroom near you soon will be more cars designed for older people to get in and out of with more ease.

  47. jrs45 says:

    This is kind of a mean article. There are a lot of people out there with real medical issues that benefit from products like this. Especially the elderly.

    I really don’t think they deserve to be ridiculed for something they’re certainly embarrassed about already. I truly hope that none of you, or your parents, end up needing something like this down the road. And if you do, I hope you aren’t ridiculed for it.

  48. what? says:

    Normally, I’d be all for mocking this product, but I actually see a use for it. My grandmother had a leg amputated a year ago due to poor circulation and has trouble getting in and out of the car, namely the torso turning and twisting to get her leg and prosthesis into the car. This could actually make her struggle a little easier.

    Not that she’d be caught dead sitting on one.

  49. Wang_Chung_Tonight says:

    does the chick in the green shirt come with it?

  50. TerpBE says:

    This could have some other uses.

    “Step 1, cut a hole in the tush turner….Step 2….”

  51. kennedar says:

    This would be perfect for moving my Grandma around. She has fairly advanced alzheimers so she rarely leaves the nursing home, but when my grandpa died a few years ago she was in and out of cars a ton for the few weeks it took to get everything in order. For the $30, it would have made my parents lives much easier and saved her a lot of pain.

  52. barcodetattoo says:

    Wow!! EVER! Like so many other non-exciting things..

  53. BytheSea says:

    These products. Are not. For. People. With. Well. functioning. Bodies. They are. For. The. Disabled. You. Fucking. Douchebag.

  54. Segador says:

    The gratuitous boob shot at 0:30 is hilarious.

  55. Jimmy37 says:

    Have you seen the size of some people’s butts? And the donut they support? There’s enough friction there between the butt and the seat to keep them imprisoned forever. That swivel is a great idea for people that don’t want to lose weight.

  56. Jimmy37 says:

    Have you noticed the actors stumble in and out of the car BEFORE they put that swivel cushion in?? Only then do they swivel their hips to get in and out. What a crock. While some elderly and disabled people could use this to help them swivel, most people just need to learn how to get in and out properly.

  57. Sidecutter says:

    While I agree this is kind of goofy, I can see the usefulness of it. I’m only five foot ten, pretty damn average, and I still find it unpleasant and sometimes fairly difficult to contort myself as necessary to get in and out of many regular “cars” (as opposed to vans, trucks, minivans, economy pickets, and all the other clases…so I guess anything like a sedan or smaller). I can only imagine how bad it must be for people with less mobility.

  58. Glomarization says:

    Another person chiming in to say that readers wouldn’t be so scornful if they’d seen my grandmother struggling to get out of even large, low sedans in her 80s and 90s.

  59. bridge47 says:

    I have seen similar products in Adaptive/Assistive equipment catalogs. This is the proper way to get in an out of the car with knee/back/hip/balance issues. I am a physical therapy student and have showed many patients this exact way of getting in and out of the car. I don’t recall anyone actually having an issue with the turning part though, usually people can manage with all of the handles and dashboard to spin themselves around. But it might be good for some!