Shy bladder advocates blast DirecTV over ad featuring 'painfully awkward' Rob Lowe

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By RYAN GORMAN

Shy bladder advocates are protesting a DirecTV ad featuring a "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe who can't use public restrooms.

The advocates are calling for the nationally airing television ad starring the actor to be pulled off the air, but the satellite provider has staunchly refused.

Lowe is currently appearing in a series of ads for DirecTv nudging people to drop cable for satellite television.

A suave-looking, hip Lowe talks up the advantages of satellite while a shy, nerdy Lowe wearing a fanny pack admits to having cable.

Lowe states a number of "facts" about satellite while joking about how cable "makes you wait."

Painfully awkward Lowe stands anxiously in his home's window while waiting: "I hope it's not a girl – or a guy."

He then is shown in a public restroom struggling to deal with other people standing nearby.

"Fact: I can't go with other people in the room," he says in a toothy voice.

Steve Soifer, CEO of the International Paruresis Association, claimed to the Associated Press that the ad is in "poor taste" and "ridicules a serious problem" experienced by as much as seven percent of Americans.

"We don't mind if people have a little fun with it," said Soifer, also a social work professor at the University of Memphis. "It's a situation that a lot of people don't understand. In this particular case, the portrayal is making it look ridiculous, that this guy is a loser for having a problem.

"What if he didn't have a leg or an arm?" he continued. "Are you going to make fun of them?"

DirecTV immediately shot down the request in comments to the AP.

"The ads will continue to run for the vast majority of viewers who have told us they enjoy the spots and understand that, like all of our commercials, they take place in a fantasy world ad are not based in reality," said a spokesperson for the satellite provider.

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Shy bladder advocates blast DirecTV over ad featuring 'painfully awkward' Rob Lowe
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 09: Actor Rob Lowe attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2015 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Actor Rob Lowe, left, jokingly distracts a Memphis Grizzlies player at the free throw line during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Grizzlies won 90-87. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Rob Lowe (L) and Sheryl Berkoff attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actor Rob Lowe and singer Johnny Mathis attend the Barlow Respiratory Hospital;s 4th Annual Bernie Brillstein Golf Classic Awards Dinner at the Wilshire Country Club on October 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actor Rob Lowe and talent agent Richard Weitz attend the Barlow Respiratory Hospital;s 4th Annual Bernie Brillstein Golf Classic Awards Dinner at the Wilshire Country Club on October 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 19: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Lowe pose for a photocall for their latest film 'Sex Tape' at the Hotel Mandarin on June 19, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Lowe pose during a photocall for their latest film 'Sex Tape' on June 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 9: American actor Rob Lowe promotes his new book 'Love Life' at Barnes & Noble bookseller at 5th Avenue, on April 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 17: Rob Lowe (L) and his son John Owen Lowe (C) are seen on June 17, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Rob Lowe visits Fox News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' at Fox News Studios on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Rob Lowe is seen on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by DVT/Star Max/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rob Lowe is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 4/8/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Rob Lowe (C) with Sirius XM's The MOMS with Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein attend Rob Lowe's 'Love Life' book launch hosted by The Mom at Paramount Hotel on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 16: (L-R) Mary Nilan, President of NBC Television Jennifer Nicholson Salke, Founder, President and CEO of The Get In Touch Foundation Mary Ann Wasil, actor Rob Lowe, author Angelique L'Amour, Dr. Nalini Chilkov and Dr. Kristi Funk attend the Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards at the Casa del Mar Hotel on March 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Get In Touch Foundation)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rob Lowe during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 5, 1993 -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 16: Actor Rob Lowe attends the Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards at the Casa del Mar Hotel on March 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Get In Touch Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Rob Lowe and Josh Radnor attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Michael Douglas, actor Rob Lowe and guest arrive to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins -- (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Ann & Chris' Episode 613 -- Pictured: Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Rob Lowe (L) and Sheryl Berkoff arrive at National Geographic Channel presents Los Angeles premiere of 'Killing Kennedy' at Saban Theatre on November 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rob Lowe visits GOOD MORNING AMERICA', 10/30/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ROB LOWE
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Rob Lowe and Sheryl Berkoff attend the National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy' World Premiere at The Newseum on October 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Rob Lowe attends the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Retta, Michael Schur, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir, Aubrey Plaza and Rob Lowe attend the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones attend the 'Parks And Recreation' 100th episode celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Rob Lowe and Eddie Murphy attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF15/WireImage)
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