Rowe 'Weirdly Flattered' By Firm Using 'Dirty Jobs' Pic as 'Unacceptable' Work Attire
Television host Mike Rowe said he was "weirdly flattered" by a consulting firm that used an image of him in stained working-class clothes to call attention to "unacceptable" work attire.
Rowe said on Facebook that Five Brothers Default Management Solutions "prefers the look of freshly-laundered malnourished Millennials who go belt-less" to those who, to use his former catchphrase, aren't afraid to get dirty.
He told Elizabeth MacDonald on FBN that the incident furthers the narrative that has allowed for a 5.8 million-job "skills gap", where there are reportedly millions of open positions in occupations that may not be exciting or fashionable.
Rowe compared the rise of President-elect Donald Trump to the unexpected success of "Dirty Jobs", in that, in 2004, such a program that showcased blue-collar Americans doing a plethora of necessary but sometimes muddy tasks was a "tough sell".
"Dirty Jobs" ran for seven years, partially inspiring further programming centered around such work, like Rowe's latest "Deadliest Catch" program about Alaskan crab fishing.
There were 17 Republican primary contenders on stage in 2016, Rowe said, and "the one guy who was absolutely not acceptable suddenly resonated."
"[Trump was] the guy with the reality TV show, who probably had a better perspective of what's going on in the country," Rowe said.