Ricky Gervais roasts Apple

"Made by a company that runs sweatshops in China"

From "Ricky Gervais calls out Tim Cook, Apple TV+" in SFGate Sunday night:

Seated among the star-studded audience at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards was Apple CEO Tim Cook, and it’s likely he didn’t know what he was in for.

Cook was attending in support of the Apple TV+ series, “The Morning Show.” The exploratory newsroom drama was nominated for three awards, including Best Television Series, and stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon received dual nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama.

During his opening monologue, notoriously snarky host Ricky Gervais initially commended the show, calling it a “superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing.”

The audience agreed in uproarious applause, not realizing Gervais had yet to finish his sentence

“...Made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” he said.

My take: Could have been worse, coming from Gervais.

UPDATE: Here's Cook in the audience, waiting for the punchline...

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And here's the monologue, with bombs bleeped out...

6 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    To me the important line in this article is this: “ During his opening monologue, notoriously snarky host Ricky Gervais initially commended the show, calling it a “superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing.”

    The audience agreed in uproarious applause,

    Critics can be such retards.

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    January 5, 2020
    • David Drinkwater said:
      “Critics can be such retards.”

      Gervais is not a critic: he is a comedian. That does give him some license to say things that are completely false for the purpose of generating amusement. I certainly won’t lose any sleep over it, but it would have been informative to see Tim Cook’s face in reaction to that comment.

      I think we ship about 90 percent of our die from my factory to internal factories and warehouses in China. Within that arena, I suspect that 65% are outsourced for packaging and then re-internalized for testprobe. We had a major initiative in ~2017 to move much of our production from Mexico to China. The cost of doing business in China is quite low, which was our justification for the changes. Trump certainly complicated that, but it is what it is.

      I am completely convinced that neither we nor Apple are operating any sweatshops in China. I am way more confident of that with Apple, because Apple doesn’t have *any* factories in China, only contracted manufacturers.

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      January 5, 2020
      • Gregg Thurman said:
        Gervais is not a critic: he is a comedian.

        Agreed. My comment was directed at the “critics” that panned The Morning Show. Gervais was a breath of fresh air at a venue overflowing with ass-kissing.

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        January 6, 2020

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