Saturday night live is known for its risqué comedy, and its latest sketch a “tech talk” on the iPhone 5 proved no exception.
Parodying the tech press, SNL hosted a pseudo panel of “experts” to discuss their extreme disappointment about the failings of Apple’s iPhone 5.
“Everyone knows that Apple maps has been a total disaster and since there is no Google maps app yet, I’ve been forced to use Google maps in my browser, which is significantly slower,” said the parody Cnet journalist, only to garner the sympathetic, “Oh, what a nightmare!” response from the host.
“I’m just upset about the camera, every time I point it straight at the sun there’s a very slight purplish hue in all of my photos, what is that?!” adds the lampoon Wired reporter.
“Exactly! That is unacceptable!” the host chimes in.
“The bottom line is, it’s just too thin and too light. I mean, I know we asked for a phone that was lighter and thinner, but, this is ridiculous, I mean, I feel like I’m holding three pieces of paper stapled together, not a smartphone,” said the caricatured Gizmodo reporter.
“Wow, that must be so hard to deal with,” acknowledges the host.
“I mean, it’s a real struggle, whoever built these iPhones, I don’t know what they were thinking…” says mock Gizmodo guy, before SNL’s panel host says,
“Yeah… let’s ask them.”
Cue the appearance of three actors playing Chinese peasant laborers.
“Apple maps, it no work, right? You want Starbucks it take you to Dunkin’ Donuts? Dat must be so hard for you!” sneers one.
“Oh yeah, you want Macy, it take you to JCPenny? Awwww, how you deal with that?” adds another. “I guess we just lucky, we don’t need map because we sleep where we work,” says the third.
And so the satire continues.
“You upset with bug in new phone? I sleep in communal bunk bed with 100 stranger, lice are best bug I get. Best!” says the first laborer before saying that the journalists are right, there are legitimate complaints and they should air them. To the tune of a “sad Chinese violin” and the mime of a “traditional sarcastic dance.”
The real stinger, however, comes at the end of the clip when the host asks,
“Finally, would you guys like to complain about an American product?”
“Hmmmm, that’s a good question, let’s see, what does America make?” ask the laborers, before adding, “Does Diabetes count as a product?”
Funny? Offensive? Too close to the bone? What are your thoughts on the SNL clip? Let me know in the comment box below.
Tremendously funny, and sad at the same time. The truth does hurt. We are a nation of complainers.
The real humor is that the skit pits American "journalists" (whom I'm sure that Dilbert would put in the same boat as Marketing people) against exploited Chinese workers. No contest.
If an engineer complained, it would be for good reasons. Real design problems. A real engineer wouldn't think about complaining to the assembler unless they didn't follow the procedures.
If someone didn't think the skit were funny, I would be interested in the explanation. There would be some real humor there.
Satire, the greatest American export EVER!
Yes the truth hurts, but if you are so stuckup you can't have a good laught, then I go nothing for you.
Lets see someone in China complain about anything. You will find them chained to a workbench somewhere building I-Phones.
Just my opinion.
Hilariuos !!! I had a great chuckle, specially the chineese violin bit ... pricelsss... I anyone gets offended over this comedy skit, they need to take note of each action We take to make USA even more dependent on Chinese imports.
Sylvie, thank you for the reflection piece, I missed this episode, and enjoyed the relevance on this forum... Keep up the great work you do.
Very funny. It's along the lines of the Internet meme "First world problems." Search for it and enjoy lots along these lines.
We really do need to lighten up and remember what's really important now and then. I really like my Android phone, but the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade was more of a down grade as far as I'm concerned. I have complained about that.
But how long ago was it that I had to carry around a big tabloid size map book in order to get good coverage of the state? How long ago was it that I had to have a computer to get my email? And, how long ago was it that I actually had to use a pen or pencil and paper in order to communicate?
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