Apple: Officially Humourless HypocritesMikey 12 comments
I find it strange that, while Bill Gates is busy with the noble pursuit of educating children and developing affordable tools to fight malaria, Apple seem to be more interested in securing their reputation as a horde of humourless control Nazis.
Remember those where they poked fun at PC's? They were based mostly on issues experienced by Windows users of yesteryear, and could almost be viewed as technical propaganda. Despite that, and being a Windows user, I found those adverts hilariously funny. The powers that be at Microsoft probably thought the same, or at least you could derive such a conclusion from that fact that they never sent Apple any cease-and-desist orders.
Now let's take a look at this event where USA talk show host Ellen was forced to apologise to Apple on air after she broadcast a funny little sketch which made fun of the iPhone's usability. Apple apparently didn't like that one bit.
Here's the video and apology.
In her own words:
"I thought it was funny. A bunch of people thought it was funny. You know who didn't think it was funny? The people at Apple didn't think it was so funny. They thought that I made it look like it's hard to use, and I just want to say that I'm sorry if I made it look like the iPhone is hard to use. It's not hard to use."
The last time I checked parody and satire aren't things anybody should have to apologise for, even if it's Apple doing the demanding. That aside, how is it Apple are happy to make fun of Microsoft but when somebody makes fun of them they lose their sense of humour?
Update: I got a call from Steve Jobs a few moments ago, and I just wanted to say on a matter completely unrelated to what
he screamed at me we discussed, that I would like to take back any negative comments I made about Apple during this post. I would also like to add that I wholeheartedly support Apple and their dictatorial ethical developer agreements and I also back their decision to not support Flash. There, did I get it right, Steve?