Microsoft finds a way to create something more offensive than tweet choir

Microsoft certainly knows how to throw a party and also think outside the box when it comes to creating a show at one of its many conferences. In a video posted online yesterday, Microsoft put together (or likely hired an outside firm) to create a song that they used to hype up a conference for developers. 

While the song is certainly innocent enough at the beginning, it quickly goes downhill and includes drug references and says “The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis.” The song has quickly turned in to a Microsoft PR nightmare and the company acted quickly and issued the following statement: 

“This week’s Norwegian Developer’s Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language. We apologize to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter.”

Obviously the company would have liked to avoid such publicity and know that this is an isolated incident and the company is clearly above making penis jokes. With the acutal bit of news out of the way, if you want to call it that, we posted up for you listening pleasure the Tweet Choir presentation at CES. For those that don't remember, this was another on-stage disaster of a different kind for the company, while not vulgar, it was certainly nails on the chalkboard for all of those in attendance. 

The question remains, when comparing the two incidents, which is more offensive?

Source: Geekwire

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they should make a t-shirt with that phrase!

people should stop being so puritan. In biology classes you studied sexual organs or were they blurred out? everyone has one, don't see how come someone got offended by a word.

hooo wait... i'm European.

"i'm a software developer and i'm developing...for the rest of my life" - i know a couple of guys just like that!

incredibly funny and it's supposed to be a joke...I mean "the words MICRO and SOFT don't apply to my PENIS (or vagina)" - LOL

That was nice, that was nice, cheesy but nice. Now whoever complained got their head stuck up their ass so far that Guiness wants to hear about it.

Everyone was so offended that they didnt laugh, stood up and left... oh wait, thats not what happened.
A PR Nightmare? Really? its more like a PR slight hiccup. People need to stop being so over protective. I give them KUDOS for not treating all the people there like mothers of 6year olds.

The only offensive thing about that video was that they spelled genius GENIOUS.

Fail.

Edited by Lee G., Jun 10 2012, 5:51pm :

I don't know what people found wrong with the Tweet Choir. I completely understand it being something right up Ballmer's alley, knowing how eccentric it is. Offensive? What?

I liked it, something original "The words MICRO and SOFT don't apply to my penis." LOL. Too bad they are not sticking up for it (not a penis joke ).

It makes Scooter seem professional. Sure, I'm not offended by penis jokes and drug references fit the musical style. But what doesn't work is... This is Microsoft. The whole setup just felt way too cheap for such a company.

Miuku. said,
I'm offended.. by the song being this incredibly awful.

Who cares about the lyrics but come on..


It's supposed to be awful.

As always, someone got offended by something. I think the world would be a little better without people complaining about being offended. I said this before and I'll say it again: So what if you're offended? Act like an adult and get over it. Don't complain like a child about something that may or may not be relevant to you. It's obvious that the intention of offend someone wasn't there. It's a video intended for developers. And judging by the video, it was entertaining and funny enough to make a couple of people laugh.

Anaron said,
As always, someone got offended by something. I think the world would be a little better without people complaining about being offended. I said this before and I'll say it again: So what if you're offended? Act like an adult and get over it. Don't complain like a child about something that may or may not be relevant to you. It's obvious that the intention of offend someone wasn't there. It's a video intended for developers. And judging by the video, it was entertaining and funny enough to make a couple of people laugh.

I've always said anyone that gets "offended" are just drama queens. Drives me up the wall..

I, as a developer, found the video to be great. I don't know, whether the people who seem to act as being offended are devs or not, but this performance was clearly intended for developers. I personally feel that it's awesome, that Microsoft tries to do these things, because it shows that Microsoft really cares and is willing to go the extra mile.

Jan Kratochv said,
I, as a developer, found the video to be great. I don't know, whether the people who seem to act as being offended are devs or not, but this performance was clearly intended for developers. I personally feel that it's awesome, that Microsoft tries to do these things, because it shows that Microsoft really cares and is willing to go the extra mile.

Or they're cheapening themselves to appeal to a larger audience?

If they acutally cared, they could've come up with something a thousand times better and more entertaining than that.

It's like at E3 and having that rapper on stage...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Seriously, get Steve down from the CEO spot, seems his turning everyone like himself already.

or people really need to get down of their high horse, get the stick of their ass that's so far jammed up that it blocks them from loosening their tie.

Why does everything have to be dead serious? have you ever been to a conference like this? they usually start of with things like this, also called a kickoff.

morphen said,

or people really need to get down of their high horse, get the stick of their ass that's so far jammed up that it blocks them from loosening their tie.

Why does everything have to be dead serious? have you ever been to a conference like this? they usually start of with things like this, also called a kickoff.

Who said anything about being dead serious? Sure, have fun, with your friends.

These kind of things are a bit more formal, everyone there is a grownup, start acting like one.

Not offended, but what the **** :\

How did they think that was going to appeal to the crowd D: The entire crowd was like: "What the **** just happened?"

wtf. this whole internet twitter facebook crap has got to stop. people are intentionally looking for something to call offensive so they can go on twitter and write about it and act like they are offended. its a ****in joke if you ask me.

i dont see anything wrong with that presentation. it was pretty funny and the song was catchy. people are just pathetic.

vcfan said,
wtf. this whole internet twitter facebook crap has got to stop. people are intentionally looking for something to call offensive so they can go on twitter and write about it and act like they are offended. its a ****in joke if you ask me.

i dont see anything wrong with that presentation. it was pretty funny and the song was catchy. people are just pathetic.


Agreed. This overly PC nonsense is ridiculous. I think people ARE going out of their way to feign offense just for the attention at this point and it goes well beyond this video.

virtorio said,
Offensive? No.
Awful in every other way? Yes.

Exactly. The author is terrible for stating that this is "offensive" and claiming drug references, when he couldn't actually point out any.

This is Neowin after all, and my expectations have continued to drop.

andrewbares said,
... when he couldn't actually point out any...

Eh? You obviously didn't watch it as there were loads of drug references. They weren't offensive though, the whole thing was obviously meant to be a bit silly, it ended up embarrassing.

Martin5000 said,

Eh? You obviously didn't watch it as there were loads of drug references. They weren't offensive though, the whole thing was obviously meant to be a bit silly, it ended up embarrassing.

Give them a break, they didn't even know how to spell ecstasy!

Pull out an actual quote, because all I could see is "and coding is my drug" or whatever. That's not a drug reference.

Plus, a news article is supposed to take an unbiased approach. A GOOD author would have said "A few people found Microsoft's song and dance to be offensive", not "it quickly goes downhill" as if it's a fact.

Neowin has some terrible authors. FACT. A real news company certainly wouldn't hire this author lol

The Norweigen dev song sounds like something that came from scooter. If you do not know them, this might might. The intro song to Bruno.

I thought it was funny. It's not offensive at all. People need to grow up.

Now the Tweet Choir... I couldn't make it through the whole video.

rfirth said,
I thought it was funny. It's not offensive at all. People need to grow up.

Now the Tweet Choir... I couldn't make it through the whole video.

Now just imagine watching the tweet choir live, where the only option is mute or close

Here is the thing... The fact most people at that conference have at least a few gigs of porn somewhere means nothing except this is feaking mild stuff.

As an American with a Norwegian fiancé I travel there sometimes and the feel in Europe is not like the USA. They don't censor the hack out of everything. I watched American tv without all the bleeps and bs I put up with back home.

I assume being a Norwegian conference meant it was in Norway so why is MS apologizing over it? American company or not, it's a whole different culture there.

The point of "we are so sorry" from companies over bs shows people need to stop being so up tight.

Holoshed said,
Here is the thing... The fact most people at that conference have at least a few gigs of porn somewhere means nothing except this is feaking mild stuff.

As an American with a Norwegian fiancé I travel there sometimes and the feel in Europe is not like the USA. They don't censor the hack out of everything. I watched American tv without all the bleeps and bs I put up with back home.

I assume being a Norwegian conference meant it was in Norway so why is MS apologizing over it? American company or not, it's a whole different culture there.

The point of "we are so sorry" from companies over bs shows people need to stop being so up tight.


You are so right. Everybody has their panties in a twist all the time here in the US, it's like that in the UK as well. Go to Norway or anything like that and you can watch the weather presented by naked chicks lol.

Chris123NT said,

You are so right. Everybody has their panties in a twist all the time here in the US, it's like that in the UK as well. Go to Norway or anything like that and you can watch the weather presented by naked chicks lol.

Dude that's nothing. I was in a German hotel room flipping channels and I was like holy crap the sex line ads here rock. Naked girls instead of some chick in a Walmart night gown rubbing her hand on her neck!

what in the world did I just watch?

The only funny bit was the "MICRO" "SOFT" bit, the rest was just an attack on my eyes and ears.

Andrew Lyle said,
what in the world did I just watch?

I liked the whole thing - the MICRO & SOFT thing was funny - what politically correct morons think otherwise?

The tweet choir was as boring as bat****. - I skipped over most of it looking for any decent bits, but failed to find anything remotely entertaining.

dvb2000 said,

I liked the whole thing - the MICRO & SOFT thing was funny - what politically correct morons think otherwise?

The tweet choir was as boring as bat****. - I skipped over most of it looking for any decent bits, but failed to find anything remotely entertaining.

I agree, it seems all tongue in cheek tbh, and while immensely cringe worthy I get the feeling it was supposed to be. Also I think the PC brigade would have more of a field day with all the drug references that a snippet about a penis

dvb2000 said,
I liked the whole thing - the MICRO & SOFT thing was funny - what politically correct morons think otherwise?

The tweet choir was as boring as bat****. - I skipped over most of it looking for any decent bits, but failed to find anything remotely entertaining.


It doesn't have to do with being politically correct, it has to do with being professional. While you're viewing these videos as someone on the internet who's browsing for jollies, this event (and others like it) were not made to be random entertainment. While the outcry over the "tweet choir" seemed a bit overblown, the language and references in this video have no place in a professional setting and are unbecoming of a serious corporation.

Ledgem said,

It doesn't have to do with being politically correct, it has to do with being professional. While you're viewing these videos as someone on the internet who's browsing for jollies, this event (and others like it) were not made to be random entertainment. While the outcry over the "tweet choir" seemed a bit overblown, the language and references in this video have no place in a professional setting and are unbecoming of a serious corporation.

Inflated and restrictive notion of 'Professional'. You do realize assigning ANY structure or standards to professionalism is highly subjective and meaningless outside of each individuals head that wants to find offense in things they do no like already.

This is where you false sense of self importance and morality fails you in your choice of terminology...

A hooker in Nevada is a 'professional' by law and standards, so therefore, going to a hooker in Nevada is fine, but if you go to a hooker in LA you are sad and non-professional.


The other thing you DO NOT get is the cultural and language difference that has been dismissed.

This was in a country were these are not inherently offensive words nor was the contextual reference offensive due to certain sexual liberties that prudish countries like the USA are locked into.

This can also go the other way, based on the culture, where you can find societies around the world that would find this offensive because Women's legs can be seen, which ALSO IS NOT PROFESSIONAL in these places.

Let me test this cultural 'professionalism' theory...

Gek kloot!

(Weird, how unprofessional of Neowin to have allowed me to use a profane word.)

Go inflict your ignorance and morality on people that want your authoritarian thinking.

Ledgem said,

It doesn't have to do with being politically correct, it has to do with being professional. While you're viewing these videos as someone on the internet who's browsing for jollies, this event (and others like it) were not made to be random entertainment. While the outcry over the "tweet choir" seemed a bit overblown, the language and references in this video have no place in a professional setting and are unbecoming of a serious corporation.

You do realize of course that the purpose of the video was not as some sort of consumer facing PR video, right?

Not to mention that these sorts of meetings tend to be FULL of tongue in cheek stuff like this in order to cut the stuffyness a bit...

thenetavenger said,

Inflated and restrictive notion of 'Professional'. You do realize assigning ANY structure or standards to professionalism is highly subjective and meaningless outside of each individuals head that wants to find offense in things they do no like already.

This is where you false sense of self importance and morality fails you in your choice of terminology...

A hooker in Nevada is a 'professional' by law and standards, so therefore, going to a hooker in Nevada is fine, but if you go to a hooker in LA you are sad and non-professional.


The other thing you DO NOT get is the cultural and language difference that has been dismissed.

This was in a country were these are not inherently offensive words nor was the contextual reference offensive due to certain sexual liberties that prudish countries like the USA are locked into.

This can also go the other way, based on the culture, where you can find societies around the world that would find this offensive because Women's legs can be seen, which ALSO IS NOT PROFESSIONAL in these places.

Let me test this cultural 'professionalism' theory...

Gek kloot!

(Weird, how unprofessional of Neowin to have allowed me to use a profane word.)

Go inflict your ignorance and morality on people that want your authoritarian thinking.

Wow, that's a sassy kitten! I ought to wash your haughty, filthy mouth. I don't see anything wrong with expecting a bit of decorum from a well-respected company...if this had taken place in the U.S.