Saturday Night Live takes on iPhone 5 criticism

 

NBC's Saturday Night Live took on the criticism of Apple's iPhone 5 in a skit yesterday, pitting fictional tech journalists against "Chinese peasants" who manufacture the smartphone.

Yesterday's skit featured fictional journalists from CNET, Gizmodo and Wired Magazine discussing the flaws and glitches in the iPhone 5 in a panel on a technology show. The journalists all cited many of the flaws with the phone, such as the problems with Apple Maps and issues with the phone's camera creating a purple haze on pictures that include the sun.

The show's host, however, soon made the journalists uncomfortable by bringing in three Chinese workers who create the phone – clearly a spoof of Foxconn's poor treatment of its employees. The workers compare the journalists' complaints to their own living situations, which they sarcastically state are clearly equivalent problems.

Source: Saturday Night Live

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Guam makes products that are labelled "Made in USA".

Anyway, boycott all products made in China. Support Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand... just avoid China.

IF YOU BUY ANY PRODUCT that doesn't say 1) made in USA 2) made in Canada 3) made in Japan 4) made in Germany 5) and a few mainstream others then you are basically supporting the SAME work conditions that you are criticizing Foxconn for. Research will help you get get through this tough time of learning the truth. While you are whining, you should stop wearing your clothes, using your microwave, toaster, TV, computer, laptop, heaters etc, etc,, all most any product in the world has Chinese parts made by Chinese labor just like (worse in most cases) the ones you are crying about.

ww79 said,
Not funny. Ironic, it was my friend in China that was bitching to me about the maps.

I bet your "friend in china" is not a peasant worker but someone who so happens to be well off and lives in china.

nickcruz said,

I bet your "friend in china" is not a peasant worker but someone who so happens to be well off and lives in china.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Pretty funny, especially the jab at US exports.

Not really funny, but decently funny. But the US exports part was definitely good.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
and SNL is a major FAIL!!!!! they and the rest of the tv people just pour on so much love on Apple and leave Nokia and others in the cold. idiots

I don't think you got it . . .

farmeunit said,

I don't think you got it . . .

I get it they're saying that none of the complaints about the iPhone are really legitimate and that everyone should just shut up about a faulty product from Apple. Just the typical circling of the wagons around Apple when they screw up badly or when they ripoff their pathetically devoted customers.

The fact that the maps don't work well is not a minor complaint and that the case starts flaking off, scuffing and scratching just by breathing on it is poor craftsmanship.

I sort of agree with the sentiment in the skit, "stop complaining," but take it to the next logical step -- "and get something better instead."

Apple is a major sponsor of SNL so obviously they are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.. Same with Jimmy Fallon, he's funny and I like his show, but enough with the product placements already.. ;^}

Ezekiel Carsella said,
they and the rest of the tv people just pour on so much love on Apple

I don't think that was love. They were nailing Apple pretty hard on both the conditions workers live in and all the failings of the iPhone 5.

If they were saying "stop complaining", it's only to stop complaining about the flaws in the iPhone and start complaining about how the workers who build them are exploited.

This isn't a very flattering skit at all.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
and SNL is a major FAIL!!!!! they and the rest of the tv people just pour on so much love on Apple and leave Nokia and others in the cold. idiots

I think you missed the point here...they are commenting on "1st world problems" which are nothing compared to what the workers are facing in China.