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SNL Mocks iPhone 5 Complaints

Submitted by on October 14, 2012 – 4:07 pm3 Comments

Tech blogging and sketch comedy don’t normally have a lot of overlap, but Saturday Night Live bridged the two cultish worlds last night with a hilarious bit skewing the sometimes inane complaints about the iPhone 5. When a panel of (fictional) tech bloggers are confronted by the exploited Chinese laborers who make their products, the first-world complaints about sun glare and phone heft seem pretty unimportant in comparison:

While tech commercials and Apple fanboys have been common targets for some time now, I can’t ever remember device reviews being fodder for comedy. The blogs depicted seem to be taking it in stride, with CNET and Gizmodo gleefully acknowledging their fake correspondents and their occasional tendency to focus on the details.

Several commentors have noted the exaggerated, even offensive Asian accents used for the factory workers; indeed, I think it’s quite distracting, which is a shame, because the sketch would have been just as funny without them. The premise wasn’t about ethnic behavior (cough cough like many SNL sketches cough cough), but about first world problems- and the ballsy indignation of people with real problems. A traditional sarcasm dance? That’s funny in any language.

What do you think about the sketch? Do people complain about the iPhone 5 too much?

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