Jon Stewart to Apple: ‘Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one’

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:49 EDT
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Apple promised to save the world from conformity in its famous 1984 advertisement. Following the raid of a blogger that obtained a next generation iPhone, the technology company may now be turning into Big Brother.

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart says Microsoft was supposed to be “the evil one” but Apple has turned into “the man.”

Gizmodo paid $5000 for a fourth generation iPhone that was allegedly left at a bar by an Apple employee. Apple called the phone stolen property leading to the raid of the house of blogger Jason Chen. Police said said several computers and servers were seized because they were suspected of being used as a means of committing a felony.

Gawker Media, who owns Gizmodo, has said that the search warrant was invalid because Chen is a journalist and should be protected by shield laws. To complicate matters, Apple sits on the board of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) task force that raided Chen’s home. Authorities have admitted that the raid came at the request of Apple.

“The cops had to bash in the guy’s door? Don’t they know there’s an app for that?” joked Jon Stewart Wednesday. “The thing about Apple cops they have the coolest tasers,” Stewart said while introducing the “iTazer.”

The Comedy Central host then directed a message directly to the gadget company. “You know I love you guys, right? I love your products. I use them all the time,” he said.

“Apple you were the rebels, the underdogs, people believed in you. Are you becoming the man? Remember back in 1984 you had the awesome ads about overthrowing big brother?” Stewart asked.

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one. But you are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Comandante Gates is ridding the word of mosquitoes. What the f*ck is going on?!” wondered Stewart.

“I know that it is slightly agitating that a blog dedicated to technology published all that stuff about your new phone.” Stewart agreed.

“You didn’t have to go ‘Minority Report’ on his ass. If you want to break down someone’s door why don’t you start with AT&T for god sakes. They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!” he exclaimed.

This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast April 28, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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