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Ricky Gervais Slams Apple At Golden Globes Over Working Conditions

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Apple received the worst of Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais’ remarks during his much-talked-about opening monologue on Sunday, 6th January 2020.


Gervais, hosting the award ceremony for the fifth and final time, criticised the company’s working conditions.


He is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, film producer, director and musician. Ricky is popular for the TV series The Office and the movie, Night at the Museum.


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Ricky Gervais slams Apple at the Golden Globes 2020. Photo: Paul Drinkwater.


Gervais lashed out at the company:


“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China”.


Apple chief executive Tim Cook had attended the show as well.


The British comedian also condemned those in the audience who had worked with large companies such as Apple and Amazon.


Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen also called out Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg in a jibe of his own.

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The comedian said while presenting an award for which the film, Jojo Rabbit had been nominated:


“The hero of this next movie is a naive, misguided child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends,


“His name is Mark Zuckerberg.”

Apple, Amazon exceeded its standards in hiring temporary staffs

Apple had also received criticism in 2019. This was after a report by a campaign group described an iPhone factory’s working conditions in China as illegal.


Foxconn, an Apple partner, was not giving workers bonuses. Instead, employees worked overtime. Meanwhile, the company hired too many temporary workers according to the report.


Which is against Chinese law that mandates that only 10% of a company’s workforce can be temporary.


Apple later admitted that the number of temporary staff “exceeded its standards”. However, it denied other claims.


Similar claims were also leveled against Amazon. The company said it would carry out an investigation on the number of teenage interns working long hours to manufacture Echo devices.


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