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Ricky Gervais accused Apple of using Chinese sweatshops during his Golden Globe opening speech

Tim Cook at Golden Globes
Tim Cook at Golden Globes (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Ricky Gervais was hosting the 77th Golden Globes.
  • He praised "The Morning Show."
  • But then laid into Apple and other companies.

Last night saw the 77th Golden Globes cause more than a few surprises, one of which was comedian Ricky Gervais calling out Apple and other companies for using "sweatshops in China" after speaking about Apple TV+.

The moment came during Gervais's introduction speech which lasted for almost eight minutes. During the speech, Gervais lashed out at plenty of people, much of it in good humor. But when he turned his attention to Apple, Amazon, and others, he didn't seem to be joking anymore.

Apple rolled into the TV game with a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. So, you say you're woke, but the companies you work for, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you'd call your agent, wouldn't you?If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech. You're not in a position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real-world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f*** off.

You can see the full speech on Twitter, and it's absolutely worth a watch. If only to see Hollywood's elite put in their place for a few minutes.

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To top things off, Apple TV+ didn't win any of the awards it was previously nominated for.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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5 Comments
  • Sometimes the TRUTH hurts. Thanks Ricky for saying what ALOT of us are thinking!
  • Oh, btw, apple TV should'nt have been even nominated. Terrible programing and over priced. OH>....Spoiler ALERT! There is no "accusations". IT's Fact lemmings!
  • Mostly everything Apple is overpriced. As for the programming, there's some good and some bad, Netflix was pretty terrible at the start, Apple have room to grow
  • Gervais should not comment on that which he does not understand. Apple is not responsible for sweatshops in China. This is a global issue that has been going on for over 50 years. China can produce products much more cheaply because they have no labor laws, human rights, or environmental protection laws. It is much more expensive to produce products with these restrictions. The west (including Ricky's UK) keeps buying them because they are cheaper, but this exacerbates the problem. You could include levy tariffs on them to even the discrepancy, but you would have to have the balls to do it.
  • Fail. Apple do not have to use them.
    Who cares who is responsible, that is NOT what Ricky said.