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Saturday Night Live parodies industry take on Steve Jobs

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon October 24, 2011

Netflix, Facebook, News Corp. take flak

A Saturday Night Live dress rehearsal sketch, now online, satirizes industry reactions to the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Executives from many companies were quick to praise Jobs in the days immediately after Apple's formal announcement. The SNL sketch jokes, though, that many corporate heads claim to admire Jobs without actually understanding what makes Apple products work.

The segment uses a Charlie Rose roundtable as a backdrop. "Mr. Jobs taught me that you could bring beauty to the world of technology. He wanted his products to be works of art that were both efficient and elegant," says the fictional version of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at one point. "And how do you apply that elegance to" asks Rose. "Oh, I don't. Not at all. started off as a simple, user-friendly website, but now it's just a mess. It's covered in ad and invites from local bands. Like the bulletin board at an annoying coffee shop," Zuckerberg responds.

Other targets in the sketch include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. "Steve Jobs used new media to make the world a better place, and I use old media to make it a much, much worse one," the parody Murdoch says.

by MacNN Staff



  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't think so, MacNN

    "...says the fictional version of Facebook CEO Steve Jobs at one point."

    Don't think Jobs was ever head of Facebook. How about, Zuckerberg?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The rest of the world doesn't have Hulu. Too bad we can't see it.

  1. facebook_Sam

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    Joined: Oct 2011


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    Wow, that was so not funny. It was very respectful of Steve Jobs and gushed over his accomplishments (as it should), but they forgot to add the funny parts when they were writing it.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh no!

    the rest of the world missed the fake arianna? too bad!

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