A group of Taiwanese animators recently put together a video that jumps to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) video’s defense in what they believe has been a coordinated attack on the Cupertino giant by China and its media outlets. China has repeatedly been accused of favoring Chinese companies in the smartphone war, and why wouldn’t they? Those “private” companies are in effect owned by the Chinese government. Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE to name a few, are viewed by many as in the back pocket of the Chinese government. The animators used the tragedy of two alleged Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone electrocutions to mock CCTV and the Chinese government for its handling of the affair.
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There is very little subtlety to the satirical video that animators from different companies worked on together and released this week.
“Suspicious much?” the animators ask. “Apple’s image troubles in China, from its warranty policies to concerns over product safety, have caused it to take the unprecedented step of offering heavily discounted genuine chargers to win over Chinese customers after fake chargers were linked to electrocutions.”
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The animators then shift the scene to a fake Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) store, selling fake models of the iPhone 6, the Apple Store’s logo then falls from the facade striking a bystander on the sidewalk as two policemen look the other way. Well, maybe a little bit of subtlety as they take a swipe at China’s record on fake goods.
Huawei, in particular, along with Lenovo have been criticized over the years as spies for the Chinese government. The video shifts to a Huawei phone user, shaking an enormous listening device out of his handset.
It then states, “China’s state TV and press have lined up to wage a smear campaign against Apple, and have scared customers to build support for domestic phone brands including Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi,” and this is where all subtlety exits stage left as the video moves to CCTV presenters throwing feces at their audience.
“In response,” the video’s narrator states, “Apple has tried to appease customers in its second biggest market first with apologies for perceived poor customer service and now cheap chargers to mitigate the harm from the rumored and unverified cases of electrocution, even though their products have not been found to be responsible.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) video roasts China on fake charger
Because the elocutionist is funny, the animation moves to a user prepared to swap a third-party charger only to be electrocuted by a child with a mobile phone.
“Apple’s name has already been tarnished by false reports and deliberate misinformation,” the video states. “The Chinese government seems intent on getting people to use local brands as it transitions its economy to one based on domestic consumption and take its companies worldwide.”
Finally, the video shows a panda sporting a PRC hat, while men in Huawei and LTE shirts revive an electrocuted woman with their non-Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) phones.
It’s quite the piece of satire.