South Park Does Steve Jobs Tonight, Looks Promising
Historically, it’s not exactly been an honor to make a cameo on South Park. Just ask Barbara Streisand, immortalized as MechaStreisand, a giant malevolent robot that hid a special crystal in its giant nose.
Or ask Ben Affleck, who was depicted in a love-act with an 8-year-old’s hand-puppet that he thought was current girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Or more recently, Britney Spears’ cameo involved her attempting suicide but surviving as a disfigured, headless monster.
So Steve Jobs can’t be too thrilled that he is the focus of the season premiere of South Park, airing tonight on Comedy Central.
In this sneak peak of the upcoming episode we find Jobs’ in his trademark black turtleneck, introducing his newest creation, the HumancentiPad. He lauds the new invention as “a new product that will once again revolutionize the way we use our phones and tablet devices.” Video is NSFW due to unsavory references.
This bit is clearly a reference to last year’s underground hit horror film, The Human Centipede. No need for me to go into details about it. If you haven’t seen it, Google it. Be careful, however.
The last time Mr. Jobs appeared on South Park, he was a featured guest at the premiere of Mr. Garrison’s new transportation device, the “IT.” The IT operated by two strategically placed metal rods…just check out the video below. If you haven’t guessed, it’s also NSFW.
Job’s company Apple has been in the news recently. Two data scientists discovered a file in iOS devices that stores users’ location data. It took Apple over a week to respond, but they finally did this morning in a press release.
Today, Jobs himself responded to the tracking issue in an interview with All Things D’s Mobilized. He reiterated what Apple’s release said earlier, that they weren’t tracking anyone.
“We haven’t been tracking anyone,” Jobs said in a telephone interview with Mobilized on Wednesday. “The files they found on these phones, as we explained, it turned out were basically files we have built through anonymous, crowdsourced information that we collect from the tens of millions of iPhones out there.”
“As new technology comes into the society there is a period of adjustment and education,” Jobs said. “We haven’t–as an industry–done a very good job educating people, I think, as to some of the more subtle things going on here. As such, (people) jumped to a lot of wrong conclusions in the last week.”
It’s a good thing he responded, as the public’s concern continues to grow about the tracking issue. The recent privacy concern is most likely too recent to be a part of tonight’s South Park episode, but who knows. Those guys are crafty. I can see it now:
Unencrypted geo-logging is bad, mmmmmmkay.