Congress isn't the only one giving Apple a hard time; the popular animated sitcom South Park is also taking aim at the popular tech company.
In a recent episode, titled HUMANCENTiPAD, one of the main characters, Kyle Broflovski, is tracked and kidnapped by Apple employees after he buys an iPad. The Apple employees say he agreed to the recent iTunes terms and conditions, which allow them to test a new product out using Kyle as a guinea pig.
The product is the HUMANCENTiPAD. In the episode, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is shown introducing the new product in his traditional black turtleneck and jeans garb, using some of his familiar phrases. Instead of a traditional electronics device, Jobs introduces Kyle and two others attached to each other's private areas, much like victims in the movie The Human Centipede. At one end of the HUMANCENTiPAD is an iPad and at the other end is an iPhone.
The episode tackles a few other tech-related subjects including the Genius Bar at Apple stores and some of the iPad's competitor tablets. One of the main characters, Eric Cartman, gets angry when his mom offers to buy him the Toshiba Handibook, instead of an iPad.
In the episode, Jobs is portrayed in a negative light and Apple is shown as a company that tracks everyone's every move. In fact at one point, there is a map in the Apple headquarters that says, Where everybody in the world is right now.
In real life, Apple says it doesn't track anyone and Jobs has personally responded to questions about his company's ethics. However, Apple has faced intense scrutiny from regulators and congressmen in the U.S. and abroad.
The episode was the 15th season premiere for South Park. The show has a long history of poking fun at topical subjects.
Below is a clip from the episode.
Credit: South Park
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