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Ellen DeGeneres Made Apple Angry With Fake Ad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 74 comments

The other day, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres poked fun at the iPhone with her own spoof commercial for the 3GS. Unfortunately, Apple didn't exactly take it well.

Ellen DeGeneres Monday aired a spoof advertisement for the iPhone in which the talk-show host demonstrated how the touchscreen makes it very easy to accidentally launch the wrong apps or send text messages you hadn't finished typing.

However, it looks like the powers that be at Apple didn't find the joke funny. Yesterday, Ellen apologised for the video and explained that Apple had said her sketch made it look like the iPhone was hard to use. Ms. DeGeneres said she was sorry if it came across that way and assured audience members that she's a huge fan of Apple:

"I have an iPhone, Portia [De Rossi] has an iPhone. I just learned how to text on an iPhone; it's the only phone that I can text on and I love it. I love my iPad, I love my iPod. I love iHop if you have anything to do with that. So everybody at Apple, Steve Jobs, Mr. Macintosh, I apologize."

Check out the ad, along with Ellen's apology, below.

Apple Responds to Ellen's iPhone Commercial (HQ)

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    Glorian , May 6, 2010 12:21 AM
    But it's ok for Apple to have "real" comercials that have false information. Hypocrisy at its best.
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    spunkymunky , May 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    Jobs threatened to raid her house and take all electronics if she didn't apologize.
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    skine , May 6, 2010 12:37 AM
    I'm not sure which is worse:

    Apple complaining about a joke or Ellen apologizing for it.
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  • 31 Hide
    phoenix777 , May 6, 2010 12:19 AM
    I don't like Apple, but I like their products, o.O
    and they need to learn how to take a joke and have a sense of humor.
  • 54 Hide
    Glorian , May 6, 2010 12:21 AM
    But it's ok for Apple to have "real" comercials that have false information. Hypocrisy at its best.
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    klavis , May 6, 2010 12:22 AM
    well to be fair, texting with a touch pad is harder than a keypad. It takes time to get used to and I still can't text on a touch screen without having to look at the screen. This isn't just an apple problem though.
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    cobra5000 , May 6, 2010 12:27 AM
    The best part about it is that she ends up playing the fake commercial two days in a row. Nice job!
  • 29 Hide
    Hellbound , May 6, 2010 12:29 AM
    Hey Apple.. Learn how to take a @#!%ing joke!!!! They are getting stupid in how they react to anything these days.
  • 38 Hide
    spunkymunky , May 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    Jobs threatened to raid her house and take all electronics if she didn't apologize.
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    Marco925 , May 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    This commercial is way more accurate than the real ones.
  • 28 Hide
    orionantares , May 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    Incoming raid on Ellen's home and show studio.
  • 36 Hide
    skine , May 6, 2010 12:37 AM
    I'm not sure which is worse:

    Apple complaining about a joke or Ellen apologizing for it.
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    babybeluga , May 6, 2010 12:42 AM
    Ellen is generally funnier than that =/ That's right, I watch it sometimes!
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    zaam , May 6, 2010 1:21 AM
    When I watched the clip, I thought it was mildly amusing, but I never once thought "zomg! The iPhone looks so complicated, I'm scared to buy one now."

    Apple's over reacting. It's not like their sales will drop 100% because of this skit.
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    mrhappy50 , May 6, 2010 1:25 AM
    she loves her ipad. lol
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    hotroderx , May 6, 2010 1:25 AM
    Question how is this Different from the I am a PC and I am a Mac Commercials WAIT i know ha ha they made Mac Look good my bad LMAO
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    lamorpa , May 6, 2010 1:30 AM
    It is too bad Ellen couldn't say what we would like to say to 'Apple' in this situation: Bite my big fat bone, get a life and a sense of humor, and shut up.
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    Camikazi , May 6, 2010 1:31 AM
    TA152HOK, the trained monkeys were told Apple did something bad, so away they post anti-Apple stuff! It's pathetic how easily people here are manipulated.I don't blame Apple at all. A lot of people watch that show, and it definitely presented the product in a very negative way. For some housewife who doesn't really know that much about technology, it could easily have an impact. If I were at Apple, I wouldn't like it either. I don't know that complaining about it is a great idea though, it can garner more negative publicity than the original, and then Ellen, in obvious passive-aggressive defiance, showed it again, and mentioned IHOP to make it clear she was just avoiding problems, and perhaps not earnest in her apology. The "commercial" is really lame, anyway. It's not funny.But, it's Apple, so the trained monkeys get manipulated once more by their trainer, to post anti-Apple stuff and it makes them feel better. It's really sad.

    You mean like the misinformation that could impact PC companies in the PC vs Mac commercials? And that wasn't just a fake show once commercial, it was a series of commercials that ran for years, with each and ever one of them spreading misinformation, without Apple ever apologizing. Regardless of what you may think, there is a reason Apple get so much hate on forums, they are a bunch of hypocrites, they can do whatever they want, spread lies about anyone and no one can say anything, but the second someone does the same to them they start bitching and moaning.
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    Nuke_Meltdown , May 6, 2010 1:33 AM
    She is attacking the most important thing Apple care about, "Their Image". Apple doesn't care you frying an iPad on YouTube or blending an iPhone. As long as they can pursue their goal and the marketing machine is at full throttle...That's all they need...
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