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It looks like Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou may have just stuck his foot in his mouth again.While meeting with a group of his employees this week who had won a company contest, Gou reportedly made some surprising comments in response to recent criticisms that Foxconn operates like a sweatshop.
“People are calling us sweatshops. What’s wrong with sweatshops?” Gou said, according to a translation of his statements found on CultofMac.com. “All farmers sweat before they harvest!”
As CultofMac points out, the quote likely sounds worse in translation than Gou actually intended it to. Clearly, he’s trying to fight back against his critics by arguing there’s nothing wrong with hard work.
That said, this isn’t the first time that Gou has been quoted as saying something controversial. Earlier this year, Gou came under fire for referring to Foxconn’s employees as “one million animals,“