- “South Park” poked fun at Amazon on Wednesday, portraying Jeff Bezos as a sinister, giant-headed supervillain.
- The episode also satirized reports of working conditions at Amazon’s warehouses.
Amazon was the subject of a “South Park” roasting on Wednesday night, with CEO Jeff Bezos portrayed as a giant-brained, telepathic supervillain.
The episode, titled “Unfulfilled” in an apparent reference to Amazon’s fulfillment centres (the name it gives its warehouses), satirized reports of Amazon’s working conditions, as Butters’ father works inside a warehouse.
At one point a montage showed him working to “Sixteen Tons,” a song about working in a coal mine made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s.
Bezos appears as a supervillain with an enormous head who communicates telepathically, resembling the Talosian alien race from “Star Trek.” He intimidates the mayor, threatening repercussions after the town’s Amazon workers go on strike.
Amazon’s working conditions have been portrayed unfavorably by numerous reports. On Wednesday, 24 warehouse workers in New Jersey required treatment at hospitals when an automated machine punctured a 9-ounce can of bear spray, releasing its fumes into the warehouse.
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