Dan Bongino shared a clip of comedian Ricky Gervais roasting Apple CEO Tim Cook “to his face.” Bongino referred to Cook as a lover of the “Chinese Communist Party” and said, “Never forget how epic this was.”
Dan Bongino decided to highlight one portion of Ricky Gervais’s classic Golden Globes monologue. Most remember Gervais blasting celebrities during that 2020 Golden Globes appearance. However, Bongino thought it was important to remind his fans that the British comedian also took aim at Apple CEO Tim Cook. So, the former Secret Service agent uploaded the one-minute clip to Rumble. “Never forget how epic this was,” the Fox News host posted alongside the clip.
Bongino’s reminder came as critics claimed the Apple CEO was suppressing free speech. “As countless entrepreneurs have highlighted, Apple is shameless in their bullying including our recent efforts to help authors sell more audiobooks,” Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek wrote. He wasn’t alone in his sentiments. Elon Musk said, “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?”
Bongino believed this made Gerevais’s roasting of Cook more relevant than ever. “Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show,” Gervais began, looking right at Cook in the video. “A superb drama. About the importance of dignity and doing the right thing. Made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” the comedian continued.
“Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for. It’s unbelievable—Apple, Amazon, Disney,” Gervais declared to the celebrity crowd. “If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent. Wouldn’t you? So, if you do win an award tonight don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything.”
“You know nothing about the real world,” Gervais added. “Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God, and f*** off! OK? So…it’s already three hours long.”
When Gervais was asked to defend his “epic” monologue, he said, “Do I pander to the 200 egos in the room or the 200 million people watching around the world? And there’s no contest. I know what I’m going to say. I’m not there to ruin their night, I’m there to make the people at home, laugh.”
Keeping with the Big Tech theme, Bongino informed his fans about a Google project that his website claimed will impact free speech. “Google Awards $13.2 Million Grant to Left-Wing Fact-Checker,” reads the post. “Google is doubling down on their investment in so-called ‘fact-checking,’ and just announced that together with YouTube (a subsidiary of theirs), they’re awarding a $13.2 million grant to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to help launch a new ‘Global Fact Check Fund.'”
The IFCN was created by PolitiFact founder Bill Adair and launched by the Poynter Institute. “The bias of groups like PolitiFact has long been obvious to those on the political right, and to give just one brief example of an alternate reality that Poynter lives in, they once praised outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki as ‘one of the best press secretaries ever‘ upon her departure,” The Bongino Report added.