Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne has condemned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for making jokes about Canadian rock band Nickelback, and said that his comment encourages bullying. In the promotional video for his robot-butler Jarvis, Zuck made a punchline, which Lavigne thought was jab “in poor taste” at the band. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
To recall the joke, Zuckerberg asks Jarvis to play him “some good Nickelback songs.” “I’m sorry, Mark, I can’t do that,” Jarvis replies. “There are no good Nickelback songs.” That’s it. That’s the whole joke. But clearly the joke wasn’t taken well by the former spouse of Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger, and Lavigne had a visceral takedown issuing a post on Twitter. The singer used none other than Apple’s Notes app, to jot down a scolding message to Zuckerberg. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Lavigne pointed out that Zuckerberg being ‘Zuckerberg’, his opinion and his words are noticed by his millions of followers. So, when even in his “musical opinion” he takes a jab at Nickelback, he is an the end of the day “promoting bullying”. She even tried to validate her point with a couple of really long hashtags like #NickelbackHasSoldOver50MillionAlbums. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) December 23, 2016
While Lavigne attempted to discourage what she think is bullying, social media really ended up mocking both Lavigne and the rock band Nickelback. (If you see, it kind of proved her point, but only after she actually brought the entire joke in light). Here’s how social media has been supporting Zuckerberg on Twitter after Lavigne’s comment.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) December 23, 2016
— Hellberg (@HellbergMusic) December 23, 2016
— Onision (@Onision) December 23, 2016
— Chris Saint (@saintpiercing) December 23, 2016
@AvrilLavigne A) Stop B) You literally just bullied Mark back
— Troy Osinoff (@yo) December 23, 2016
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a personal challenge to build a Jarvis-style AI to run his home. And just earlier this week, he gave a little sneak-peek of his robot-butler to the world in a video post on Facebook. Soon after that, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also put up a video showing Jarvis in action. The short video showed how the AI system was able to control the lighting, temperature, open doors, entertain Zuckerberg’s daughter Max, and even control a t-shirt cannon. What’s more, Jarvis converses in the soothing voice of Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman.
Zuck revealed how he spent over 100 hours this year in coding Jarvis, and the near two-minute video is a run through of some of the tasks the AI butler can do. The video starts off by showing how Jarvis wakes up Zuck and immediately informs him of the weather, the day’s agenda and on his daughter’s whereabouts. Jarvis is then shown helping Zuck get ready by shooting his trademark grey t-shirt through a cannon, making toasts, and playing the family’s favorite songs.