Steve Jobs likeness continues to pop up in the most unlikely places. He's been immortalized as a bronze statue in an office park in Hungary, his image was painstakingly recreated in what might be the world's most detailed action figure, and now a Taiwanese commercial making its way around the Internet depicts the recently deceased Apple visionary as a shill for an Android-based tablet called Action Pad.
Oh, the irony!
The man playing Jobs in the commercial is Taiwanese comedian and impersonator Ah-Ken, according to a report in Reuters. The commercial never explicitly uses Jobs name, but Ah-Ken is dressed in Jobs trademark black turtleneck and blue jeans, his hair is a silvery grey, and he's wearing glasses. He's standing on a stage meant to mimic those that Jobs paced across during major Apple announcements and speaking excitedly to an applauding audience. One thing he has that Jobs never had: a halo and wings.
At the end of his talk he says, "Thank God I can play another pad."
Jobs of course hated Android with his whole being. His biographer Walter Isaacson writes that he never saw Jobs as angry as when he was talking about a lawsuit Apple had filed against Android.
After telling Isaacson that he considered Google's Android to be a wholesale ripoff of the iPhone, he said:
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty."
Maybe things change in the afterlife?
Action Electronics, the company that makes the Action Pad along with other electronic gadgets, sees no problem with the advertisement. "Steve Jobs always promoted things that were good for people, Apple products, so his image can also promote other things that are good," a spokeswoman told Reuters. "It's just an impersonator, not Jobs," she said.
The reaction on YouTube has been mixed with commenters vacillating between disgust and amusement, but the video itself is rapidly racking up views.
Image: Screen grab from a Taiwanese commercial for Action Pad that depicts Steve Jobs as a shill for the Android-based tablet. Credit: YouTube