Jon Stewart Black Friday Joke Targets Walmart, Blu-ray4 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Blu-ray’s synonymous relationship with Black Friday gained additional traction when Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” used the high-definition format in a Dec. 2 video skit lampooning the retail holiday’s oft-ignored underbelly.
Showcasing clips past and present of consumer frenzy at stores on Black Friday, Stewart picked on the usual human foibles (greed and exploitation), as well as the holiday’s biggest retail name: Walmart.
Focusing on the fact Walmart’s website temporarily malfunctioned on Black Friday, which didn't stop the retail behemoth from having its best day-after Thanksgiving retail event ever, Stewart used the incident (and others) to highlight the fickleness some put on the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov, the website for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“So, if a website crashes trying to get people healthcare, it is a national travesty, but if Walmart’s site crashes while their stores are filled with people disemboweling each other to get Skyfall on Blu-ray…,” Stewart joked.
Watch the video.