Microsoft stumbles with off-color quip in Norway
In an extraordinary display of entertainment at the Norwegian Developers conference, Microsoft offers a dance routine and rap number with some quite unforgettable lyrics.
Some things are too idiosyncratic to make up. Others, well, you just wouldn't want to make them up.
So this morning I find myself trying to get inside the gray matter of those who created an extraordinary singing and dancing number for last week's Microsoft Developers Conference in Norway.
Microsoft is quite renowned for enjoying the act of stirring its employees and customers to great emotional heights. And this number most certainly had its heights.
I think I am grateful to Geekwire for awakening me to this one-of-a-kind piece. For, as the so-called Azure Girls cavorted on stage, and several monitors displayed the lyrics to a custom-penned, developer-focused rap/dance tune, one particular line surely made many attendees lurch to the upright.
Stop reading now if you don't want your psyche irreversibly damaged by exposure to anatomical terminology. The line was: "'Micro' and 'soft' don't apply to my penis." (Feminists take note: the ever-conscientious Microsoft also included the words "or vagina" in parentheses.)
Naturally, this has already led to a touch of ridicule from the disappointed on Twitter.
It has also led to this comment, from the official Windows Azure team, on the YouTube video that was so inevitably posted (and is embedded below):
This week's Norwegian Developer's Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language. We apologize to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter.
One can only imagine the postmortem that will ensue.
"How can we possibly use such language when we know the prudish Americans only like jokes about violence, but not about sex?" at least one harassed Norwegian executive will no doubt sigh.
"I am troubled by the line's illogic," a software engineer on the committee will add. "The addition of the word 'vagina' simply makes no sense. In fact, it makes the opposite of sense in the attempt at humor."