Comedian Steve Carell received Saturday night live last night, and Amazon’s announcement of the final selections for its secondary headquarters in Queens, New York and Crystal City, Virginia was the main focus of a sketch. In it, Carell played Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain the real reason those two places clashed: to defeat President Donald Trump.
Carell uses the sketch to paint a picture of Bezos using his company and wealth to try to humiliate Trump: “Sure, he attacked me repeatedly on Twitter, but I chose our new locations because they were ideal for doing business, not just for Donald. Trump think about how I am literally 100 times richer than him. ” He goes on to promote another headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida, right across from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, his 2013 purchase of The Washington Post – featuring a slew of select headlines – and “announces” a new delivery service called Amazon Caravan, in which everything shipped to a Trump-owned building will be delivered by a large group of Honduran immigrants. It is closed by flipping a switch to project an Amazon logo on the White House.
It’s a ridiculous sketch on the nose, but it highlights speculation that the Bezos and Amazon picks were motivated by a desire to hand over a giant middle finger to the president, who has been a frequent critic of Bezos and his company. After the announcement of the site selections, Trump said The daily caller that he felt that while the company was taking the best deals it had, cities were giving up a lot and speculated that it might be a bad decision if Amazon’s fortunes dwindled. For his part, Bezos has criticized the president and his rhetoric, saying it is “dangerous to demonize the media.”