Cupertino heart with Chinese parts
Built by the poor, but designed by the smart
Apple products are designed in Cupertino, California (Apple HQ), but assembled in China at Foxconn’s factories. Lupe uses this formulation in the second verse as well to point out the vast difference between the first-world conditions of the well-paid Apple engineers and the often inhumane treatment of the people who actually put the machines together.
In 2010 there was a huge scandal when it was revealed that the conditions at Foxconn’s factories were so bad that 14 employees committed suicide. So what did Foxconn do? Improve working conditions? No, they made the employees sign a promise not to kill themselves and installed nets outside their windows to catch them if they tried to jump to their death. You just can’t make this shit up.
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