Ari Melber Blasts Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Cartoon Body Tour’ of Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico


Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the hurricane-ravaged areas of Puerto Rico to show off and promote the social media platform’s Spaces app and virtual reality capabilities. Along with Facebook’s head of social virtual reality Rachel Franklin, Zuckerberg “toured” the flooded streets of the decimated island and live-streamed the whole thing. Zuckerberg later apologized for the video after it was condemned for being tasteless and tone-deaf.

At the end of today’s broadcast of MSNBC’s The Beat, host Ari Melber put Zuckerberg on blast for the stunt. Playing a clip of Zuckerberg saying — via a cartoon avatar — that he could get a sense of the damage in Puerto Rico, Melber offered up a sharp rebuttal.

“Can you though?” Melber asked. “Does this cartoon body tour of Puerto Rico come close to feeling even an hour of what people are really going through there?”

The MSNBC host went on to feature more portions of Zuckerberg’s video while reading off comments from a number of people who ripped the VR tour. He then showed Zuckerberg and Franklin deciding they should go ahead and teleport back to California after the wrapped up their “trip.”

“Hey Mark, you know who can’t teleport to California?” Melber exclaimed. “The 3.5 million Americans fighting to survive in Puerto Rico, struggling to get water or electricity.”

He continued, “And Mark, next time you ‘visit’ Puerto Rico to demonstrate Facebook products, try letting someone from the island speak for themselves. They may have something to say about the flooding and how people can help.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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