Apple’s VP of procurement exiting after off-color comment in viral TikTok video

Apple’s Vice President of Purchasing Tony Blevins reportedly quits company that makes iPhones, MacBooks and other consumer electronics after executive quits viral on TikTok for an offbeat comment.

Tiktok star Daniel Mac, who has a series in which he asks owners of expensive cars what they do for a living, approached Blevin in a Sept. 5 video. Blevins can be seen driving a Mercedes-Benz.

“Good sir! Your car is awesome! What do you do for a living?” Mac asked Blevin in the 25-second clip.

“I have rich cars, I play golf, and I fondle busty women. But I take weekends and major vacations,” Blevin replied. He added that he had “one hell of a dental plan”.

HOUSE PASSES ANTITRUST BILL TARGETTING BIG TECH

Blevins’ remark appears to be a nod to a quote from the 1981 film “Arthur,” in which the main character describes his own work, saying, “I race cars, I play tennis, and I caress women, but I have weekends off and I’m my own boss.”

At the time of posting, the video has garnered 1.4 million views, 143,000 likes, 826 comments and 2,789 shares.

Teleprinter Security Last To change To change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 138.20 -4.28 -3.00%

Apple representatives did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOX BUSINESS

Bloomberg, the first outlet to report the story, said Blevins’ departure came after some Apple operations and purchasing employees reported the video to human resources. Following an internal investigation, Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer reportedly decided to part ways with Blevins. Williams would oversee Blevins’ former team in the interim.

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my misguided attempt at humor,” Blevins told the outlet.

According to a Wall Street Journal Profile released in 2020, Blevin’s main responsibility was to negotiate with Apple’s suppliers to reduce the company’s costs. The report notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook brought Blevins in 2000 after working with him at IBM.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *