The video clip, originally posted by a freelance Pakistani journalist on 4 July, shows how the anchor was told by a panellist in Urdu, that “Alone Apple’s business amounts to more than the whole of Pakistan’s annual budget”, she understood that the person was referring to the fruit business.
The moment she said “yes sir, I have heard there are copious varieties of apples and the business is quite big”, the startled panellist promptly corrected her saying: “I am talking about the Apple company, not the fruit”.
Apple business and types of apple, just some regular tv shows in Pakistan.. pic.twitter.com/3Sr7IBl7ns— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) July 4, 2019
Netizens, who are known to pounce on even the slightest mistakes with an avalanche of trolling on social media, weren't forgiving this either.
Hats off to the man!! What control!! Had I been there would have probably fallen off my seat laughing 😂— Siddhartha Das (@sidharthone) July 4, 2019
That's why people say an apple a day keeps the doctor away but they don't say psychiatrist away😁😁😁😁— Prachurjya Barman (@PrachurjyaBarm1) July 4, 2019
News Channel’s or Comedy show— narendra Lalwani (@narendraLalwan8) July 5, 2019
Level of Journalism in Pakistan!!— Paritosh Sankhe (@gillydinda) July 4, 2019
One user hilariously commented that the anchor might have been thinking about the groceries she wants to buy after the show.
Poor anchor still thinking about grocery after show pic.twitter.com/wGAwMiVZ4c— Taya Amritsaria (@TayaAmritsaria3) July 4, 2019
Interestingly, some users even defended the anchor, blaming the panellist for not using the term “Apple Inc” and instead, just saying “Apple” which created the confusion.
In the anchor’s defence, the way he said Appal it did feel like he’s talking about the fruit😅(Also Appal sirf Appal Mobile nahin hota hai!)— Qissago (@Kahaanikaar) July 5, 2019
It’s the guy who failed to qualify his argument properly! Just apple means a fruit!— Waqar Shah (@waqarsh) July 4, 2019
Apple Inc is a trendy brand in Pakistan, with almost all major cities like Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore having iShops.
The Apple iPhone is a popular mobile phone choice among members of the country's urban population, especially the youthful segment.
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