Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has used his Oscars win to tackle a pressing issue: Apple keyboards.
Speaking with journalists after winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, Waititi was asked what writers should be demanding from producers.
Taika Waititi jokes about what writers should be asking for in the next round of talks with producers: “Apple needs to fix those keyboards. They are impossible to write on. They’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/vlFTSjCfZm
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“Apple needs to fix those keyboards,” he said.
“They are impossible to write on — they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better.
“Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous.”
The filmmaker didn’t stop there. Waititi blamed an Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) injury in his shoulder on the Apple keyboards.
“We’ve just got to fix those keyboards. The WGA [Writers Guild of America] needs to step in and actually do something.”
Although Waititi did not reveal the exact model of Mac he has been using that has caused his discomfort, it is likely a ‘butterfly’ keyboard, which was first introduced by Apple in 2015.
The keyboards have been a source of angst among users, with many complaining the keys have too short of a distance to ‘travel’ [the distance it takes to push them down].
Apple’s keyboards were not the sole focus for Waititi. Earlier in the evening, he used his onstage acceptance speech to dedicate his award to Indigenous kids wanting to explore the arts.
“This is really great, and I dedicate this to all the Indigenous kids who are in the world who want to do art, and dance, and write stories,” Waititi said.
Waititi is the first person of Māori descent to win an Academy Award.