Video: Raunchy dance routine a PR nightmare for Microsoft

[Follow-up: The story behind that nasty Microsoft dance routine]

Microsoft announced a significant set of updates to its Windows Azure cloud computing platform this week … and this is how somebody in Norway decided to celebrate, apparently.

A techno-dance routine that preceded Microsoft’s Windows Azure presentation at the Norwegian Developers Conference this week featured a group of women jumping around on stage to a song that included several drug references and this line: “The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis.”

In a strange effort to be inclusive, a monitor displaying the lyrics added, “or vagina.”

The “dancing Azure girls” routine is already drawing widespread criticism on Twitter, and multiple videos are making the rounds on YouTube. The Windows Azure logo can be seen projected above the dancers in one of them.

The official Windows Azure channel posted this comment on two YouTube videos of the event:

“This week’s Norwegian Developer’s Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language. We apologize to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter.”

It’s not unprecedented for regional subsidiaries to embarrass their parent companies, but this is pretty extreme. It would be a huge surprise if anyone at Microsoft HQ in Redmond signed off on this. We’ve asked a Microsoft representative for more information, and we’ll let you know what we find out.

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[Follow-up: The story behind that nasty Microsoft dance routine]

  • Postmaster

    Can’t wait to read about this one in the Compliance Quarterly!

  • http://www.runningpoint.org/ Ronald V

    Thats hilarious

  • http://twitter.com/naebD näbD

    For The Rest of My Life.

    Sob.

  • Mike

    NDC is NOT organized by a Microsoft subsidiary, Microsoft only organizes TechDays, TechEd and Build. NDC is just another conference for .NET developers (a Microsoft technology). This should not be a PR nightmare for Microsoft, unless silly journalists say that it was organized by a Microsoft subsidiary. I don’t think many journalists would be silly enough to do that… oh wait… GeekWire… doh!

    • jp

      NDC is not organized by Microsoft, but this dance WAS organized by Microsoft. It was a part of their windows azure unveiling presentation.

    • http://swampmonster.myopenid.com/ Swampmonster

      This was put together by Microsoft Norway. The NDC team did nothing but assign a slot / stage time which was supposed to be related to the “Meet Azure” event.

    • Tomas

      Not only that, but the song was funny and entertaining. That the word Penis was mentioned ONCE in the song of course makes it “The Penis Song”But that 50Cent or something on MTV sings “i wanna fuck you bitch” it’s fine and on the national Top20 hitlists…

      I guess reporters around hit a dry spot and had nothing else to write home about…

      • Blasserber

        I don’t think Microsoft aims to be associated with an image that is anywhere close to 50cent’s.

      • Brianevansrocks

         I don’t know about you, but I don’t generally sing songs that include the word “penis.”  Yeah, I think the inclusion of that lyric is enough to mark the song!

        • http://twitter.com/DaAmazingUmAh Mark

          i serisosly doubt u rock dude

      • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

        I don’t find profanity offensive at all. However, it gets really old going to tech conference after tech conference and being treated as though I do not exist. My favorite was a local event where the only mention of a woman was with the title “geekette” and a Secretary-like photo of a model tottering in heels who’d put on glasses to accompany her cleavage shirt. If every event you attended featured men dancing around in thongs, references to how developers you respected would “make your dreams come true” in a sexual way, etc. it’s possible you’d get a bit tired of it.

      • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley
      • Paulm

         I think the best part was not that they mentioned penis (or vagina), but that all during that stupid song there was huge amounts of “canned” cheering and crowds going crazy, but if you look at the audience, they just want their free gifts, not to see some eiffel 65 try to hang on by making some stupid techno song for Microsoft.

  • Guest

    Perhaps by puritanical American standards this is a “nightmare,” but I’ve holidayed in Norway and sexuality is celebrated whilst dancing.

    Todd, please don’t assume that all persons’ moral compasses are aligned with those of the commentators on your MSNBC and your Fox News.

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      Exactly.

    • chrimux

      It is not about moral. It is just inappropriate and weird. But looking at Microsofts advertising history, it is just another logical step down.

      • GoOut!

        Have a sense of humor ! Geeze, I liked the ‘I’m a Developer FOR LIFE!’ song – very amusing. I bet the dancers have never met software developers before this show!

    • Sean1265k

      this has nothing to do with being American or not. This was the most laughable presentation and makes me feel ashamed to be a software developer. Ever heard of the term brogrammer or douchegrammer? Only they will find this video “good”. I found it extremely pathetic and laughable.

    • taitaisanchez

      It was shitty PR.  I love dancing, sex, and the expression of the human experience.

      That was just … bizarre and unprofessional.  I mean, Bill Gates used to do fun little videos before his keynotes at COMDEX, but, they were still professional. 

    • http://twitter.com/sinceresentenze Sentenze

      Sexuality is a thing. Chovinism and bad taste another. Using woman body and sexual allusions to promote products is not open sexuality, but an exploit humiliating for women. Totally different stuff, one should be able to recognize. But as they say, chauvinism, like racism, it’s like ass, you can only see other people one :)

    • bunnies

      I’ve been to Norway dizens of times. “Sexuality is celebrated whilst dancing”? What on earth are you talking about? Norway is no diffferent from America or any other Western country in that regard.

      You sound like someone who simply enjoys making knee jerk anti-American comments.

      • http://twitter.com/tabinnorway Terje A. Bergesen

        Sorry, you are wrong. I am a Norwegian who just came back after ten years in the US. Norwegians are nowhere near as prudish as Americans. People actually are able to distinguish humor from insult. The skit was funny. Listen to the audience. Men and women both are laughing.

        This is not a “knee jerk anti-American” comment, it is simply reality. I love the US, I’d love to move back (but that’s not happening right now), but most americans need to get over the absurd prudishness that permeates society. Who cares if you see a nipple on TV? Honestly. If nudity is plot-important in a film, why remove it? Do Americans seriously think that seeing naked people is bad for children? Anyone who does should go see a shrink.

        • Yngve Nilsen

          I was there. The crowd was dead silent. Some might have laughed slightly because of the stupidity of it, but the cheering/clapping was canned and incorporated in the playback. The whole thing was an embarrassment, and not really helping getting more of the opposite sex into the business….

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Lund/100003579594339 Lasse Lund

            I hear them laughing on the video. Get out. Adding “or vagina” was awkward, but other than that is was just a fun skit. Not hilarious, but fun.

          • TTran

            I love that a man can dismiss the concerns and discomfort of so many women simply because he happened to find it “fun.”

          • shloime

            get over yourself.

            are you uncomfortable with the use of the word “vagina”, or with your inability to identify with the “penis” in the song?

            your “concerns and discomfort” should earn you a condescending pat on the head, not the right to censor anything and everything around you.

            if you let the fact that some geeks have poor social skills, control your career decisions and life, you can also add pity to that condescending pat on the head.

            having worked for a couple of decades in the software business, with men and women, i have neither time nor sympathy for your bogus, passive-aggressive mind games.

            it’s a job – leave your stereotypes at the door.

          • ninewood

            Why are you lying? I was there and heard roaring laughter and applause. Might you be hard of hearing?

        • f223rf23

          The people you are hearing laughing in the background of the video are doing so because it’s painful and embarrassing to watch. This has nothing to do with sexism or anything else. It’s just simply bad. This is like watching your grandfather try to get out in front of a crowd and show how he’s totally hip and with today’s young people. This is Microsoft’s pathetic attempt at showing they’re “cool”. If Apple did something like this, they would instantly lose their following. It’s so shameful and sad that it is hard not to have a physical reaction to it while you’re watching it. Ick. Just… ICK.

        • Aiden McAfrey

          Perfectly stated. I could not believe the fuss about a simple nipple flash! Who cares?

        • shloime

          but this wasn’t naked people! it was a very pathetic play on “micro” and “soft”, that just happened to include “penis” and “vagina” (sic).

          no discernable sexuality whatever. and they were using “big people words” in the correct way.

          at worst, it presents microsoft developers in a non-professional light. but we knew that all along…

      • plaintruthforidiots

         I tried ‘celebrating my sexuality while dancing’ but I was ordered off the dancefloor by a 20 stone bouncer, and then given a sound thrashing.

    • willizen

      It wasnt appropriate, period. We dont have to have sex injected into everything we do. It wasn’t even relevant. Let’s keep it classy.

      • Al-Khwarizmi

        Yeah, sure, because saying “penis” once in one three-minute song in one presentation is “injecting sex into everything”.
        People offended by this kind of things should stop to think that the problem is not in the song, it’s in their twisted minds that are ready to jump when anything sexual is mentioned. I didn’t even think about sex, I just thought “nice how they joke with their own brand name”. But then, I’m not American and I think I will never understand your attitude towards this kind of thing.

        • willizen

          You’re assuming because I’m American that I think a certain way about sex. How about I assume that because you are not American, you’re just a heathen who likes to have sex in the street. That would be accurate right? And really, you didn’t think that comment was sexual in nature? what else do ppl use their big hard penises for? Golf?

          • http://richlv.myopenid.com/ Richlv

            “heathen who likes to have sex in the street.”

            ok, that was just braindead.
            why would you assume that he’s a normal person ?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Lund/100003579594339 Lasse Lund

             Let’s just say you lost every right to argue for classiness  with that rhetorical sense.

          • ninewood

            Doesn’t everyone? Did you think the term wood only applied to the penis? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_(golf)

    • Geekwire

      Ha foolish European, the jokes on you.  Fox News has no moral compass, they simply spin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6510219 Brianna Spacekat Wu

      Is this 2Unlimited? OMG. I thought “No limit” and “Tribal Dance” were awful in the 90s, but this is even worse. How can he not have changed anything about his sound in 20 years? 

    • http://www.digidna.net/ Vic

      Yeah, right in Norway sex, drugs and lousy vocoder trash dance music rule. Give me a break this sucks, anywhere in this world it is just laughing stock -hilarious, though :-)

    • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

      I don’t find profanity offensive at all. However, it gets really old going to tech conference after tech conference and being treated as though I do not exist. My favorite was a local event where the only mention of a woman was with the title “geekette” and a Secretary-like photo of a model tottering in heels who’d put on glasses to accompany her cleavage shirt. If every event you attended featured men dancing around in thongs, references to how developers you respected would “make your dreams come true” in a sexual way, etc. it’s possible you’d get a bit tired of it. For more on that aspect of the video: http://www.whatwherewhy.me/blog/2012/06/11/the-male-gaze

    • http://twitter.com/eric_d_hancock Eric Hancock

      Serious question.  On your holiday in Norway, did anyone say to you, “there is nothing small about my vagina?”

      • shloime

        “or soft”?!

  • Guest

    More prevalent is the HQ team embarrassing the subsidiaries. But yeah, this one is pretty bad.

  • Guest

    It’s a tribute to the sorry state of MS’s marketing that the only time it makes the news is when it crosses the line into inappropriate.

    • Fewfew

       what other reason would a company’s marketing make the news?

      • Guest

        being effective or even brilliant.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/LWBXJFQ4V6QCHB6ZQDGUKP4OLI Jay

          Hah hah; no, really, I think Fewfew was talking about actual *possible* reasons ;-)

          • Rob Renaud

            I’m on a horse.

  • Thomas Bohn

    I think most European just laugh about it and think, what a bad song, it should have been the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest last in May in Baku. Or something.

    • M.

      I actually think that most europeans think that this is just a way of showing off some extremely tasteless sexism and an all to degrading view of women.

      • http://richlv.myopenid.com/ Richlv

        as a european, i think it is a funny, silly and a stupid ms thingie. i would never think about trying to make an international uproar out of this. i would think either the crazy puritan americans would do it, or maybe the batshit crazy swedish “feminists” (they’re too crazy to go w/o quotes)

    • shloime

      for the benefit of non-europeans, you should explain that the eurovision song contest is an annual competition to pick the corniest, worst schlock to be produced in all of europe for that year. (the winner should have their way with a selection of choice farm animals, on condition that they are never heard from again.)

  • cjjmccray

    One word: “Genious”

    (jump to 1m13s – they can’t even spell)

    Someone pass me the industrial mind bleach, please.

    • Mark

      You mean these guys don’t write their material in Word?

      • cjjmccray

        They probably added “Genious” by mistake to their custom dictionary at some point in the past…

  • SteveS

    I thought it was pretty creative.  Someone will always complain about something, no matter how risque or benign it is.

    • Dave

      And some one will always defend the most idiotic of ideas

  • arjit

    dafaq did i just see :|

  • Eljones

    A wee bit hyperbolic, Todd, no?  Stupid and offensive (too some), but hardly likely to go viral outside of a few thousand geeks, and have zero impact on MS the brand, or Azure the product. I clicked on the headline thinking I’d see Steves Ballmer or Sinofsky in Metro colored swimwear singing about Windows 8 destroying Apple and Google.

    • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

      I agree that it’ll have zero impact on MS the brand. However, it gets really old going to tech conference after tech conference and being treated as though I do not exist. My favorite was a local event where the only mention of a woman was with the title “geekette” and a Secretary-like photo of a model tottering in heels who’d put on glasses to accompany her cleavage shirt. If every event you attended featured men dancing around in thongs, references to how developers you respected would “make your dreams come true” in a sexual way, etc. it’s possible you’d get a bit tired of it. For more on that aspect of the video: http://www.whatwherewhy.me/blog/2012/06/11/the-male-gaze

      If you want to see something more entertaining, though, I recommend checking out the Windows 386 promotional video. I think it’s ~16 minutes long, and features a woman undressing and rapping w-w-w-windows! with questionable 80s fake dj scratch sounds.

      • http://richlv.myopenid.com/ Richlv

        it also gets a bit old reading the same comment for the 3rd time here, and i’m not even halfway through the comments. did you submit the article or what ?

  • http://twitter.com/jclaussftw Jason Gerard Clauss

    I’m not sure any woman would ever want or boast about a large, hard vagina. Just sayin.

    • Markdrummond508

      should have been wet vagina to be analogous, yes?

      • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

        They don’t start that way by default, so no.

        • Lee

           Yes, because penises start out hard.

  • NordicDev

    As a Scandinavian I can say that this is hardly controversial.  Nordic people are comfortable with their sexuality, and are happy to talk about it in public, in the news, on TV and in movies.  Viewed from an American perspective where the values tend to trend towards the conservative, this might seem surprising when confronted with such cultural differences.  Either way, this is totally hilarious!

    • Nørwegian

      True. This will not make the headlines in Norway. No one here cares about this stupid dance.

      Having a dead serious developer conference would be more controversial in this contry. :)

      • Bert

        Think again. You are forgetting something. There are lots of feminists in Scandinavia, and they have strong political power. They certainly don’t like this kind of stuff. Things like these have made headlines in Scandinavian news before.

        • Foo

          As a feminist, I don’t see the problem with this video.

          But as a software developer who enjoys good music and dancing, it grates on the nerves and feels really embarrassing. Like Napoleon Dynamite embarrassing.

          • Greatsouthbeach

            Napoleon Dynamite has much better dance moves.  Just sayin’

    • guest

       It’s not about sex specifically but about objectifying women in order to sell tech that I find offensive.

      • Guest

        Yeah, ’cause we never see women being objectified to sell any other items. LOL. And who are all those women voluntarily allowing themselves to be used in such a fashion anyway? 

        • M.

          This is probably the silliest and most idiotic comment I’ve read in a long time. Somehow you manage to – almost in a comical way – showcase all the arguments that make me hate listening to a fellow man. I could debate you to death on this (how structures in society works, expectations of men AND women etc), but I don’t have the energy to preach for morons. Take this summer to read a book. Not a comic, a proper book.

          • Anon

             “I’m right but can’t make a point so instead I’ll insult you because I don’t like how you argue”.

            You’re worse than him. Go read an encyclopedia. If women want to show off, that’s their choice. I’m not complaining about good looking men selling razors.

      • http://methylblue.com Max Howell

        The song is sung by a male software developer who sings about his penis. Women are not mentioned once. How are they objectified exactly?

        • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

          Women were mentioned in the lyrics several times. Respected female devs were referred to with sexual innuendo.
          It gets really old going to tech conference after tech conference and being treated as though I do not exist. My favorite was a local event where the only mention of a woman was with the title “geekette” and a Secretary-like photo of a model tottering in heels who’d put on glasses to accompany her cleavage shirt. If every event you attended featured men dancing around in thongs, references to how developers you respected would “make your dreams come true” in a sexual way, etc. it’s possible you’d get a bit tired of it. This performance got attention because it was dramatic, but some variation of this performance is at nearly every tech event I go to, and I go to many. For more on that aspect of the video: http://www.whatwherewhy.me/blog/2012/06/11/the-male-gaze

          • jays

            How many times are you going to post that link?  We got it the first time.

          • Danny Price

            Oh get over yourself.

      • shloime

        uh, do you really think this is “selling”? this isn’t a microsoft ad, you know.

        this is a skit, supposedly “entertainment” for the geeks at a developers’ conference. in norway, people can say “penis” and “vagina” without getting into trouble.

        it’s amateurish, and not very well written, but it’s also pretty innocuous, compared to the lyrics of almost any hip-hop song on the charts. so if you want to find something offensive…

  • Steven

    just caught Eva Simon, Far East Movement, and LMFAO at the Oracle Arena in Oakland last night.  that anyone would be seriously offended by this skit is simply hilarious, in the context of current popular culture.  c’mon, people…

  • http://www.italianchef.com/blog Phil Torre

    • chrimux

      For the rest of their life …

  • Sumner31

    What’s the fuss.  I got a kick out of it; it was quite creative.

  • Aviel

    For anyone wondering… the song is by Scooter and a derivative of his song Ramp (also known as the logical song), I could recognize his style anywhere.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd2zhRrG0u4

    So sorry that I know this…

    • Gordon Mohr

      I thought it might be a Scooter spoof, but Scooter is kind of its own spoof, right? 

    • http://twitter.com/wattengard Christian Wattengård

      It’s not Scooter, if you knew Scooter, you would recognize that it’s not his voice.
      It sounds more like a Norwegian comedic duo called Bye & Rønning. They have done Scooter parodies before.

    • aoeu

      Sampled from / inspired by Supertramp, clearly. 

  • http://twitter.com/YLTO Your Local Tech

    Its not a bug, its a feature.

  • http://profiles.google.com/patrick.pilcher patrick Pilcher

    did the camera guy have parkinsons? I think this is a storm in a tea cup

    • http://twitter.com/wattengard Christian Wattengård

      I don’t have parkinsons, just “parkinsons light” ;) But yeah, it’s a “stretch-hand-above-crowd”-movie also.

  • http://twitter.com/stopazlaw Stop AZ Law

    This is absurd. Half the people who put on their holier-than-thou hats to criticize
    this will go back home and view raunchier material online before the week’s
    end. Even Obama sings LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know it in the shower. Let’s not revert to a faux-Victorian country of hypocritical prudes who pretend they’re the Pope whenever anyone’s watching.

    In short: everyone relax and give me a break. We’re all adults here.

    • http://twitter.com/xaotica kimberley

      It is possible to like rauncy material, pr0n, and profanity and still dislike being treated as though you do not exist at tech conferences. My favorite was a local event where the only mention of a woman was with the title “geekette” and a Secretary-like photo of a model tottering in heels who’d put on glasses to accompany her cleavage shirt. If every event you attended featured men dancing around in thongs, references to how developers you respected would “make your dreams come true” in a sexual way, etc. it’s possible you’d get a bit tired of it. This performance got attention because it was dramatic, but some variation of this performance is at nearly every tech event I go to, and I go to many. For more on that aspect of the video: http://www.whatwherewhy.me/blog/2012/06/11/the-male-gaze

      • Danny Price

        Are you getting paid for clicks on that link or are you just trolling?

  • Seandr

    You’d have to be in 3rd grade to think of this as “raunchy”. This is a non-story. 

    Todd, serious misfire. Save the childish Christian morality for Sunday mornings.

  • Richard

    You must be pretty uptight if you get offended over that! Ok it’s not what I personally find amusing but it’s harmless.

    Some people are just looking to be offended.”OMG they said penis and vagina!”

    Lighten up a little…there are far more offensive things happening in the world right now than this.

  • Jens Glad Balchen

    This is obviously a Scooter parody, provided as entertainment in between all the dreary Microsoft product annoucements. I didn’t see any Azure references in the song, so the connection the following Azure demonstration seems hysterically speculative. Ante hoc, ergo propter hoc seems to be the prevailing philosophy.

    As for objectifying women? Seriously? Women are now objectified by … dancing? Strangely I don’t see the same moral uproar over, oh, say, cheerleaders? Or how about women’s lingerie football as the halftime entertainment at the Superbowl? The Superbowl airs on FOX, right? So even the most rod-up-your-behind, conservative nut bags the US can televise don’t think scantily clad, dancing women as entertainment between commercial ads is objectifying women.

    I don’t see how this can be offensive even by twisted American standards, but then again, the main feature of being twisted is that logic doesn’t apply.

    • Robin Powell

      If you put it on a large screen, you can see that there’s an Azure logo floating continuously in the background.

      -Robin

      • Jens Glad Balchen

        I don’t know how large of a screen I have to use, but… no, I don’t.

        Also, did anyone stop to think how the “lyrics” refer to NDC _all_ _the_ _time_, but never once mention Azure? Pretty poorly written if it were an Azure marketing stunt.

        Oh wait, it’s not.

        • Robin Powell

          Ah, sorry, you’re right, you can’t see it in the version we’re all replying to; look at this version in full screen, at the top, during the beginning:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUMjxnKzUlQ

  • http://michael.mesme.org/ Michael Salmon

    Even M$ realises that we are in a post PC era ;^) That’s PC as in Politically Correct though.

    Seriously though it’s funny and shows that someone doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

  • http://twitter.com/bradfurber Brad Furber

    As a native Washington Stater now living in Scandinavia (Denmark), I can attest that this type of skit is pretty tame compared to a lot of what you see over here (in the streets, on TV and online).  Todd, are you trying to use the old “sex sells” strategy to pump up the views/comments?  If so, nice work.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YFGFH4CXOA6ZVKI7SQSETVS3SM Old Number 317

      Agreed. I am an Oklahoman living in southern Norway and while this would probably cause some uproar in Oklahoma it’s not even something to raise eyebrows here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.rady Charles Rady

    Ridiculous.

  • mohasa

    Where is the raunchiness?  You’re being too prude to even consider this as being raunchy.  Have you turned on your TV lately?

    • Brianevansrocks

      So, if “raunchiness” is featured on television it ceases to be “raunchy?”  I’m missing your logic here.  Wouldn’t you assume that someone who finds this offensive would find much of what’s on TV offensive?  Or do you think that people decide their moral standards based merely on what is prevalent in culture?  You may disagree with someone’s standard of morality (or, in this case, good taste/good PR), but you should give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they have standards… Be warned, though, You might, then, find that you want to display some tolerance towards them.

      –But this really isn’t a question of moral outrage.  It’s a question of whether you would want your brand represented in a certain manner.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

         You mean the same tolerance they show?
        What you really mean is some of us have BETTER morals than the rest of us.
        As far as a brand being represented in a certain manner, Good for Microsoft for letting their hair down. I for one am sick and tired of right wingers and Christian nutjobs telling everyone what Good and what Bad, Whats Acceptable and whats not. What you can do and what you cant. They said the word PENIS, WHO CARES. Its a body part.
        Before you start telling everyone to have tolerance perhaps you should show some yourself.
        Or perhaps it went over your head that what you were really asking is that we show tolerance to your intolerance. NO MORE

  • Dpfoster

    Idiots….

  • Shhale5

    The Corporation Mind at play.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3PQR2S2EAZUDJKVYUCKLCWJ37Q Micheal

    Excuse, me where’s the video linking to the raunchy dance routine?  I want to see some raunch!    A few prudes worrying about a few drug references (if you got “several” out of that because you picked up on all of them then you’re probably not the type of person to worry about drug references) and they said penis… 

  • http://twitter.com/Redoregon69 RedOregon

    It’s refreshing to know there are still countries with a sense of humor, who don’t get their panties in a wad about being perfectly PC 100% of the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZOMGDALE Dale Cole

    Wow… the said penis and showed the word vagina… the world is coming to an end.

    *yawn*

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFJX37EC4EWU4AAZCQXJKZHFKI LastQuestion

    Y So Seriouz?

  • Guest

    Americans are as sensitive as Iranian ayatollahs :P

    • http://twitter.com/tabinnorway Terje A. Bergesen

      More so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mattheew.Harris Matthew Harris

    I’m failing to see anything scandalous. Well, sweaters and shorts is a mixed metaphor but not enough to be called a scandal.

    Who wrote this? A quaker?

  • Bill Gates

    The dancing was really poorly choreographed everything else was a hot mess. Thanks, Norway!

  • A7r3iu

    Microsoft should just embrace it as a meme/gag/troll/joke. The internet would love them for it.

  • Robble

    I dont’ see a problem – unless you are a hardcore christian.

  • AmToo

    Those silly Norwegians forgot that MS is an AMERICAN company. America was founded by the Puritans, for whom sexuality and pleasure in general are “bad” things. Tsk Tsk.

  • Colin

    I wish all developer conferences were this awesome!

  • Gasbandit

    I don’t see the cause for outrage.  I mean, it’s about as cool as my parents trying to do the lindy hop, but  it’s not out to corrupt “the children” or anything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

       Please think of the children.
      After this song and dance some of them might find out that they have penises.
      Instead of the word ‘Penis’ should we use the words ‘Wee Wee’ or ‘My Special Place’ so we don’t offend some of the adults here??

  • Guest

    That was Raunchy? I don’t think so. Also, God forbid Microsoft actually does something that displays a sense of humor. I thought the “The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis. (or vagina)” bit was pretty funny.

  • http://twitter.com/MikePintler Mike Pintler

    Holy f**k

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.skivvys Andrew Reed

    funny, but the music is absolutely awful

  • Bram Stolk

    Sigh, some people are so easily offended. Lighten up, it’s funny.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

       I think they are offended because the words Micro & Soft DO APPLY to their………Brains (and also penises)
      OMG SOMEONE SAID PENIS..
      I can also say Elbow, Skull ,Finger and 125 other body part related words.

  • Mark

    Two things I generally like in a vagina: Micro (small)and Soft (& wet)!

    Good job M$!!!

  • Flash killah

    Flash for video (keep partying like it’s 1999!) + social plugins = oh my god the page feels so slow and heavy for the first ten seconds. Yes, I’m on Chrome 19 on a zippy MacBook Pro.

    • Jessie545

      There are browser extensions to solve all of these problems for you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thecreative Chris Peters

    What are you talking about? Not approved by Redmond? This was approved by Ballmer himself. Anything to get people talking about Microsoft. Good or bad. This is called the Ballmer PR.

  • Annoyed By Linkbait

    Okay, hilariously cheesy video, but “raunchy”? Nothing about the dance was “raunchy.” That one lyrical line was inappropriate, but that’s it.

  • rick

    This is far and away the worst thing that I have ever seen.

  • http://www.intomobile.com/ Stefan Constantinescu

    I don’t see the harm in this. Why’s the internet going bananas?

  • Murigi Muraya

    Is this kind Eurotica not contributing to low population = slow market growth in the EU?

    All fun but no fidelity or family growth?

    No wonder Asian / Chinese companies targeting their local populations + Africans are set to dominate the World.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mattheew.Harris Matthew Harris

       This isn’t erotica unless you’re a 100 year old nun. BTW, have you seen the stuff that the Asians do? Tentacle porn, scat porn, bukakke… 

      The west has nothing on them.

      • Jessie545

        I can’t wait for the Microsoft Japanese Developer Conference with a scat porn opening act.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

           With the headline “WINDOWS 8 IS THE SH*T”

  • David

    This doesn’t come close to being as embarrassing as Balmer’s monkey routine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=780399133 Greville Whittle

      There needs to be a mashup with this and dancing Ballmer

    • Jamie White

      Agreeeed. Steve Balmers monkey dance, the point at which you knew MS was doomed….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K4Z7Y4ZDGKC6O7W44ZFR3QTXDU Q

    Authentic Eurotrash. Where’s Anders Behring Breivik to shoot the place up when you need him?

    Still too soon?

  • Luc Hens

    As Steve Jobs said: “The problem with Microsoft is that they have no taste. They have absolutely no taste.”  

    • Guest

      To be fair, Mr. Jobs himself also has no taste. No sight, hearing, smell, nor touch, either.

  • http://railsmonk.com/ Dima Sabanin

    Microsoft is definitely not going down quietly, it’s going to be a lot of fun watching them struggle :)

  • Elfbane5

    Oh please. It’s awkward and funny. I’m not a windows fangirl but give me a break, their outfits arnt even that bad. Some people just want to be offended.

  • Anonymous

    How the conversation at Microsoft should have gone…
    * PR Pleb: “I know, we’ll have a dance routine to- ”
    * Everyone else: “NO.”
    * PR Pleb: ” -promote our cloud product at a developer conference… Yea you’re right, horrible idea, embarrassed I thought of it, sorry guys.”

  • http://twitter.com/tabinnorway Terje A. Bergesen

    I think it is a good thing that not every country is as prudish as the US. Listen to the audience, men and women both are laughing. People offended by this needs to nurture and care for their sense of humor. It’s in need of significant growth.

    • Jessie545

      This isn’t about being prudish.  (And by the way, Americans are not “prudish” — I can go to any streetcorner in the city and see people doing drugs, and there’s an annual naked bicycle ride here.)

      The problem with this is that it’s completely tasteless.

      It’s like giving me a piece of cardboard to eat, and when I complain that it tastes like cardboard, accusing that “Americans don’t appreciate foreign cuisine!”.  We do, by the way, but also: that’s not what’s at play here.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone who says that cardboard has no taste.

    • Sam_Sonite

      How can you tell both men and women are laughing from this clip? I would argue that because the dancers are all female, the show’s producer (Microsoft Norway?) knew their audience would be overwhelmingly male. Do you think Lea Verou would be pleased to know she “can make your dreams come true”? Do you think women thinking about entering the field want to be seen this way?

      • Eost

        Is their fucking problem, damn dude people need to relax, if it where something related to men instead of women nobody would be giving a fuck.

        I hate this kind of puritanes.

      • molecularities

        When they said her name, my jaw dropped. I felt so awful for her in that moment. I would not want my name associated with this as a man, but as a woman? Uck.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

         First off get a sense of humor. As far as the Lea thing goes… She is a total babe and a half and she knows that already. This would not be a revelation to her. She was probably less offended by this than you.
        If this is something that offends you, I don’t see how you could survive surfing the net for a day.

  • http://twitter.com/leicaman leicaman

    The only way this is offensive is it’s in such bad taste. And that IS a Microsoft characteristic.

    This is what Steve Jobs meant when he said, “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absoultely no taste. And what that means is, I don’t mean it in a small way I mean it in a big way. In a sense that they, they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

  • Bsesser

    Such a sad day, Micro$oft has to advertise to 3 and 4 year olds. You feel off your done cut the cord and just die already. Azure blows and so do the DEVELOPERS.

  • Masterbrewer

    That song was as bad as Windows ME and Vista all combined into one.

  • plaintruthforidiots

    Thankyou NDC, for making me laugh so hard I cried…

    That was utterly hilarious!

  • res08hao

    Very weird indeed. I like the chick who can make my dreams come true.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNUOWGMIEFESEHQC7AMFGNGUSQ Joe

    This is so lame on so many levels, not the least of which is the fact that it is Microsoft.

  • tetsuoii

    Wow! this rocks! I’m developing!

  • Prak

    What’s really funny here is the weird addition of “or vagina”, and the fact that the dance was LAME. I could do better! Most of our dance club’s volunteer teaching assistants could do better!
    Could MS afford no better?

  • http://twitter.com/qazwart David Weintraub

    This isn’ my fault…

    Not mine either…

    I didn’t do this…

  • Harry Burns

    Catchy tune.  I like it.  

  • Ann

    A few years ago there wouldn’t have been a discussion in this type of forum.  It gives me hope that we are developing (in a human sense) and hopefully will continue “for the rest of our lives”.  Thanks guys!

  • http://twitter.com/Zoglog Zoglog

    meh… news about nothing… More Steve Balmer Developers pls

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hung/100002536908419 Richard Hung

    And people wonder why more women don’t enter the software development profession.

  • http://twitter.com/escapist Jason Carlin

    Oh grow up. It’s a goof and a parody and actually pretty funny.

  • Tito

    Sorry if I’m a bit offtopic, but please embed videos with ‘iframe’ instead of ‘embed’. For some of us it’s easier to watch them.
    It’s also the recommended way by Youtube themselves:
    http://apiblog.youtube.com/2010/07/new-way-to-embed-youtube-videos.html

  • Wizard Gynoid

    oh yeah.  this is horrible.  omg.  /sarcasm

  • http://twitter.com/Coinspinn3r Coinspinner

    Now I know this was supposed to be a joke, but weren’t they slamming developers thru the chorus?   I heard like one or two nervous laughs and dead silence from the crowd.   Not sure they got it, lol.

  • Wizard Gynoid

    Y for my comment was censored?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

    Holly Crap People…
    get a sense of humor, that was funny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002995549576 Cesar Cris

    hahahahha when mainstream music play no one feels “offended” ahahahhahahah

  • Oxydol10

    Really we’re worried about penis.  I thought the rest of the rhymes and correlations between XML and ecstasy were probably the worst of the whole thing.  The sad part is someone actually had to pay for that and those people dancing were getting paid.  I’m not thinking this would be considered a resume builder but that’s just me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlostatomarinho Carlos Filipe Costa

    sincerely, what a bunch of prudes! Sincerely, it is not like they are advertising drugs to kids and adults have heard and spoken the word penis, more than they say developing  =P Really, what’s the big deal? U can say it is not funny, tasteless or that it is hilarious, but be offended? Now THAT’s stupid!

  • http://twitter.com/DaAmazingUmAh Mark

    oh come on guys the guys pissing themselves laffing shuld be clue that no one took it as seriously as your lot are here bu then they were software developers and were developing for the rest of our lives 

    • Leroy Jenkins

      The limited career advancement would make me want to take drugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ziplock9000 John Stock

    Oh ffs, grow up it’s only a laugh. The only ones complaining are the iFags

  • Dewm

    Raunchy… It is a bit of an overstatement.

    Inappropriate sure but raunchy, no. If they had been dressed in painted on latex you would be closer to telling the truth. Or if they were depicting sexual activity. But no the girls were mearly dancing. It was whoever came up with the inane lyrics that messed up in an effort to be funny.

    Tell it like it is instead of blowing things out of proportion to try to increase readership. Shame on you.

  • Jpp

    Snorezzzzzzzzzz

  • Chris DeVore

    AHAHAHAHAHA The only crime in this video is the nerdy lyrics to otherwise great references to penises, vaginas and drugs.

  • http://www.nickwhite.me/ Nick White

    Todd, regardless of people’s opinions, this is a great scoop for Geekwire. 169 comments/938 reactions and counting is a win in my book, and I hope it is in yours as well.

  • frank

    you wanna chill out you slut

  • fred

    why dont you suck my cock you whore

  • Fiefie

    I think the complaints are unfounded…it is not my type of music but I have seen much much more offensive things. The drug references were obviously stating developing was their drug of choice not promoting LSD and extract….people need to get over their overly conservative ways and find much more pressing issues to worry/complain about.

  • Garry

    I find the average t.v. commercial far less entertaining than this, and a typical t.v. show like ” Pawn star swamp people fishing dirty jobs with the real house wives of jersey shores”, is contrived and silly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lucidmike78 Michael Ma

    I blame the Christians for making the world fear the words “penis” and “vagina”.

    • Jamie White

      Gettting onto the topic of religion? Carrrefull. Even so, I agree. Its hardly just Christians who are fault, religion generally. Yep, I say careful, slowly prising open Pandoras Box myself…

  • http://parkerstacy.com Parker Stacy

    if (objPerson.IsOffendedByAzureGirlsSong)
    {
    objPerson.GetASenseOfHumor(g_OutsideWorld);
    }

  • Huck

    I don’t know what’s funnier, the clip or the comments! Is it not obvious to everyone that this is A MASSIVE PRACTICAL JOKE?

  • dmeaner@hotmail.com

    This is great! Love Microsoft even more now!!! Fuck Apple.

  • dfdf

    This is funny – it’s meant to be a joke, and you can hear people laughing. Just lighten up and enjoy the code!

  • fj23f023j

    People, please learn what “sexism” is. If you put yourself out somewhere in which you are marketing the way you look or your sexuality, then I am not crossing a line by noticing or commenting on it. Further, even if that’s not what you are doing, it’s not sexist for me to admire you or even to comment on it. Commenting on it may be crude, insensitive, against polite social norms, and even against workplace harassment policy, but it is not *sexist*. Sexism would be if I refused to hire you, because I felt you — being female — could not do the job as you are inferior to men. THAT is sexism. But it’s easier to just attack men left and right for EVERYTHING under the label of “sexism”, because it’s sort of an atom-bomb attack that is hard to shrug off once someone has stuck it on you.

  • auntiegrav

    Can anyone here say, “Tailhook”?
    Software programming, like the military, seems to set up and maintain an environment of pubescent behaviors. If you are immersed in that environment, this kind of humor seems to be normal. Step outside, and it looks childish or bizarre (Isn’t that also a characteristic of a cult?).
    The European style of open-mindedness about sexuality has little to do with the 12 year-old boys who buy video games (the motivation for much of the industry’s decision process).
    The whole concept of “team” players sounds great at first, and buying some cheerleaders fits right in: until you realize that your entire team consists of psychopathic profiteers and misanthropic gamers, and the last thing they should be is encouraged and empowered to keep doing more of the same just because it’s profitable.

  • http://twitter.com/BallerIndustry Angus Cheng

    Oh big fucking deal. This is not a scandal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/twisted.funk Benjamin Ezekiel Duncan

    Is anyone really offended by this? It’s bizarre, but it’s funny – assuming you don’t take yourself too seriously as many people who’ve left comments clearly seem to. Drug and sex references are much more common and acceptable in the UK and Europe so it’s hardly a surprise they didn’t think this would offend anyone.

  • JCS

    Completely appropriate for anyone dumb enough to be developing on a MS platform. Well done Norway but, as we say, nul points.

  • gef05

    Did anyone see anything “raunchy” or “immoral”?

    I think some folks have a little getting-over-themselves to do.

  • Jamie White

    What makes me laugh is Americans are so puritanical in complaining about this, yet have absolutely sky high teenage pregnancy rates, comparable to a lot of developing countries (50 per 1k in US) , compared to 13 in 1k for Norway. Seems like the Americans need to set their priorities straight!

  • zer0ne

    must be a slow news day…..

  • http://twitter.com/Raven_Halloism The Foulmouth Raven

    How Is this bad? it’s just a fun little joke, It’s not even done to be extreamly sexual unlike most songs made today by b the “popular” artist in one I remember the lyrics “get on your back and I’ll give you a ride” this was on a popular radio station at 1pm. Apparently 7 year olds hearing extreamly sexualized songs is nothing to be worried about, but one small laugh is? bullocks to ya.

  • gagan

    So this is raunchy? Software developers do need to get a life. This won’t be considered wrong even in the Indian culture. Develop a bit of sense-of-humor you developers! – Gagan from New Delhi, India

  • heyitsme

    Don’t get why this is a big deal, it was weird and kind of funny but I don’t see how anyone can say it’s immoral

  • MK

    Americans can so puritanical & silly…..that is with anything remotely sexual, but if it’s about violence, gore and people being torn to pieces that is all fine and dandy.
    Strange people.

  • ned

    Wtf? comedy genius!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicebikes Kevin Finley

    WHINE!

  • Aiden McAfrey

    I liked it.. didn’t find it offensive, just normal every day life.. it’s a spoof for cry eye. Am I weird or something?

  • Zhou Wu

    Google is much worse: Google dict’s code:

    console.log(“FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKER”);.

    For Windows, the file can be found at:

    C:UsersuseridAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensions
    mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja if you have the extension installed.

    By the way, an extended of the extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore
    /detail/mkjnchpohljkinmppeljneimbbjblcbd still keeps the line.

  • shloime

    “raunchy”? certainly not.

    inappropriate? this was a NORWEGIAN developers’ conference, and its appropriateness should be judged in the cultural context of norway. i would guess that references to parts of the body are less worrisome to most scandinavians than to uptight anglos.

    the source of the “trouble” was the stupid digital sign with the subtitles – without it, there wouldn’t be a story.

  • Eric Patterson

    Although I personally don’t find this very mature behavior, nevertheless it is a fact that most Americans are still prudes. It’s been 400 years yet this puritanical and false “morality” still pervades our society thanks to the political and social influence exerted by the ultra right wing Evangelical “Christians” who believe that everyone should behave according to their rules or receive punishment and censure.

  • http://www.thesuperstar.org/ theSuperStar

    Funny.

  • Sir

    I don’t understand why, when I go into a business they think it is socially acceptable to call me “Sir” simply because I was born with a penis. Why do they call my wife and daughter “Ma’am” because they were born with vaginas and have bigger breasts than me? What is the importance of labeling individuals based on sex organs every single time.

    I have a name. It kinda sucks, but my mother is proud of that name. Why don’t companies that pride themselves on their own name and providing “personal” service, some that I’ve made purchases at for the past 30-years, make an effort to recognize me and remember my name? It can’t be a privacy issue because most of the time they’re labeling me based on my privates.

  • Simon

    Hilarious!

  • GoOut

    OMG – that wasn’t even a high school level dance – where is the Raunchy Dance ? The author needs to go out more often – to some real clubs and have some grown up fun with people his own age…