Noelene Clark, Entertainment Weekly:
In the [CBS This Morning] interview, Iovine said the streaming service aims to help women find music. “I’ve always known that women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music,” he said. “And this helps makes it easier with playlists that are curated by real people.”
This is pretty condescending and misogynistic. Iovine has since apologized, stating that their “new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men”. That is, he believes his comment should have been interpreted as something closer to People — men and women — find it very difficult at times to find music, which is fine and true. But that’s not what he said, and that’s all that matters.
As far as Apple goes, I doubt they’ve had an instance in a long time of an executive speaking off-script as badly as Iovine does. Embarrassing.