Frak That! Ep. 89: ‘The Wonkavator’

On Dec. 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump summoned a dozen Silicon Valley CEOs to a summit at his self-named hotel in New York City. Joe Wilcox calls it a meeting with the “King”, while Randall Kennedy makes allusions to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and riding the “Wonkavator” to the top of Trump Tower.

The two agree that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reminds of an insurance salesman. “They don’t look happy at all to be there”, Randall says of Bezos, sitting next to Alphabet CEO Larry Page. Episode 89 is dedicated to these fearless supporters of Hillary Clinton and opponents to all things Trump. 

The hotel is venue for the beckoning of many meetings with the future 45th President of the United States. “Trumpwonka actually should send out the invites to these people on golden tickets”, Joe says referring to those won during the children’s film fantasy. “There’s a great metaphor there somehow—I don’t know what it is. ‘You’ve been summoned’”.

Randall laughs: “You could have Jeff Bezos and Larry Page dancing to the Golden Ticket theme from Willy Wonka, jumping in the air, tapping their feet. You could have a whole musical number around this!” He pleads: “Saturday Night Live, please, if you’re listening parody this…We will have a Golden Ticket motif, people going in and out of this golden Wonkavator at the Trump Tower—up, down, sideways! They go in, they come out, and they’re transformed”.

Joe says that in Wonka fashion, the ticket holders “have to come to an ill-fated end because of the bad decisions they make once they’re inside the Tower”. “Bezos is taken to a great height, then dropped by his own drones”, Randall responds. Larry Page could put on VR-glasses and be pulled inside a virtual world, Joe suggests.

Other topics include: Coal in the Christmas stocking; the future iPhone Chinese sweatshop in America; Apple AirPods mishaps; everyman’s ancient human ancestor; recasting tech CEOs as James Bond villains; Chris Connors’ Irish obituary; and Uber driving away drivers with driverless cars.