Michael Bay was supposed to deliver Samsung’s 2014 CES Keynote, and instead turned and walked off stage when there was an autocue malfunction. I don’t know if it’s that big of a loss, though, since he was just spruiking curved TVs. I’m inclined to agree with TechCrunch.
Update: My friend Julian wrote this in response to this comic, and I think it’s a much better annotation than the one I wrote:
The classic model of Hollywood Celebrity is that everything is prepared and no word is ever spoken astray. To the point where someone like Bay who is very comfortable in that mode, can’t even “wing it” when his autocue doesn’t do what he expects. Also, he’s brought on not only as a celebrity but as someone who knows more about this stuff than you, who is better qualified to speak about this screen than you, you should pay attention because he’s better than you!
The classic model hasn’t necessarily been popular for some time, but Jennifer Lawrence has taken the casual approach to the farthest extreme that we’ve seen in a celebrity with such a high profile. We get a sense that she’s flawed in a normal sort of way rather than the polished and proper Hollywood royalty we’re used to seeing. She’s someone we’d love to just hang out with, sort of everyone’s best friend. She probably wouldn’t be called upon for a keynote in the first place, which is a shame because you know that any product that she’d choose to support she’d do so honestly and earnestly and enthusiastically. Whereas Bay can’t even pretend to give a crap about the curved screen.