Comedian Sarah Silverman slammed Amazon founder billionaire Jeff Bezos for flaunting his lavish Norway vacation on social media, asking why his employees live off food stamps and government assistance.
Bezos, 54, was declared the world’s richest billionaire by Forbes in March with a net worth of $126billion.
Despite Amazon’s massive growth, many of its employees still make a meager living as hundreds of workers in Ohio live off of food stamps and require government assistance to get by.
Sarah Silverman slammed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, on Twitter on Sunday asking why his employees live off of food stamps as he vacationed in Norway
On Sunday Bezos posted a video of himself dog-sledding in Norway, which led Twitter firestorm where users admonished the Amazon founder for poorly compensating workers
Silverman responded to the tweet saying: ‘Be an example of fair payment & take the pressure off the taxpayers who are subsidizing your lack of fair pay’
On Sunday Jeff Bezos tweeted his dog-sledding adventure for Earth Day.
‘Dog sledding above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Jim Lovell says it’s not that you go to heaven when you die, but “you go to heaven when you’re born.” Earth is the best planet in our solar system. We go to space to save the Earth. @BlueOrigin #NoPlanB #GradatimFerociter #EarthDay,’ he tweeted.
Actress Silverman fired back at his tweet saying: ‘Why do your employees need to be on food stamps & govt assistance?’
‘Be an example of fair payment & take the pressure off the taxpayers who are subsidizing ur lack of fair pay. I KNOW you can do it, Jeff! Don’t be like the Waltons of Walmart,’ she added.
Silverman’s sharp comments referred to a Policy Matters Ohio report released in January that revealed that as of August 2017 more than 700 Amazon employees in Ohio drew benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Business Insider.
The report revealed that 10 per cent of all Amazon employees in Ohio relied on food stamps to survive.
To add to the blow, Amazon employees who rely on food stamps cannot use the coupons at Amazon’s cashier-free store Amazon Go, according to CNBC.
Bezos was named the world’s richest person on Forbes 2018 list with a net worth of $126billion
Twitter users attacked the Amazon founder demanding he offer ‘livable wages’ to workers
Others stressed the poverty that Amazon employees on food stamps experience
‘Do better for all, not just for yourself’ a Tom Paine Twitter account wrote on Sunday
While Bezos compares his vacation to heaven, his critics were quick to point out his employees’ hellish reality on their poor salaries
‘You capitalist pig’: Many Twitter users were quick to demand that he redistribute his company’s wealth
One user wrote: ‘Treat your employees the way you would want to be treat’
One user told Bezos to improve wages so that his employees could also afford lavish vacations
‘The sudden emergence of Amazon as an employer of so many who need that assistance raises a question: Why is this giant, successful company offering such limited pay and hours of work that many of its workers need help buying food?’ Policy Matters research director Zach Schiller said in a press release.
On Wednesday Amazon revealed that its median employee made less than $30,000 in 2017.
Amazon said that the tech giant employs 560,000 people in more than 50 countries, resulting in a median pay of $28,445 in 2017.
Bezos makes 59 times the median employee, according to MarketWatch.
But the 47-year-old actress wasn’t the only critic to attack Bezos for the stark salary disparity with his employees.
Twitter users began to attack the tech giant founder, demanding he redistribute the company’s wealth.
‘Livable wages. Taxes. Less packaging. Fix these things that are entirely within your control for your corporation and then I’ll take you seriously,’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘At lot of your employees can’t afford to feed their dogs some days. Have fun up in heaven though. Do better,’ another user wrote.
‘Redistribute your wealth or suffer at the hands of the working class you capitalist pig,’ one user warned.
‘You have plenty of money – more than you’ll ever need. Pay living wages. Treat your employees the way you would want to be treated,’ Lori Ann said.
‘You know what would be heaven? Paying your employees a livable wage and watching their posts about sledding in Norway. Pass the good fortune, not the pee bottles,’ user Gregory Clark wrote.