AdAge asks Gates about Hodgman to ill effect

Don't people know any better by now than to taunt Billy G. with Apple's indubitably (and unintentionally) lovable John Hodgman PC character? Check out this exchange from a recent interview of Gatesy by Advertising Age's Bob Garfield:

AdAge: I want to ask you one more thing: Those Mac ads -- how do you feel about the John Hodgman character?
Gates: I can't comment on someone else's ad.
AdAge: OK ... but he's you.
Gates: Yeah, I'm not gonna comment on someone else's ad.
AdAge: OK, well, Bill Gates, thank you so much for joining us.
AdAge: Can I just have a clean goodbye?
AdAge: OK, can you just say goodbye? Thank you or goodbye or something like that?
Gates: Goodbye. [Oh, and it was curt alright.]

Damn son. We might recommend just pretending you're Justin Long (aka Mac) next time, and see what happens.

[Via digg]