I wanted to see if this was an actual real thing that had happened, because, you know, we’ve had all-glass skyscrapers for ages, and I’ve never heard of this happening before.
It is. Of course the problem isn’t the building’s glass exterior. It’s that it’s curved:
Which is incredible because anyone with a rudimentary grasp of physics could have told them that this would happen:
So in addition to being heavy-handed satire about first world excess, it’s also a pretty on-point reminder of another way we’re going wrong: resurgent anti-intellectualism means that fewer and fewer people are consulting with or listening to scientists.
Anyway, back to your joke.
It did actually happen (though the Jaguar was not at all the worst of the damage, as far as I recall. Several businesses suffered fire damage.)
But it gets better.
You see, the same architect designed a very similar building before this, the Vdara Hotel and Spa. And wouldn’t you know it, that one had the exact same problem, only with the death ray pointed at people. Thankfully, I don’t believe anyone’s been hurt by it (though there is at least one instance of it burning hair).
So not only did he not consult/listen to scientists, he also ignored that the exact same thing had happened before.