Did Conan O’Brien Go Too Far With This iShiv Commercial? [Video]



Given the recent tragedies that have gripped Apple’s manufacturing arm with the Foxconn riots that have left at least ten individuals dead the week after the iPhone 5 launch, this parody commercial for an “18% rustier, 20% thinner” iShiv designed to “revolutuonize factory riots” by Conan O’Brien is undeniably in bad taste. Whether it’s offensively bad taste or hilariously bad taste is ultimately a matter of opinion.

Personally, I hate to admit it, but I laughed, then felt really terrible about having laughed. What’s happening at Foxconn is no joke, but at the same time, it’s the job of a comedian to push the standards of taste and to riff upon tragedy for a laugh, thus putting that tragedy into deeper relief. What do you think?

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12 responses to “Did Conan O’Brien Go Too Far With This iShiv Commercial? [Video]”

  1. Ed_Kel says:

    Poor taste, but it is comical. Expected from a late night show like Conan.

  2. Tkf530 says:

    Yes, he did go too far. So far that the video isn’t available in my country. Le Canada.

  3. BigLama says:

    too soon!

  4. philbert81 says:


  5. James Monster Farnsworth says:

    oh cmon! that was fun

  6. TheKnightWhoSaysNi says:


  7. Matheus Soares says:

    Not funny at all.

  8. joewaylo says:

    1/4 funny. 3/4 gone too far. While it’s funny to mock Apple, it’s not funny to threaten the workers’ lives with a shiv to work harder. They work tooth and nail to build these devices for the customers.

  9. John Branham says:

    dumb, but shouldn’t be offensive or “too far”

  10. theobserving says:

    Yes, it’s funny. No, it’s not too far. Keep crying, bleeding hearts.

  11. ncruzpr says:


  12. djalice says:

    I love Apple products and I have a sick sense of humor but this wasn’t that funny really. I presume this is US prime time so…

    I think it’s good to publicise this though as Apple will hate the bad publicity and hopefully try harder to address the workers grievances.

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