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?

Via: iDownloadBlog

  • Ed_Kel

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

  • Tkf530

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

  • BigLama

    too soon!

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  • James Monster Farnsworth

    oh cmon! that was fun

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi


  • Matheus Soares

    Not funny at all.

  • joewaylo

    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.

  • John Branham

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

  • theobserving

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

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  • djalice

    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.