We’d like to announce that what was left of our internet-addled brain has officially just melted. Conan O’Brien was shown footage of a Chinese TV program ripping off his opening sequence graphics, and responded in kind (with help from Andy Richter!) with his own take on the shanz-tastic show at the heart of the mild Conan controversy. The footage has now come full circle, after being uploaded on Sohu.
We feel slightly unsettled by the fact that something so obscure and previously unexposed to the wider world as Chinese talk show television (the sort that employs corny stock sound effects to punctuate everything a la Zhou Libo) has made it to American airwaves, and by extension, the worldwide Youtube audience at large.
The internet now makes former boundaries porous to an incredible extent yadda yadda, and we feel like the current moment is when a previously solid cultural bubble separating China and the rest of the world has been pierced.
In a different era, the Qiaodan Sports Company could’ve continued to do their business by using the name of an uber-famous sports figure without fear of actually being caught out by the namesake himself.
We hope incidents like the Conan smackdown contribute to a new notion in China that wantonly appropriating other people’s names/designs/tv show opening sequences is no longer okay, because the specter of losing face is now possible on a global scale.
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