Mike Daisey: Finally, the damnable liar apologizes

Mike Daisey, on his own blog:

When I said onstage that I had personally experienced things I in fact did not, I failed to honor the contract I’d established with my audiences over many years and many shows. In doing so, I not only violated their trust, I also made worse art. This is not the place for me to try and explain my good intentions. We all know where the road paved with good intentions leads. In fact, I think it might lead to where I’m sitting right now.

Aww, poor baby.

Mike Daisey, for the uninitiated, is the activist stage performer whose one-man act, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” sought to turn the spotlight on the treatment of workers in the Chinese factories where Apple products are made. A reporter at NPR’s Marketplace discovered that Daisey fabricated his description of his trip to China and the meetings he had, despite Daisey’s insistence to attendees of his performances and journalists alike that it was true.

Now that he’s been exposed as a liar, his colleagues and – perhaps more importantly – the venues willing to pay him for his work are pulling away from him, and he is finally able to understand what he’s done.

This isn’t to diminish the very real issue of factory conditions at Foxconn and other Apple-contracted facilities. They’re certainly not ideal by Western standards.

But that doesn’t mean liars should be able to make money by exploiting people’s good will, either.



  • http://www.lazyprogrammers.com Eugene Kim

    “But that doesn’t mean liars should be able to make money by exploiting people’s good will, either.” That’s the single most disturbing thing I found about people defending him.

  • http://twitter.com/krikit Matthew Schultz

    He never he said he lied. Not even in this apology.

    • http://twitter.com/douten Minh

      He brieftly mentioned it then moved on to some semantic or w/e stuff. “When I said onstage that I had personally experienced things I in fact did not…”

      • http://twitter.com/krikit Matthew Schultz

        Only in a quote from a previous inteview on an unrealated topic was the word ‘lie’ mentioned. I don’t get it, he can’t say “I lied”

  • rwitt

    Props to him for apologizing, I guess. I didn’t think he would.

    • JohnDoey

      He did not apologize, he just made it sound like it.

  • Nona

    WAR IS OVER!! (if you want it)

  • hawaianoka

    What an ass.  Daisey’s words mean nothing.  If he really wanted to apologize, he’d stop doing his fake show.

  • http://twitter.com/andyspeaks andyspeaks

    Anyone know the podcast he is referring to?

    • eric m.

      This American Life

    • Peter Cohen

      No, not This American Life. I believe he’s referring to an event that happened in New York last week called “Truth In Theater,” which featured a panel that included a theater critic, writer/director, critics and playwrights. It happened at The Public Theater. You can read more about it here: http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/theater/2869741/breaking-news-post–mike-daisey-panel-truth-in-theater-a-conversation-to

      I’ve looked for a link to a podcast but haven’t yet found one.

  • JohnDoey

    He didn’t apologize to Apple, Tim Cook, the late Steve Jobs, the family of Mr. Jobs, Foxconn, Chinese workers, or the Chinese people for lying about them all and slandering them all and starfucking them all to boost his profile. And he is still selling tickets and performing his show.

    So this is not an apology, it is just another performance. The first thing you do in an apology is to stop doing the thing you are apologizing for.