Conan O’Brien is in Israel filming a show to be broadcast in September. He’s also in Palestine, but the show is titled, “Conan in Israel.”
Everything about O’Brien’s trip is making the Israeli government happy. But he is getting a lot of grief on social media.
When do I get a gun? Do I get a gun now?… I will join the Israeli army on the following conditions. I don’t want a gun that’s loaded…
O’Brien does a promotion of a pro-Israel classic: Israeli hospitals generously treating Syrian victims, who are subject to recrimination from other Syrians for accepting the life-saving care.
Here is 40 minutes of video in Bethlehem. It would seem that “incredible” is O’Brien’s euphemism for “occupation.”
“The Israelis are not allowed here, obviously… Wow, so much is happening so fast here. It’s really incredible to be on the West Bank…. It’s a pretty incredible town, pretty amazing.”
Here’s the writer of that show, Lior Raz, tweeting a humorous photo of himself with Conan O’Brien on the set of that TV show.
— lior raz (@lioraz) August 29, 2017
But the highlight of the trip, politically, has been the meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is Netanyahu doing Conan O’Brien shtik.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 27, 2017
It’s sort of pathetic that a Prime Minister takes the visit of an American celebrity that seriously.
O’Brien then goes to Netanyahu’s house and has a meal. And does dog jokes.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 28, 2017
How good can Netanyahu be for anybody’s brand? O’Brien’s trip is already an embarrassment on twitter. Glenn Greenwald has been excellent about the trip. On the IDF session:
Playfully giggling with Netanyhau at his house & serving as his court jester wasn’t enough. Now come the proud posing-with-IDF pictures.
It’s one thing to ignore an international boycott & travel to Israel. But to turn yourself into the plaything of an apartheid leader is vile.
Happily the comments on O’Brien’s Facebook page have been fairly harsh. People know this isn’t fun and games.
Thanks to Allison Deger and Adam Horowitz.