Say what you will about the Conan O’Brien-NBC rift. A silly distraction or a reflection of the state of Olde World entertainment in the 21st Century?
Who cares. Skip those arguments for a moment.
Conan’s expensive stunts are where it’s at.
Last night, Conan dressed a Bugatti up as a mouse and played the original cut of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” It cost more than $1 million to put together and air.
Tonight, Conan bought 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, draped it in a mink Snuggie and had it watch restricted NFL programming. That cost more than $4 million.
What should be, and with any hope is, eye-opening for people is the catastrophic costs and the potential reasoning behind these high costs. Why should it cost NBC that much to pay to play an old NFL game or a song that anyone familiar with rock ‘n’ roll has heard 100 times over? Why should it cost so much to replay those brief clips during reruns? Where does all the money go anyway?
Perhaps if RIAA suits, crackdowns on sampling and issues with fair use never made people question the absurd costs associated with using copy-written material, maybe Conan’s last week on the Tonight Show will shine a little light on a thoroughly complex issue.