'Occupy Conan' Isn't All That Radical

'Occupy Conan' Isn't All That Radical

Part of the inevitable trajectory of any pop culture phenomenon like the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it will get co-opted as Madison Avenue and Hollywood try to figure out how to turn a profit on rebellion. The business model of taking Leftist, anti-capitalist passion and turning it into consumer products has a rich history; it’s made Michael Moore a multi-millionaire; it’s created designed Che T-Shirts and purses, and now we have late-night host Conan O’Brien launching a contest called Occupy Conan.

No, this isn’t some ploy to get co-host Andy Richter to sexually assault an unshowered Conan. It’s a fairly tame and slightly lame contest in which viewers are asked to re-create an episode of the Conan O’Brien show. O’Brien explains it all in this slightly ponderous video. The contest ends January 4th and of course, it has a sponsor: the 60’s chic Volkswagen Beetle…although today’s Beetle convertible has a base price of around $30,000.

Occupy Conan is harmless enough. It’s really just a strained attempt to find a name for a contest. I’ll give the Red Headed One a pass on this, especially since the Conan show did one of the funniest take downs of the Occupy Movement outside of…well, the Occupy Movement itself.

Forget re-creations: take ten minutes and watch Conan (sporting his Al Gore inspired retirement beard) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hold Occupy up to the light…for you to poop on.