Watch: Ai Weiwei Documentarian Alison Klayman on Colbert Report

Posted May 17th, 2011 under China, Media, Satire

“Director of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Alison Klayman hit the Colbert Report last night to talk about the Chinese artist’s arrest and his current situation,” writes Hyperallergic.

“Colbert’s interview kicks off with a short intro to Ai Weiwei. Klayman explains that the trouble really started when Ai persisted in investigating the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, connecting the collapse of school and the death of school children to government corruption.

The Colbert Report
Tags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

“In America we know to ignore artists,” Colbert laughs, “serious artists are a complete joke. Why over there do they take him so seriously?” “Maybe because he doesn’t take himself so seriously,” Klayman responds, “he knows how to connect to people, he has a huge amount of followers online.” And that’s what the Chinese government is worried about.

- In other news, Klayman’s Kickstarter-based fundraiser for the film has more than doubled its expected amount — it raised over $46,000 on a $20,000 goal.