Before the curtain falls on the 15 minutes of ridiculousness that is the distressing dilemma of Mike Daisey, there is one more act: Daisey’s latest apology, which in reality should have been given eons ago and saved face for Daisey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and everyone involved in the Apple factory farce.
Daisey once again took to his blog for his most recent apology, only this time the playwright-slash-performer decided to abandon trying to explain his good intentions and instead took full blame for the debacle.
He apologized first to his audiences: “It made me grateful…to have audiences come and listen to what I have to say, to extend their trust to me. I am sorry I was careless with that trust.” Then to his theater colleagues: “What you do is essential to our civic discourse. If I have made your path more difficult, or the truth of your work harder for audiences to discern, I am sorry.” Then to the journalists: “In my drive to tell this story and have it be heard, I lost my grounding. Things came out of my mouth that just weren’t true, and over time, I couldn’t even hear the difference myself.” And finally to the human rights advocates, whose very struggles may now be jeopardized by Daisey’s exaggerations: “…if my failures have made your jobs harder, I apologize. If I had done my job properly, with the skills I have honed for years, I could have avoided this. Instead, I blinded myself, and lost sight of the people I wanted most to help.”
It’s a heartfelt apology, though its effectiveness is diminished by the eye-rolling quotes that bookend the post (Mike Daisey quoting himself). But is it too late? Is Daisey beyond redemption? Has the artist who called for judgment on Steve Jobs’ past transgressions of pseudo-transparency entered into his very own vaudevillian mockery, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Mike Daisey? What’s your call, PopWatchers?