Mike Daisey has released a statement on his official blog urging critics to focus on the bigger story of the nature of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing, rather than his admission that he fabricated important parts of his one-man show.
“If you think this story is bigger than that story, something is wrong with your priorities,” writes Daisey, whose The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs addresses working conditions of Apple employees in Chinese sweatshops. The off-Broadway production was the focus of a segment on Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, which has since been retracted after word circulated that the show was in fact a mix of fact and fiction.
On his blog, Daisey continued:
Daisey goes on to apologize to his audiences, whom he “owes the most to,” and asserts that he will continue to bring light to the subject matter, even as he faces critical backlash:
While some have argued that Daisey’s main points should not be ignored because of the controversy, others believe that his embellishments have already tainted the issue’s credibility and will set back progress on the working conditions of Chinese factories.