A video of Conan O’brien trashing Haiti on-air back in 2005 recently surfaced. In the 14-second clip, Conan jokes about Haiti’s continued poverty despite centuries of independence:
“Haiti, you just celebrated 200 years of independence, congratulations. Now make a wish and blow out your burning pile of tires,” O’brien says.
The video has resurfaced right after O’brien engaged in a political dispute with President Trump over Trump’s comments referring to countries like Haiti as “shitholes”. In an effort to prove the president’s comments wrong, O’brien made a publicity trip of Haiti in an effort to highlight the island nation’s beauty.
The trip came under heavy criticism after O’brien stayed at security-protected luxury resorts and posted what some claimed were carefully selected images that hid the realistic living conditions of the poorest country in the Americas.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) January 21, 2018
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with a GDP per capita of only $846 (according to a 2014 report by the World Bank) and with 80% of it’s citizens living in poverty. The U.S. State Department had also issued a travel safety warning for Haiti in 2017, classifying the capital Port-Au-Prince as being “a critical-threat location for crime”.
But they didn’t stop there. Upon returning, O’brien and other celebrities like Bill Maher posted pictures of themselves sporting shirts that read “Haiti is Great Already”.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) February 10, 2018
If they think a country suffering the world’s most extreme poverty is great, I’d hate to see what they consider as bad.