Marea Stamper expresses her concerns over the TV host turning the Berlin night club “into a comedy spectacle for a largely straight American audience.”
Conan O’Brien visited Berghain yesterday (September 4) as part of a trip to Berlin. However, DJ and Berghain regular The Black Madonna – whose Instagram post alerted the world to the US TV host’s trip to the club –has expressed her concern about the comedian’s visit, and how the night club may be represented on American TV.
“I don’t need to know what he’s joking about to know that he’s taking millions of people into a space that is private for a good reason,” the Black Madonna – real name Marea Stamper – told a fan on Instagram in the comments thread accompanying the photo (which has since been deleted). “I’m not humorless about any subject. But turning a space like this into a comedy spectacle for a largely straight American audience with no context other than the club being private and gay is a problem.”
Stamper continues: “It’s private for a reason. Taking your selfie out front is one thing. Conan is a comedian that millions of people watch nightly in a country on the verge of having Donald Trump for a president. That context matters.”
O’Brien was photographed outside the German nightspot with a film crew by Stamper’s husband. The photo caption states that the US talk show host was “doing comedy.” It’s presumed the TV host did not actually enter the club, nor his film crew, due to the iconic Berlin venue’s strict no-cameras policy.