Upon discovering that a Chinese TV show had full-on ripped off his opening credits sequence, Stephen Colbert reacted in the most Stephen Colbert way imaginable: By demanding to appear on the Chinese show.
In a segment of The Colbert Report, Colbert addressed how the Chinese knock-off called The Banquet was very clearly inspired by his own credits: “And by inspired, I mean in flagrant violation of intellectual property rights,” Colbert said.
Though Colbert acknowledged that he did not understand much of the show, which pulls in 400 million viewers in China, he noted that he knows “it’s funny because the government says so.”
“I demand you invite me to China to appear on your show,” Colbert said. “Just say the word and I’ll start digging.”
Here’s Colbert’s segment:
As The Atlantic points out, this isn’t the first time the Chinese entertainment industry has generously borrowed from American TV — or even from a late-night talk show host. A brand of liquor, for instance, used the whole opening sequence of Game Of Thrones in a commercial. And, much like Colbert, Conan O’Brien discovered — and retaliated against — a Chinese show called Da Peng that had stolen his own opening credits. Watch Conan’s bit:
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