Apparently the harmlessness of Conan O'Brien's appearance in front of Berghain is subject to speculation. The Black Madonna, who regularly performs at the provocative Berlin nightclub, had shared a photo of the American television show host at its entrance snapped by her husband on Instagram - but after backlash ensued in the comments, her own attitude towards the situation appears to have turned more grave as well.
Her original caption for the now-deleted Instagram post seemed lighthearted enough. It read, "Husband at Berghain. Sent a photo of Conan O'Brien who is outside doing comedy. Doesn't he know there's already a designated Jokeman [sic] in this town?"
In the comments section of her post, many who frequent the techno club expressed their outrage at the notion that O'Brien might be making a mockery of it on national television in the U.S. ""[It] kind of belittles the fact that the place has SO much history and is very much a safe space for many, especially for the LGBTI community," read one comment in particular.
The Black Madonna echoed these notions in her own comments, which have since been deleted along with the post. She wrote:
“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. 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...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.”
Neither Berghain nor Conan O'Brien's teams have commented one way or the other on the recent controversy, and O'Brien's website does not disclose when the Berlin segment of Conan will air.