The Retraction revealing Mr. Daisey as a fake did not come as a huge surprise for me. In retrospect, the vivid description of angry guards armed with guns outside the factory lends itself more closely to a scene from North Korea than industrial China. One of the more powerful things Cathy said was in respect to the false dorm room description, “He’s allowed to do that right?” regarding the lie, “Because he is not a journalist…” Cathy came across as the most honest person in the entire episode.
On the topic of honesty, it appears we can also trust Mr. Daisey about wearing his Hawaiian shirt. The majority of Act 2 had to of been extremely painful for Daisey as he worked to “unpack the complexities” of his story. Navigating through the elaborate web of lies came across as a challenge for the host yet what amazed me is that Daisey never fully came clean and plainly admitted that the majority of his story is fabricated. Instead, he takes long pauses and tries laughably hard to piece together the correct wording to best validate his actions. The session is more of a congressional hearing than a formal apology and admittance of his wrongdoing. I would have respected Daisey more if he hadn’t gone on to lie about lying.
Furthermore, the lack of detective work it takes to hunt down Cathy amazes me. A simple Google search for “Cathy Shenzhen translator” and her contact info is just a click away. In fact Cathy even has a personal website (http://www.shenzhenhelper.com/) written in English describing her services! Perhaps Mr. Daisey should have thought twice before lying about how difficult is to get in touch with his “Shenzhen Helper” Cathy. While his mission to help factory workers may have been a failure, I have no doubt he has done wonders for the number of hits on Cathy’s website.