5. Ai Weiwei detainment by the Chinese government made him famous in America

Although his Sunflower Seeds exhibit at Tate made Ai Weiwei a household name in the UK, he officially entered the American zeitgeist when he was featured on the Colbert Report last May.  Stephen had filmmaker Klayman on as a guest to discuss Ai's unlawful detainment, and to crack jokes about the Beijing Olympics.  You can see the full version of the Never Sorry trailer featured on Colbert at www.aiweiweifilm.org.