Is it ever okay for someone to be publicly shamed?
That’s the tricky question tackled by John Oliver on Sunday’s edition to Last Week Tonight. As part of the deep dive, Oliver goes through some recent examples of times a single person has faced widespread wrath — from the woman wrongfully accused of being the “worst aunt ever” to the actors embroiled in the recent college admissions scandal.
To finish, Oliver interviews Monica Lewinsky — a woman he describes as someone who “might actually be the perfect person to remind all of us what the consequences can be to a mis-directed flood of public anger.” Read more…
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Ever picked up your phone to find yourself speaking with a robot?
You’re very much not alone. Everyone’s least favourite form of communication increased by 60 percent last year, per CNBC, and the fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by John Oliver.
In his latest monologue for Last Week Tonight Oliver is on his usual top, angry form — casually slamming mailboxes and AT&T before setting his sights firmly on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who he clearly doesn’t think are doing enough to stop call-happy robots.
His solution? A message delivered right to the heart of the FCC itself — via robocall. Read more…
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If you thought John Oliver was going to pick a lighter topic to round off his most recent series, you’d be wrong.
Yep: the latest issue up for discussion is the fairly unnerving global trend of countries electing authoritarian leaders to power — from Vladimir Putin’s ongoing reign in Russia to Brazil’s recent appointment of the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro.
In the clip above, Oliver breaks down exactly what makes an “authoritarian” leader — from projecting strength and demonising enemies to the dismantling of institutions.
And guess who it all comes back to in the end? Yep, Trump.
“The world is dabbling with something very dangerous right now, and America needs to be careful,” concludes Oliver. “And look, I know democracy can be, often by design, frustrating. Checks and balances can be irritating and slow, and might not deliver the outcome you wanted. Read more…
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Remember Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp”?
View More John Oliver rips apart Trump’s old promise to ‘drain the swamp’ in 16-minute rant
John Oliver does. In the 16-minute clip above from Last Week Tonight, he breaks down exactly how well he thinks Trump has done when it comes to this particular promise.
Spoiler alert: …
There’s been so much stuff going on in the world lately that you may not have had a chance to read much about the Brazilian election yet.
View More John Oliver’s scathing 16-minute rant about ‘the Brazilian Trump’
As John Oliver breaks down in the video above, though, the situation is pretty grim. Far-right candidate Jai…
You’ve undoubtedly seen those Facebook ads where the company is pleading, pleading that it’s taking fake news seriously numerous times already.
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‘bullsh*t’ apology ads
Well, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver only has one response: “Fuck you.”
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The dream of Blockbuster was alive in Alaska, but no longer. The Blockbuster stores chugging along up North – including the one that John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight donated Russell Crowe-themed movie props to – are closing down. The last surviving Blockbuster will be in Bend, Or.
According to Deadline, the stores officially close on Monday, but will sell off their remaining inventory from Tuesday until the end of August.
In April, Oliver donated Russell Crowe memorabilia from a Sotheby’s auction to the Blockbuster in Anchorage to draw in movie buffs and keep business afloat. Alaskans, Oliver reported, still depend on Blockbuster since they have limited access to the kind of internet that can support the rest of the nation’s streaming habits. An employee interviewed for the segment noted that many people simply photograph or enter the store for the novelty and memories. Read more…
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HBO’s Last Week Tonight has led to some drastic measures in China. After an episode aired on June 17th, the Chinese government is now trying to erase all signs of John Oliver on the internet. The show had a 20-minute segment on Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. In particular, Oliver mentioned Xi’s abolition of […]
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When faced with a “will he, won’t he” question, Trump always picks the worst answer, and John Oliver is here to explain his next big mistake.
View More John Oliver compares Trump’s Iran deal stance to a cat on an airplane
On Last Week Tonight last night, Oliver talked about Trump’s upcoming Iran Deal decision, why Trump hate…
So, John Oliver apparently just bought Russell Crowe’s jockstrap to lend a hand to a video store. This is an actual thing.
View More John Oliver bought Russell Crowe’s jockstrap for a Blockbuster store. Really.
Last week, Crowe put on a massive auction of his stuff called “The Art of the Divorce.”
It managed to reap the Australian actor…
John Oliver has tackled abortion in the past, but this time he had a very specific look at Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs).
View More John Oliver exposes how Crisis Pregnancy Centers deceive women and it’s pretty horrifying
SEE ALSO: John Oliver takes 18-minutes to explain what’s wrong with US immigration courts
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, J…
The immigration courts in the US have some problems. A lot of problems, from the sounds of it.
In the video above for Last Week Tonight, John Oliver breaks them down one by one — everything from the massive discrepancy in the deportation rate between cities to the fact that people who can’t afford a lawyer are often forced to represent themselves.
“The truth here is we are going to need big changes,” says Oliver. “Ideally the biggest change would be to make the courts fully independent from the DOJ, which is something that can’t happen overnight or, under this particular congress, probably at all. Read more…
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