John Oliver on the "Fucking Assholes" Who Attacked Paris

Jay Hathaway · 11/16/15 09:41AM

Whenever The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart had to report on a tragedy like Friday’s terrorist attacks on Paris, he would temporarily drop the jokes and speak candidly. Serious Jon was a little jarring to watch, at least the first couple of times, and that successfully conveyed the gravity of situation.

John Oliver Brought a Dead Soap Star Back to Life For a Syrian Teen Caught in the Migrant Crisis

Jay Hathaway · 09/28/15 09:27AM

With hundreds of thousands of migrants headed to Europe from Syria and Iraq, reactions have ranged from reluctant acceptance (Germany) to outright, vicious racism (Slovakia, Poland, Fox News). As ever, John Oliver used Last Week Tonight to put a human face on the latest shitty, depressing thing people are doing to one another, and the face of the refugee crisis is a cool Syrian teen named Noujain Mustaffa.

John Oliver: Your Right to an Attorney Is Mostly Theoretical

Jay Hathaway · 09/14/15 09:33AM

In the fair, just, and wise United States legal system, arrested individuals who are unable to pay for an attorney will have one provided to them at no cost. Americans can sleep well knowing we’re not animals who would make the neediest amongst us face the full resources of the state without a trained advocate. Just kidding! Here’s John Oliver to explain why the right to an attorney is basically just a mythical unicorn that farts apple-cinnamon rainbows.

John Oliver Wrote a Book of History Lies–Unless He's Lying About That, Too

Jay Hathaway · 08/31/15 09:00AM

We’re in between Daily Show hosts, Stephen Colbert’s Late Night hasn’t started yet, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is on a break until mid-September. So what are we supposed to do with our—oh, hey, John Oliver made a pointless web video about his upcoming book.

John Oliver Set Up His Own Church to Call Bullshit on Corrupt Televangelists

Jay Hathaway · 08/17/15 08:48AM

Televangelists didn’t disappear in the ‘80s—there are actually more of them than ever. They ask for private planes and piles of money from people who can’t actually afford it in exchange for vague and ephemeral promises of future prosperity and health. Fuck ‘em, says John Oliver.

John Oliver Teaches Sex Ed, Because States Won't Let Teachers Do It

Jay Hathaway · 08/10/15 08:45AM

For the latest Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tried to find out what American kids are learning in sex ed, and discovered that the answer is that no one really knows, because many states have no official standards—in some cases, the information kids get isn’t even required to be medically accurate. Many other states have just one standard: abstinence only. Basically, whether you learned what consent is or how to use a condom depends on which high school you happened to go to.

John Oliver on the Ridiculous Reasons America Wastes 1/3 of Its Food

Jay Hathaway · 07/20/15 09:00AM

In America, we throw out more than a third of our food, an insane 730 football stadiums worth every year. That’s up by about 50 percent since the ‘70s. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans are hungry. John Oliver spent last night’s Last Week Tonight looking into the causes of this ugly state of affairs.

John Oliver on Transgender Rights: "It's Crucial We Get This Right"

Gabrielle Bluestone · 06/29/15 07:35AM

Marriage is now attainable for all, regardless of who they love, but an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans still face daily, legal discrimination. Yesterday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver went in on the idiots who promote that discrimination—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not not—saying it’s pretty simple to figure out what to call a transgender person: you call them whatever they want to be called.

John Oliver on What's Being Done About Online Harassment (Not Much)

Jay Hathaway · 06/22/15 11:39AM

Twenty years after it entered the mainstream, the internet has delivered on its promise to make basically everything faster and more convenient: doing research, buying stuff, arranging to meet up with your “kayaking friends,” and harassing women until they consider suicide. On Last Week Tonight Sunday, John Oliver considered the heavily gendered crisis of online harassment, and the glaring lack of any legal framework for stopping it.

John Oliver: We've Made the Internet Into a Weapon to Attack Women

Gabrielle Bluestone · 06/22/15 08:23AM

Rick Astley scholar John Oliver devoted a lengthy segment of last night’s Last Week Tonight to the topic of assholes on the internet, online harassment, and the woefully ineffective law enforcement options for those dealing with revenge porn and online threats.

John Oliver Presents the CIA Torture Report, as Read by Helen Mirren

Jay Hathaway · 06/15/15 09:05AM

Dame Helen Mirren, Oscar-winning queen, brings a comforting gravitas and a timeless sexiness to every project she undertakes, and always deploys them as the job requires. You might say she’s extremely effective at what she does. Know what’s not very effective, though? That’s correct: torture.

John Oliver: Big Poultry Is Seriously Screwing Over Chicken Farmers

Jay Hathaway · 05/18/15 09:09AM

Chicken: We love it! Chicken production in the U.S. has doubled over the past 25 years, to 160 million chickens every week. That makes it sound like it’s a great time to be a chicken grower, but John Oliver explained Sunday night that it is most assuredly not.