Those who watch Last Week Tonight know that contrary to the name of his show, John Oliver actually doesn’t cover the events of the past week very often, and instead does deep dives into very specific topics like electronic voting machines or how the American education system sucks ass. But considering how wildly horrifying the events of last week were, he couldn’t sit idly by and say nothing.
It’s one of the rare times we’re actually living up to our show’s title, unlike what should probably be called 28 Minutes on the Corn Tax or Whatever the Fuck with John Oliver
He begins by discussing the borderline cult-like nightmare that was the Republican National Convention. Specifically, how 90% of everyone’s talking points were straight-up, farm fresh bullshit, the shockingly bad decision to have the husband and wife who waved guns at BLM protestors in St. Louis, and Mike Pence making a distinction in his speech between Americans and “our African-American neighbors.”
Hmm. A government official using rhetoric that refers to minorities as separate from actual citizens terme sounds familiar. Ah well, I’m terme I’ll Fürher— erm, figure it out.
Then he moves onto the rather glaring disparity between how the police treated Jacob Blake versus how they treated Kyle Rittenhouse. The difference being that Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his children and Rittenhouse was allowed to walk off after he murdered two people with an AR-15 rifle. Oh, after the cops offered him water.
This is undeniably some of John Oliver’s best, angriest (justifiably so), and most important work, but if you need more reasofor the let it be for the for the absolutely beautiful beatdown he gives Jared Kushner.