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VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: John Oliver and Jon Stewart on the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

“The first time the Confederate flag was ‘used in a racist way’ was the exact second they finished sewing the very first one,” comedian John Oliver notes.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver How to Create Strong Passwords, Because His Are ‘a Joke’

Most of us have seen the memorable “Last Week Tonight” interview with Edward Snowden that aired in spring, but here’s a clip you may have missed about the importance of making better passwords than the “embarrassingly bad” ones most of us have.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Torture Is Medieval, Brutal and Beneath Us,’ So Let’s Make It Illegal

In anticipation of this week’s vote on a proposed law against torture, drafted by Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host gave an impassioned monologue on the Senate Committee Report on Torture.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Bail Has Become a Way to Lock Up the Poor Regardless of Guilt’

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains how the discrimination ingrained in America’s bail system leads the poor to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Comes Down Hard on FIFA Again—and It’s Glorious

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host delivered a scathing critique of the soccer organization last year, he decided to give it another shot Sunday after last week’s arrest of several FIFA officials. 

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



FIFA Officials Indicted on 47 Counts of Corruption Dating Back to 1991

The case the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against nine FIFA officials and five sports business executives “spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers

“How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” asks HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver’s Message on Mother’s Day: If We Really Love Our Moms, They Should Get Paid Leave

This Mother’s Day HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host reminded us that the only other country that doesn’t provide women with paid maternity leave is Papua New Guinea.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: How Standardized Tests Enrich Companies, Sicken Students and Get Teachers Fired

The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: Trendy Clothes Are So Cheap We Don’t Care About the Exploited People Who Make Them

“Fast-fashion” retailers H&M, Zara and Forever 21 have exploited desperately impoverished people around the world to make trendy clothing “cheaper than ever, and cheap clothing is trendier than ever,” says John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver on the Patent Trolls Threatening to ‘Sue the Living Shit Out of People’

Patents, or “legally binding dibs,” as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host calls them, play an important part in most businesses. But so-called patent trolls are using them to make money in dubious ways.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Attempts the Near Impossible: to Make Americans Sympathize With the IRS

Tax season is upon us, and with it the usual grumblings about the Internal Revenue Service. But HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host, joined by singer Michael Bolton, may make you think twice this year before you curse the IRS.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

John Oliver recently discovered, much to his dismay, that many Americans still don’t know who Edward Snowden is or what he did. So the “Last Week Tonight” host did what any good political comedian would: He took a trip to Moscow to talk to the whistleblower.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Gives Several Good Reasons to Do Away With April Fools’ Day Pranks

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host released a Web exclusive Monday about the upcoming pseudo-holiday many of us are dreading.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver on How the NCAA Takes Advantage of Student Athletes to Make Billions

Just in time for March Madness, the “Last Week Tonight” host reveals just how much bullshit the National Collegiate Athletic Association makes student athletes go through. The organization exercises enormous control over their lives—and rakes in billions from corporate sponsors—without paying the athletes a penny.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


‘Last Week Tonight’ Explains Why Daylight Saving Is Just Plain Stupid

On Sunday, the HBO show dedicated its “How is this still a thing?” segment to daylight saving. Let’s just say it’ll have you questioning (and laughing about) the outdated practice as you mourn your lack of sleep.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



‘Daily Show’ Duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Make a Play for Their Own Hit Show

Those hoping that either or both members of “Daily Show” husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee would play key roles in filling outgoing power anchor Jon Stewart’s seat can strike those two promising names off the list of potential replacements—they’re going to be otherwise occupied.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver Explains Why Electing Judges Is a Terrible Idea

The United States is one of only two countries that elect the vast majority of their judges, and the “Last Week Tonight” host thinks this fact is as absurd as the “formal muumuus” the judges wear.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Takes Down Big Tobacco and Its Insane Ads

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains that although government regulations have helped reduce smoking in the U.S., American tobacco companies are actually stronger than ever—and brazen enough to run advertising he calls “a pile of horseshit.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Warns of Doctors in Bed With Big Pharma, Offers Tools to Spot Them

The “Last Week Tonight” host is back from hiatus with a scathing rebuke of doctors whose influence is bought by the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver on Why New Year’s Eve Is ‘The Worst’

Of all the holidays in all the world, New Year’s Eve always seems to be more hassle than it’s worth. Thankfully, the “Last Week Tonight” host can help you get out of any celebration you want to avoid.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on the Most Ridiculous Thanksgiving Tradition

Why does the president pardon one turkey every year anyway?

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE


How State-Sponsored Lotteries Steal From the Poor to Give to the Rich

Last year, in the words of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “Americans basically spent more on the lottery than they spent on America.” And although lottery commercials would have you believe that proceeds go to charitable causes, the truth is a bit more complicated.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on the ‘Elections That Actually Matter on Tuesday’

While most of the media are focusing on the midterm elections for the U.S. Senate, the “Last Week Tonight” host argues that we should be focusing on state legislatures at the polls.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: We Have No Idea How Prevalent Sugar Is

In the spirit of Halloween, the holiday that might well be sponsored by The Sugar Association, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes on the sweet crystals invading all of our food.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow: I Would ‘Totally Use’ John Oliver’s Dogs With Fake Paws to Re-Enact SCOTUS Arguments

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE


This Columbus Day May Be Over, but Why Isn’t the Ridiculous Holiday Defunct?

Seriously, why do we still celebrate Columbus Day when, as a “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” segment puts it, Christopher Columbus was a “murderous, egomaniac whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask for directions”?

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE


Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE


Police Have Taken Over $2.5 Billion in Cash From Civilians Who Weren’t Even Charged With a Crime

Sunday, John Oliver dedicated his main story on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” to explaining civil forfeiture, a “shady process” that police departments across the country have been using to seize property with little justification.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver’s Hysterical Explanation of Why Women Getting Paid Less Than Men Is Outrageous

In a “Last Week Tonight” clip that was posted online Monday during the show’s hiatus, John Oliver delivers two of the most memorable metaphors for the wage gap to date, followed by a faux commercial for the currency every sexist boss has dreamed of.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Pokes Fun at Online Headlines by Literally Destroying a Piñata

To prove a hilarious point about how over-the-top headlines on news websites tend to be, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes a bat to the “Trojan donkeys of diabetes.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Ferguson: Police Are Not Soldiers, So Why Are They Wearing Fucking Camo?

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how U.S. towns like Ferguson became militarized with the excuse of the drug war and 9/11 and offers some possible solutions to the conflict in Missouri.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Why You Should Resort to ‘Anything Else’ Before Taking Out a Payday Loan

Payday loan providers have been around for 20 years or so, and in that time their growth rate has been exponential for one reason alone: The services they provide are a huge, undeniable, legal scam. Watch John Oliver and comedian Sarah Silverman explain why you need to avoid them at all costs.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Explains How Native Advertising Is Killing News

The most profitable news websites are fueled by so-called native ads—paid advertisements disguised as original news content. John Oliver finds a funny way of explaining why the future of news is in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE


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