It takes an astute comedic mind to mock the state of the world and those who lead the world.
John Oliver is one of those astute comics.
For the last five years, he has hosted Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.
Part comedy show and part reflection on the previous week’s events, John Oliver talks about the state of politics and the world that we live in as only he can.
Last Week Tonight, as far as I am concerned, is the one the best shows on television these days. Oliver pulls no punches, telling the truth about our world with the perfect British accent. It also helps that his program airs on HBO, giving him more freedom in terms of language and content than if his show was airing on one of the big 3 three networks.
I recommend it.
Over the past few days, the world has been riveted by the Brexit referendum.
For those who are unaware, the Brexit referendum was a vote put forth to the British voters. The question was whether or not to retain a membership in the European Union.
The vote was a close one, with 52% of those voting to leave the EU versus 48% voting to stay within the EU.
While I as an American am not personally impacted by the decision at this moment in time, I can see how it could affect the global community in the future.
The way I read the decision is that it feels very isolationist. Not that the fears of those who voted to leave the EU are completely unfounded, but it could be interpreted as racist and prejudicial against certain communities, especially those who are fleeing destruction and hate in other parts of the world.
I am going to end this video with John Oliver, because he hits the nail on the head every time.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
If there is nothing else to be said about John Oliver, I can say with confidence that he knows what we are thinking. Perhaps it takes a TV camera and an audience to have the courage to speak aloud what many of us are thinking.
I could go on and on about why abortion must be legal in this country, but I will let John Oliver do it. Well, because he is John Oliver and he is brilliant.
About a year ago, a friend invited me to a taping of Last Week Tonight. At that point in time, I had vaguely heard of John Oliver, but I did not know how truly funny or on target he is.
He has a way of broaching sensitive subjects that makes the audience laugh and think at the same time. There is a honesty to his comedy, which is very badly needed. If only there were more like him.
Thank you, John Oliver for speaking the truth. Our mothers are our greatest protectors and source of love. And yet, if they are lucky, they get only 12 unpaid weeks of maternity leave.
For all of the gains that women have made over the past few decades, we still have a long way to go.