This transcript is annotated! And it is long past time that the rest of us joined to make sure that their voices are heard and acted upon. [Sunny Hostin] He didn’t free his slaves. [Steve Guttenberg] Hey, quick message for Louie Gohmert’s staff: your boss has the ‘rona. Are you sensing a theme here? But from a licensed medical professional, that is wildly irresponsible. And they certainly did their part to try and drive people away. Now, the good news is there is a chance that the Supreme Court will soon decide to reconsider “qualified immunity.” There’s actually a bill in Congress right now to abolish it, although, even if it passes, it may have to wait for a new president to sign it, and we may not get one of those, anywhere from the next four years to never. Yes, we all want, and in many cases, need, to blow off some steam, but this is no time for anyone to be vying for induction into the knucklehead hall of fame. The less you know about history, the easier it is to imagine you’d always be on the right side of it, because the truth is, the history of America is a history of changing an America that badly does not want to be changed. So fuck your Target, fuck your Hall of Fame. In Sunday night's segment of "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver explains the difference between diagnostic and antibody testing. That is absolutely ridiculous. It’s like if Jeffrey Dahmer was declared innocent because he cooked his victims in an instant pot. Black Americans are two-and-a-half times more likely than whites to be killed by police. [wcnc.com] Were they gonna hang them? Yeah, they are. It has the power to investigate police departments for a pattern of civil rights violations and enter what is called “a consent decree,” in which the police department agrees to make institutional changes that are then overseen by a federal court. But it’s actually worth taking a moment to talk about that term. Now we are dealing with issues that cannot be solved without the nation spending billions of dollars and undergoing a radical redistribution of economic power. And perhaps the most absurd disconnect was, in the wake of president Obama’s speech at a — eulogy for John Lewis this week, in which obama advocated for abolishing the filibuster to protect the voting rights act, Tucker Carlson had this to say: [Tucker Carlson] Imagine if some greasy politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing around stupid partisan talking points about senate procedure. [Tucker Carlson, Fox News] “Defund the police. We throw out almost as much as we eat, wasting 40 percent of our food and $165 billion every year, John Oliver said on HBO's "Last Week Tonight" … And that’s only because it’s always been a powerful symbol of white inferiority. China, the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet, it still can't seem to get pandas to fuck. And it honestly makes me slightly worried that what’s happening right now will be remembered one day by white historians as “the summer of Chromatica.”. Your email address will not be published. And I know those comparisons probably make him mad, but what’s he gonna do, shoot me? The official website for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. First, your worst day in America really depends on who you are, and, importantly, when you are. They’re gonna learn that capitalism is racist, history as conventionally taught is racist, literature — most of that’s racist — patriotic songs, racist. Look at the black-white wage and wealth gaps. [wcnc.com] And then this game is called “escaping slavery.”. Some of them could fly? Making you wonder whether all those arrests were really in the interest of public safety at all. And perhaps nobody made that process clearer than Lee Atwater, a top republican campaign strategist who worked for, among others, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. But look, sadly, history isn’t always fun, weird mummy ventriloquy. Anyway, stay 6 feet away or more from him and wear a mask, for a little while. And in doing that, they’ve been able to meaningfully shift the culture, while also instituting policy changes that relate to both a drop in excessive force complaints and some rebuilding of community trust. But the police have not just been incidentally tainted by racism. Black communities have had to be perpetual activists, while also routinely being disenfranchised. There’s a lot of different things that can change.”. [Laura Ingraham] Now, every subject, every extracurricular activity will be perverted to turn your kids into mini Ilhan Omars. I’m John Oliver. Just google them all. And listen, I’m no “comptroller”—believe me, I wish I were, a hard-to-explain, lethally boring elected accountant, whose title inexplicably took a real word and then stuck and in the middle of it—come on, that’s my dream jump. Flashbangs, tear gas, rubber bullets, helicopters, armored vehicles.”, “We’re out here peacefully protesting, but they all act like they’re going to war.”. In fact, just listen to this woman in Levittown, Pennsylvania, explain her objections to a black family moving to town in 1957 with some real honesty. Obviously he’d have to be a complete idiot to tell you that in person, so he got me, Steve Guttenberg, to tell you instead. If that’s true, it’s absurd. John: Wow. And that is possible to do. But the person who fixes the situation is killing us. So we have to teach it better and continue to learn it, because it’s important for all of us to listen to the voices of history, whether they are a call to action, truly horrific, or a sad mummy orgasm. 2015 Season 1. The problem is how or even whether the government does that depends on who is running it and right now it’s this wildly unsuccessful Bible salesman. And as batshit as Grossman is, he is by no means a fringe figure in police culture. Yeah, thanks very much for that Congress. Phil Murphy, (D) New Jersey] Yes, it’s hot. Season 1 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. And then there was this case: [Kiro 7 News] A federal appeals court has ruled Seattle police used excessive force when they tasered a pregnant woman during a traffic stop in 2004. I refuse to call you an officer or a chief because you don’t deserve those titles. And it definitely doesn’t mean that kids shouldn’t learn about it. And the thing is, Joy Behar’s version of history, while distorted, is definitely more palatable, especially for white people, and seeking out misleadingly comforting versions of history is a pattern we’ve seen again and again this year. In fact that paperwork requirement in Cleveland that pissed off this egg—that came from a consent decree. Your email address will not be published. Now, that’s a phrase that on its face may sound alarming to some. John Oliver talks President Trump's inability to organize Puerto Rican disaster relief, the proposed Republican tax reform, and the shortcomings of forensic science - offering a glimpse at how CSI shows might be made more realistic. Obviously, he’s a little too comfortable with that word. She’s also reportedly claimed that alien DNA is being used in medical treatments, the government is run by reptilians, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from becoming religious. conspiracy theories: last week tonight with john oliver [full transcript] July 20, 2020 With conspiracy theories about coronavirus proliferating, John Oliver discusses why we’re prone to believe, how to distinguish fact from fiction, and what you can do to help others. 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