So touching to see John Oliver so visibly moved like this.
The Last Week Tonight host went on his HBO show on Sunday evening and — despite having an already pre-planned routine that he’d been preparing all week, spoke off the cuff about the horrible nightclub terror tragedy in Orlando.
The fiery TV host didn’t hold back in his very brief comments addressed to the audience at the very top of his show, after which things more or less ran normally.
But it’s what John said — and how he said it — that is attracting so much attention.
He opened it up by seeing the good in America with a message about the club, and Latin night, and Disney World (below):
“As I’m sure you know by now, at least 50 people were killed by a gunman at a gay nightclub in what is being described as a terrorist attack. And look, it’s still early and details are still emerging, and right now, this just hurts. And the worst thing is, this pain is so familiar. In Paris last November, terrorists seemed to target places that symbolize everything that is wonderful about France ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ culture, music, restaurants. And in Orlando early this morning, a gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world. And for the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol of what is truly wonderful about America.”
Oliver then continued on, discussing how thousands of Orlando citizens came out to donate blood after the tragedy, and that because of their closeness, that community trumped the terrorist’s plans to wreak lasting havoc on the city:
“It’s hard to even know what to do in the wake of an event like this. We do have a comedy show for you. We’ll begin it in a minute with what will seem like jarringly inappropriate jangly music, and I’m sure there will be much more to say about Orlando going forward, but for right now, on a day when some dipsh*t terrorist wants us to focus on one man’s act of brutality and hatred, it might be worth seeing this video, which was posted to Twitter today. It shows hundreds and hundreds of people this morning lining up around the block in Florida waiting to donate blood. And it kind of reminds you that that terrorist dipsh*t is vastly outnumbered.”
And very well-said at a very critical time.
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[Image via Last Week Tonight/HBO.]