2016 can suck it.
John Oliver made no secret as to what a “an uncommonly sh*tty year” we’ve been subjected to in a fully free episode of Last Week Tonight, which he capped off with a giant middle finger to the year of hell.
After celebs like Amy Schumer, Kathy Griffin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Weird Al Yankovic flipped the bird to the horrible past twelve months, Oliver concluded the ep by blowing up a giant “2016” sign. For real, with high explosives and everything!
Before the big boom, the British comedian spent most of the episode trying to process the outcome of the election, reminding everyone just how badly we messed up. He said:
“Instead of showing our daughters that they could some day be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world.”
Yup, that about sums it up.
The political commentator then cautioned viewers against blind optimism once Trump takes office, adding:
“Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you’ve got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and he’s not normal. He’s abnormal. He’s a human ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ He sticks out like a sore thumb, and, frankly, he even looks like a sore thumb.”
Aside from the President-elect, Oliver noted to watch out for his soon-to-be VP Mike Pence, who “looks like he’s from the 1950s, but he thinks like he’s from the 1650s.”
As for where to go next, Oliver encouraged viewers to vote, buy newspaper subscriptions (now who’s from the ├óΓé¼╦£60s?), and donate to progressive organizations in jeopardy under a Trump administration — like Planned Parenthood and International Refugee Assistance Project.
Perfectly summing up the election, the late night host reminded viewers just how “f*cked up” the next four years will be. He continued:
“Keep reminding yourself, ‘This is not normal.’ Because a Klan-backed, misogynist Internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address, and that is not normal. It’s f*cked up.”
We couldn’t agree more! Ch-ch-check out the entire episode (below)!
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