Why I Can’t Watch John Oliver

A friend suggested I give John Oliver, the cringe worthy British host of late night television, another try, this time on an issue where, in theory, he should have some skin in the game: The brexit. Here’s Oliver’s take on it:

I’m going to go through his “points” on by one:

  1. The name United Kingdom now sounds sarcastic. OK, I’ll give you that one, Oliver.
  2. Because the UK voted to leave the EU. OK, that makes no sense. How does leaving the EU make the UK any less united?
  3. David Cameron resigning is like an ice cream, Brexit is like a child being hit by a car. Implication: the 52% who voted to leave the EU are like child killers.
  4. The Brexit referendum was Cameron’s idea. Hey, this point is pretty good.
  5. Nigel Farrage’s face is punchable. As is yours, Oliver.
  6. Britain was already independent. Except that it had to comply with policies created in Brussels by unelected commissars, and there were plans to further curtail the independence of the member states.
  7. The UK is what many other countries celebrate their independence from. Implication: You should feel bad about things that were done before you were born.
  8. Brexit is like the wholesale destruction of London in ID2. Yes, definite equivalence there.
  9. Nigel Farage doesn’t support what Boris Johnson said, therefore he’s autoerotic. What a sound chain of reasoning.
  10. Northern Ireland and Scotland are likely to seek independence and the EU may negotiate hard to try to convince other member states they shouldn’t leave. OK, back to actual good points.
  11. A Portuguese woman is worried about her future. Understandable. Change is scary.
  12. David Cameron did something immoral. Well, he is a politician.
  13. Boris Johnson is a liar. You may want to back up that claim (or maybe you did in a previous rant I didn’t watch).
  14. Johnson and Farage quoted Bill Pullman. OK, I agree that RL politicians quoting imaginary movie politicians is pretty funny.

pullmanI guess what I find distasteful is the combination of illuminating true human suffering (the Portuguese woman and her children are worried about the future), spreading misinformation (Britain was already perfectly independent; yes, I added “perfectly”, but it was implied, IMO), and saying some truly funny stuff (politicians are quoting Independence Day). Oliver, I don’t know whether to tip my hat to you, laugh at you, or laugh at your wit.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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