John Oliver wasted little time in addressing the key information occasion of the previous week on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight: Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
He first turned to CNN and its on-air gaffe final week in chopping from protection of the invasion to an Applebee’s industrial that includes a rustic tune and a person in blue denims and boots shaking his derriere that was a jarring juxtaposition from the information protection.
“CNN during its coverage of air-raid sirens in Kyiv somehow found a way to make it even worse with this terrible transition to break,” he mentioned, then displaying this clip.
Really, CNN? There’s this factor referred to as tone and tact. Look it up. Because your mixing of commercials and all hell breaking out in Europe is not working. pic.twitter.com/yhnag26JQ5
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Said Oliver: “It’s not great, is it? It’s not just that they cut to a commercial for a restaurant whose food can only be described as ‘sometimes warm,’ it’s just so aggressively American. From the country song that thinks listing food counts as lyrics all the way to this human Boot Barn shaking his nonexistent ass.”
Oliver then learn a part of Applebee’s assertion on the incident: “We are deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. … [The ad] never should have aired, and we are disappointed in the actions of the network.”
Quipped Oliver: “That’s some deft international diplomacy from the home of both the ‘grilled oriental chicken salad’ and the ‘tipsy leprechaun.’”
(After the opening phase, Oliver performed a produced montage of “notable moments” in historical past being interrupted by the Applebee’s industrial, similar to former President Barack Obama asserting that Obama bin Laden had been killed, Walter Cronkite telling the nation that President John F. Kennedy had died after being shot, the decision being learn within the O.J. Simpson trial and information of Princess Diana’s dying.)
Oliver then chastised former president George W. Bush for his personal phrases on the Russia-Ukraine battle, studying this line from Bush’s assertion: “I join the international community in condemning Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.”
Said Oliver: “Hold on, George. Not from you. You are not the guy for this one. Because that statement only would have made sense if it ended with ‘Oh shit, now I hear it. Sorry. I’ll shut the fuck up now.”
Oliver additionally famous that Russian state media has been reporting false tales in regards to the Ukraine as a part of its propaganda machine for a very long time, together with Putin’s declare that he’s combating for the “denazification” of Ukraine even though its president, Volodymr Zelensky, is Jewish and had kin who died throughout the Holocaust.
Oliver additionally confirmed a clip of a dialog between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sergey Naryshkin, director of the Foreign Intelligence Service in Russia, at a gathering the place the latter was arguing for one final try at diplomacy earlier than invading the nation however being intimidated by Putin.
“Unfortunately for that guy, he clearly forgot the best strategy for public speaking in Russia which is, just imagine the entire audience in their underwear, and Vladimir Putin pointing a pistol at your head. It really focuses the mind,” Oliver mentioned, calling Putin “an autocrat, a tyrant, a warmonger. But also, he’s kind of a huge bitch.”