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The Oliver Effect: John Oliver And FIFA

For a show that serves as a review of the past week’s news, it’s a little odd how often Last Week Tonight is actually ahead of the curve, almost as if Oliver has some weird super power.

He really does have a knack for picking issues, doesn't he? I like John Oliver because he actually seems to give a f*ck about corruption in high places -- something we're not used to seeing on our teevee screen. Via Bustle:

John Oliver has only been hosting HBO’s Last Week Tonight for a little over a year, but in that time, he’s had an uncanny talent for making fun of problems or issues in a way that gets people’s attention beyond his Sunday night time slot. On his most recent show, Oliver pledged to sponsors of FIFA that he would happily consume their products if they could “make Sepp Blatter go away” and pull their support for FIFA. He’d wear a pair of weird Nike shoes, take a bite out of every item on McDonald’s value menu, and even drink a Bud Light Lime.

For a show that serves as a review of the past week’s news, it’s a little odd how often Last Week Tonight is actually ahead of the curve, almost as if Oliver has some weird super power. Like on Tuesday, when, a few days after Oliver’s rant, Blatter resigned amid reports he was under investigation. Now, there’s nothing so far as to suggest the sponsors had anything whatsoever to do with Blatter’s resignation, but Oliver had a little fun with the news and appeared to make good on at least one of his promises. Soon after the resignation news broke, Oliver tweeted out a picture of a bucket of Bud Light Lime bottles with the single word “Champagne.”


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