Nightly & Daily: Capitalism, Peanut Butter, and Volkswagen

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The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Larry gives the “Extremely low bar” award to Pope Francis for actually acknowledging the Catholic church’s problems with sexual abuse, something the previous Pope never did. Wilmore then, following Pope Francis’ reference to capitalism as the “dung of the devil,” gets into a new series called Devil’s Dung Pile. He first takes aim at Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, who exploited AIDS patients by increasing the price of a pill by over 4,000% from $13.50 to $750. Larry muses, “I know exploiting AIDS and cancer patients for profit sounds like evil in its purist form,” letting that assumption hang before moving on with ” . . . Anyway,” and showing that even Trump thought the move was disgusting.

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Larry continues by throwing a few more capitalists on his Devil’s Dung Pile. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years for knowingly distributing peanut butter tainted with salmonella. Wilmore digs into Parnell, but also places some blame elsewhere, saying, “This is why it always gets me when people say … we gotta get rid of the FDA. If anything we need them to get the D out of their A and get the F to work!”

Wilmore leaves time to hit Volkswagen for deliberately programming their cars to cheat on emissions test, making the bold accusation, “Volkswagen, this is the second worst thing you’ve ever been associated with,” adding, to the audience, “Google it! Keyword: 1930s. Look it up.”

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