John Oliver takes on YouTube conspiracy videos by making his own conspiracy video in this web exclusive from Last Week Tonight. The show was on break this week, so Oliver created a special exclusive for YouTube, and what better way to reach a YouTube audience than with a conspiracy video?
YouTube conspiracy videos are “science fiction for people who don’t know they’re watching science fiction,” Oliver says, but he also admits he’s jealous of “the sheer scale of imagination required to believe that the Denver airport was designed by the Illuminati, or that Katy Perry is actually JonBenÃ©t Ramsey all grown up.” YouTube is filled with these kinds of theories, and they all possess a wild claim, “an eye for incredibly specific detail, and the ability to make wild accusations with complete confidence.”
So, John uses these guidelines to make his own conspiracy about Cadbury Creme Eggs “a terrible candy that tastes like mermaid placenta covered in candle wax.” Despite the fact that, as Oliver claims, nobody likes them, the cream-filled chocolate eggs show up every year. Oliver’s theory about why take his from the egg size, which is 34 grams, Miracle on 34th Street, to Christmas, to five golden rings, to gold, to Germany, to the UK, which is “quick and affordable flight from, guess where? That’s right. Germany!” And of course he somehow gets around to the Illuminati, Jay-Z, and BeyoncÃ©.
Once he’s finished, Oliver has to admit, “Now, I have no idea if any of that is true. In fact… I’m pretty sure most of it is completely false. But it felt amazing to say, and it almost made sense.”