John Oliver is first late night host to attack Harvey Weinstein

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Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the release of Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” tape that should have ended his chances at becoming president, and “we marked the one-year anniversary of the Access Hollywood tape with a series of grim stories concerning the treatment of women,” said John Oliver on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight.

The New York Times published a bombshell report revealing that Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein had subjected women to decades of sexual harassment. The report came out Thursday, but not one late night host took Weinstein to task that night and SNL removed any jokes they wrote about it. (Honorable mention goes to Trevor Noah, who made a passing remark in the midst of an unrelated segment.) Although details were still coming out by the time most shows taped Thursday afternoon (and Colbert and Kimmel tape their Friday shows on Thursday), there’s no excuse for SNL not to have mentioned it, and conservatives were quick to accuse the country’s comedians of trying to protect one of the most powerful men in their industry.

John Oliver had no problem going after him Sunday. “The Times published a massive exposé detailing movie executive Harvey Weinstein’s years of alleged sexual harassment, and his response was infuriating,” Oliver remarked, “because he and his attorneys admitted that he needs help while also denying the charges and threatening to sue the Times.”

“And on top of that all, was this,” Oliver said, revealing the statement in which Weinstein said, “I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse.”

“Yeah, you’re right: your excuse isn’t an excuse,” Oliver shot back. “In fact, it isn’t even an excuse for that behavior in the ’60s: ‘Well, back then we had no idea that women didn’t want to be forced to look at dicks! That wasn’t discovered by scientists until 1998. It was a different time.’”

Oliver then went on to remark on the latest news regarding the rift between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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