insistence on buying TV ads with the purpose of teaching important shit to inveterate square-eyes President Donald Trump
is well-meaning, but to date, we haven’t seen too many results.
If Oliver’s latest stunt does have its intended affect, the Prez might just learn a thing or two about sexual harassment
On the latest edition of Last Week Tonight, the Brit unveiled his new campaign addressing Trump’s recent support of conservative telly host Bill O’Reilly, who is facing a growing number of sexual harassment allegations.
ICYMI, Trump told The New York Times
that “Bill’s a good person,”
and “I don’t think Bill would do anything wrong.”
That’s despite advertisers leaving The O’Reilly Factor
in droves, and 21st Century Fox
taking the mounting accusations so seriously they’re running an internal inquiry.
So, Oliver said “Bill O’Reilly needs advertisers and Donald Trump needs to understand sexual harassment. And here is where we come in.”
The resulting ad, which Last Week Tonight has apparently shopped out to run during The O’Reilly Factor, says “repeated unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks in the workplace constitutes sexual harassment.
“If there’s a power disparity between the two parties, well, that’s about as inappropriate as lubricating a catheter with hot sauce, partner. Why would you do that?”
It goes on to address the issue more specifically, saying “and if you’ve got a friend who was accused of something like that over and over again, I might think twice about defending him, because that just contributes to a culture where women don’t want to come forward.”
Again, it’ll be a while before we see a reaction – if any, ’cause networks have been sluggish on the uptake – but there have definitely been worse ways to blow an advertising budget than by attempting to teach someone as demonstrably gross as Donald Trump about sexual harassment.
Last Week Tonight hasn’t been the only show to jump on the issue, either. Catch Saturday Night Live’s fiery Alec Baldwin double-take, right here:
Source: The Daily Beast / Last Week Tonight.
Photo: Last Week Tonight / YouTube.