Angry John Oliver slams U.S. media for ‘insulting’ coverage of London attack
As a British person living in America, John Oliver had a few things to say after the terror attack in London on Saturday night.
During Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, the comedian took aim at reports on CNN, Fox News, and The New York Times saying that Britain was “reeling” after the attack.
“OK, here’s the thing: For the record, in no way is Britain ‘under siege,’” he said.
“Is it upset? Yes. Is it pissed off? Oh, you fucking bet it’s pissed off. But to say it’s ‘under siege’ and that its people are ‘reeling’ is to imply that it’s somehow weak enough to be brought to its knees by three monumental assholes. And that, as an idea, is insulting.”
Then, he reported about the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling, which was trending on Twitter in response to those reports:
“Honestly, it was an uplifting demonstration of quintessentially British defiance because the British people are never going to let terror change their way of life. And if you need proof of this, just look at this footage of people being evacuated from the scene. You see that one guy there?” he said, referring to the image of a man fleeing the London attack with beer in hand.
“He refused to leave his pint of beer behind! That is a one-man walking ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster.”