After a long hiatus, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returned tonight with a new episode! Of course, with that there was a lot to discuss.
So what did Oliver choose to focus on for the first part of his episode? Think in terms of the Michael Cohen tapes, which he called “potentially huge” but also unsurprising given the assumption that President Donald Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting involving his son. Also, he talked about whether or not tweeting can constitute obstruction of justice. This led to a Rudy Giuliani clip, which seems to be one of Oliver’s favorite things.
From here, though, Oliver veered off into a pretty surprising subject: Facebook. While the company losing more than $100 billion is certainly notable, at the same time we just assumed this would be dominated by politics tonight. (With that being said, the references to Myspace and Tom were downright hilarious.) Oliver attacked a famous ad for the company and some of their other recent lowlights, including their misuse of virtual reality and a number of other things.
We will say this: We learned a little bit about Facebook tonight that we didn’t know beforehand. Who knew that Facebook really had virtual reality of this sort?
Beyond this, we also appreciated Oliver’s attack on the dog-face filter, otherwise known as the most over-used filter ever. What’s the point of that? We still don’t understand and there’s a good chance that we never will.
The opening of the show concluded with Oliver releasing a fake version of the Facebook ad, one discussing how much money Facebook made off of its consumers. This ad seemed to be narrated by Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch, or at least someone who sounded just like him. Basically, this Facebook ad actually gave a much more honest assessment as to what Facebook really is.
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