Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Narendra Modi, India, Mike Bloomberg

Last Week TonightTonight marked the second new episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver this season, and there was definitely a lot of great stuff throughout. Oliver did spend at least a little bit of time dealing with Donald Trump headlines, but soon after that went after another target: Mike Bloomberg.

One of the most brilliant observations Oliver made tonight was the sheer number of Mike Bloomberg ads that exist — they’re everywhere. They are all of the air, they’re on the radio, and we’ve even listened to some of them prior to podcasts. Oliver at one point even talked about Bloomberg paying Instagram influencers to create fun memes related to his campaign. It is an innovative strategy, and it does show just how far he is willing to go in order to get his desired effect. That’s without even getting into some of Bloomberg’s most controversial policies — including stop-and-frisk.

This entire segment of Bloomberg was an evisceration of some of his policies, including him having a public apology not too long after he started his campaign.

For the main segment tonight, Oliver turned his focus over to Narendra Modi and India. It’s a subject that most American viewers don’t know a whole lot about — in other words, this is a perfect segment for this show. We got a much larger sense of his regime, including controversy over some of his policies. Yet, he’s also done some good for the country over the course of his time there — think in terms of what he’s done with the poor.

The segment played out overall in a way similar to many others we’ve seen — you got a real, nuanced sense of a person. Oliver’s capable of being complimentary when he needs to, but also capable of looking at someone’s many flaws and wondering if there is a way in order to fix them. We’re mostly curious to know precisely how this segment would be received in India, given the fact that he has definitely generated controversy for some of his takes on other countries.

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