John Oliver asks Right Said Fred to annoy Syria’s Assad with ‘too awful’ song

By Tom Boggioni
Monday, June 9, 2014 8:13 EDT
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On his Last Week Tonight show on HBO, host John Oliver invited one-hit wonders Right Said Fred on to sing a revamped version of their 1991 dance pop hit “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt” for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is a fan of the band.

Calling Assad, “half-mass murderer and half your creepy sophomore-year roommate,” Oliver notes that a trove of the Syrian President’s emails were leaked two years ago giving the world “a glimpse of his music tastes.”

Showing a clip of CNN’s John King pointing out that Assad purchased LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” off of iTunes at the same time “the people of Syria have been fighting and dying for their freedom,” Oliver summed up Assad’s choice of music.

“LMFAO? So we’re dealing with someone with the political instincts of a young Joseph Stalin, and the music tastes of a 14-year-old girl from Orange County named Tiffany.”

Oliver added that Assad had also purchased Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt,” before noting how frustrating it was that we are “powerless” to hurt Assad.

“I guess we could find something he loves and turn it against him,” Oliver suggested. “We could track down, let’s say, Right Said Fred and we could — hypothetically — fly them over here all the way from London to perform a specially re-written anti-Assad version of their greatest hit. But would it really be worth all that time and expense just for the momentary catharsis of mildly irritating one of the worst people on the planet?”

Oliver then introduced the band who performed the new version of the song while he danced behind them holding a sign reading: ‘U RA DICK ASSAD.’

Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight:

Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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