On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver mourned the passing of venerable electronics chain Radio Shack, which filed for bankruptcy last week. He noted the “glib, jokey” tone financial commentators –and Americans, in general — took over the closing of the stores.
Showing television business reporters joking that the company still had ‘Radio’ in its name in this day and age, Oliver compared the reporters to young people mocking an elderly grandfather at the dinner table.
“Hey! This is a dying 94-year-old business,” an excited Oliver exclaimed. “At this point it’s like you’re sitting across from your grandfather at Thanksgiving dinner saying, ‘You know I don’t really see the point of grandpa Fred in 2015. Frankly I’m sort of surprised he still exists.'”
Saying Radio Shack has been there for America when they needed them, the staff at Last Week Tonight created a farewell commercial message ad for The Shack, with Oliver telling the company to “feel free to use it.”
“For nearly a century, we at Radio Shack have proudly served America. Providing you with the highest quality home electronics at the best prices,” the narrator explains. “And now, sadly, it’s time for us to say goodbye. And so we would like to offer this special farewell message to America: ‘Go f*ck yourselves.’ That’s right. Take a 30-pack of batteries and shove them directly up your *ss.”
The ad continues on in that vein, explaining that everyone will someday end up like Radio Shack — obsolete and dead — and Radio Shack will be there, “standing over your grave, laughing our *sses off.”
Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight: