Last Week Tonight host John Oliver revealed on Sunday that his attempt to raise “seed money” for his perfectly legal mock mega-church exceeded his expectations, showing viewers boxes full of correspondence to go with the actual seed bags and cash donated to the campaign.
“We also received multiple checks, including this one for $65 billion dollars, which you might have sent in as a joke,” Oliver explained. “But guess what? We’re f*cking cashing it.”
Oliver said that the Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption church had received thousands of dollars since he unveiled the campaign last week while reporting on “prosperity gospel” preachers.
In one case, he said, a viewer sent in a $100 trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.
“I was actually genuinely excited about this and was about to send 100 trillion blessings your way,” Oliver said to the unidentified donor. “Until I checked the exchange rate and found out this is worth about 40 cents. So now, I wouldn’t even bless you if you f*cking sneeze.”
He also showed the audience actual seed bags that he received, stressing that the term “seed money” was strictly metaphorical for his purposes.
“The more money you send in, the more blessings will be returned to you,” he insisted. “And that is still something I’m — amazingly — legally allowed to say.”
As Newsweek reported, the success of Oliver’s original report has prompted scrutiny against the Internal Revenue Service for failing to monitor “prosperity gospel” churches more closely.
Watch Oliver’s commentary, as posted online, below.
‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters
The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.
Here are some of the videos from the scene.
Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
Protesters march on mayor’s mansion in NYC as criticism grows against Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.
The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.
Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.