The world came far too close to the brink of a nuclear war last week, and all President Donald Trump did was egg it on. After railing against Trump’s inability to disavow Nazis, Oliver focused his main part of his show on the impending doom we face with two insane world leaders.
While it can be amusing to poke fun at North Korea, Oliver noted that it isn’t actually funny for people who actually live in the path of his fire.
“It’s a dark place, figuratively and literally,” said Oliver, showing a satellite image of the country at night with little to no lights coming from the country. They have so little electrical infrastructure that it’s one of the darkest places in the world. He said that it looks like a “divorced dad’s Christmas tree. He gave up halfway through decorating, got drunk and fell asleep watching Ken Burns’ Baseball.”
He went on to call the describe North Korea as having an “economy smaller than that of Birmingham, Alabama,” while Kim Jong-Un is “terrified of losing power.” The U.S. has become a kind of useful villain against Kim Jong-Un as a country that has everything North Korea wants from iPads to freedom of speech. However, there are brave activists working to change the way the country is viewed to the dictator by smuggling in USB drives. They’re packed with American TV shows like The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives and NCIS, which Oliver blasted as the worst possible television to represent us.
“Who the f*ck is watching NCIS?” Oliver asked. “All your mom’s friends and the people of North Korea.”
That’s why Oliver decided to take his message directly to the people North Korean, hoping that his friendly song with Weird Al Yankovic can be smuggled over the border. He hopes that North Koreans can understand that not all Americans are bad and egging on war like Trump. Thus, Yankovic launched his latest tune: “Please don’t nuke us, North Korea,” using an accordion, which apparently the country loves.
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.
Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US
Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.
The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.
The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."
Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.
Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition
A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.
The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.
This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."