On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver broke down the upcoming French presidential election, and ended the segment with a powerful message for the people of France.
Oliver spent some time on his HBO show covering candidate Marine Le Pen, who is the president of the far-right National Front. Le Pen is anti-immigrant, and wishes to ban the wearing of hijabs, turbans, and yarmulkes in public.
Oliver played a clip from an interview with Le Pen from 2012 in which she said, “Would you accept 12 illegal immigrants moving into your flat? You wouldn’t. On top of that, they start to remove the wallpaper! Some of them would steal your wallet and brutalize your wife.”
“Hold on: brutalizing your wife and stealing your wallet, again, that’s just boilerplate racism. But ‘people are coming to take my wallpaper’ is something a crazy person says,” Oliver said. “No one wants your wallpaper, you catastrophically weird person!”
Oliver also made an appeal to French people’s sense of superiority.
“You in France love nothing more than acting like you are better than America. Well, now is your chance to prove that. Because we made populist, nativist choices with Brexit and Trump. And to be honest, it’s not working out so great for us so far,” Oliver said. “Just imagine how superior you can feel if you don’t make the same mistake that we did.”
Oliver then tried to convince France to listen to him in the “restrained manner” that the French supposedly prefer. The colour changed into black and white, and Oliver’s desk was transformed into a French bistro with a man playing the accordion.
“Don’t f— up, too,” Oliver said in French while smoking a cigarette.
Watch the whole John Oliver segment below:
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