Speed Reads


John Oliver sarcastically cheers Hollywood for freezing out Harvey Weinstein, mocks Trump on ObamaCare

John Oliver returned to thrashing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, but he also had some words about the industry that looked the other way, illustrating his point with the reaction to a disgusting story from actress Angie Everhart. "That's just Harvey — he's like a sex criminal version of the Kool-Aid Man," Oliver paraphrased. He noted that, incredibly, some famous people originally defended Weinstein before later apologizing, and appeared underwhelmed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicking Weinstein out while declaring that "the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over."

"Yes," Oliver said, "finally, the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out."

President Trump was also busy last week, Oliver said, taking bold steps to kill ObamaCare. "Yes, Trump's plan is going to make insurance more expensive and lose the federal government more money," he explained. "It's a strategy you can read about in his book The Art of Being Bad at Stuff (Including Book Titling, no end parentheses." Republicans know raising premiums by 20 percent is bad politics, and some had been able to talk him out of it before, Oliver said. "The problem is, Republicans are playing checkers and Trump is playing Chex — that's right, Chex, the game of stress-eating Chex Mix because you do not understand your job." Watch below. Peter Weber