Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: FIFA caught on corruption charges, the Thai love for Hitler
June 3, 2015 8:03 AM - Season 2, Episode 15 - Subscribe

This week: Cuba is removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Nebraska becomes the 19th US state to abolish the death penalty. Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage by a 2-to-1 margin. And Now: Newscasters Finding The Fact That They Don't Know Words Hilarious. (Watch for the THUG LIFE joke.) The main story: FIFA is revisited as issues with corruption have resulted in successful criminal prosecution against FIFA officials in the United States. YouTube. (13m) The indictment, which Oliver recommends you read due to being "amazing," is here. (164p PDF) And Now: Bernie Sanders Asks Interviewers Questions. And finally, we look at Adolf Hitler's bizarre cachet in Thailand, where his image is used as a general mascot and cultural signifier. Who would be better than Hitler? Rip Taylor, who appears in a segment stating his case.

EXTRA: From last week, a web exclusive, Lost Graphics (YouTube 4m), images made by the show's art department that they haven't found a use for.
posted by JHarris (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A little later...
posted by Wordshore at 10:21 AM on June 3, 2015 [5 favorites]

I'm assuming next week's show will have him wearing those ridiculous shoes.
posted by asperity at 11:33 AM on June 3, 2015

Also, that article's great, and it's delightful that the prom-goers are still together.
posted by asperity at 11:53 AM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

Hey, Rip Taylor's still around!
posted by psoas at 3:36 PM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

I don't think I've ever seen John Oliver that giddy without a T-shirt cannon in his hand.
posted by absalom at 9:39 AM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

A little later...

On the other hand, it’s far from clear it was the corporate sponsors that brought Blatter down. In fact, it seems more likely, according to a report in the New York Times, that Blatter was the focus of an ongoing corruption investigation and that U.S. officials involved in the probe hope to win cooperation of some of the FIFA officials indicted last week to work their way up the food chain.
Don't do it!
posted by homunculus at 10:42 AM on June 5, 2015

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