Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vladimir Putin
February 20, 2017 3:26 PM - Season 4, Episode 2 - Subscribe

So, what happened last week?
  • President Trump continues to amplify unquestioningly whatever whimsical story was presented on Fox News, this time that Sweden is having problems with immigrants, which Sweden denies.
  • The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong-nam (Wikipedia), was poisoned in an airport, by a woman who claims she was told to do it as part of a reality show.
  • A Florida man plotted to have bombs placed in 10 Target stores in order to drive stock prices down.
  • AND NOW: Fox & Friends is Painfully Aware of Who is Watching Them
  • MAIN STORY: Russia, specifically Vladimir Putin (YouTube, 20m). Him, his regime, how he's profited, what happens to those who oppose him, and Trump's fascination for him. LWT produced a short dance number about him, refering to the Russian pop song praising Putin.

The list of Trump news stories drowning out other things, in the last week Trump: designated the press as enemies of the American People, had his EPA-hating head of the EPA confirmed, lost his nominee for Labor Secretary and his National Security Advisor, and signed a bill removing Barack Obama's protections for waterways from coal mining waste.

"President Trump," two words that will always sound unnatural together, like "Fuckable Clown," or "Wolf Blitzer."

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posted by JHarris (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This episode made me laugh so loud & cathartically, i really needed it.
posted by bleep at 8:33 PM on February 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

That Florida Man story shocked the heck out of me. I had no idea that had happened this week, and I've been following the news pretty avidly.
posted by rednikki at 9:03 PM on February 20, 2017

Starting to wonder if I should start tweeting at donald about, say, that one time in the 80s wherea bunch of germans were viciously attacked by muslims in Mexico just a few days before a diminutive latin american mugged some poor englishmen and see if he bites.

Also, Theresa May looks a Spitting Image puppet that has came to life.

Not that it ultimately makes any difference whatsoever, but it's incredibly creepy how Putins' cult of personality really muddies the water between hits ordered by him and shit his underlings do to please him.
posted by lmfsilva at 2:26 AM on February 21, 2017

The Putin segment has had me laughing for days. Dancing, flying penises, pooping on a car, and THAT CATCHY SONG BEING STUCK IN YOUR HEAD.
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:19 PM on February 21, 2017

If anyone is interested, the full, original music video for Такого Как Путин (One Like Putin) [video is Russian with English subtitles] is a must watch.
posted by Itaxpica at 10:18 PM on February 21, 2017

That song makes this 2009 Eurovision entry make a lot more sense.
posted by asperity at 2:28 PM on February 27, 2017

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