Two days after a series of coordinated strikes across Paris left at least 129 people dead, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver ripped into the attackers with stirring, pointed, and profanity laced monologue on Sunday night.
“Look, it’s hardly been 48 hours and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain,” Oliver said. “And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can be said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity.”
He then blasted the attackers, calling them “gigantic f—ing a–holes — unconscionable flaming a–holes — possibly working with other f—ing a–holes, definitely working in service of an ideology of pure a–holery.”
Oliver added, “And this goes almost without saying, f— these a–holes. F– them, if I may say, sideways.”
Oliver then discussed why the goal of the attacks was destined to fail. “France is going to endure. And I’ll tell you why: If you’re in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f—ing luck! Because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology; they’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the f—ing croquembouche. The croquembouche! You’ve just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friends! You are f—ed! That is a French freedom tower!”
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, and on Sunday, France bombed the Syrian city of Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold. French president François Hollande had said his country would be “unforgiving with the barbarians” who perpetrated the attacks.