On Sunday night, John Oliver recapped a very busy news week and briefly addressed the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
The Last Week Tonight host mentioned how this week marked the one-year anniversary of the infamous leak of the Access Hollywood tape that led to a “series of grim stories concerning the treatment of women,” which he tied to the ongoing controversy that’s rocking Hollywood.
“His response was infuriating because he and his attorneys admitted he needs help while also denying the charges and threatening to sue The Times,” Oliver said.
He then referred to Weinstein’s initial statement after the bombshell report was published, which read, “I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different… That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse…”
“You’re right, your excuse isn’t an excuse!” Oliver reacted. “In fact, it isn’t even an excuse for that behavior in the ’60s! ‘Well back then, we had no idea that women didn’t want to be forced to look at dicks.'”
Oliver noted one of the latest allegations that Weinstein masturbated in front of a local news reporter and ejaculated into a potted plant.
“Step aside Chocolat, you are no longer the most horrifying picture that Harvey Weinstein has ever produced,” Oliver quipped.
John Oliver is the first late-night comedian to address the controversy at length.
Watch the clip above, via HBO.
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