On this week's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted the show's main segment to roasting the country's major chicken companies, whose reputation for abusing animals is just a shade more abhorrent than their treatment of the farmers who raise the chicks. In an industry that grows 160 million chicks per week to feed America's obsession with chicken—"That's clean-shaven Leonardo DiCaprio on a yacht anchored outside the Cannes Film Festival. That's a lot of chicks. That's an unmanageable amount of chicks."—you'd think major profits would be enjoyed by the poultry farmers who supply the meats.

Unfortunately, most farmers are living below or near the poverty line and face retaliation from the chicken companies for daring to speak out against their conditions. "How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?" Oliver questions.

Nearly all the farms operating in the USA are contract farms, meaning the land and machinery are owned by farmers, while the chickens and the product are owned by companies like Pilgrim's, Sanderson Farms, Tyson and Perdue. "You own everything that costs money, we own everything that makes money," as Oliver lays it out. Farmers who speak out face retaliation from chicken companies, like ranking the farmer's chicks a lower grade, putting them in a bad position when it comes time to be compensated. If farmers don't get a good ranking, they face the prospect of losing their farms and their homes.

Of course chicken companies won't acknowledge this issue. "Which poverty line are you referring to? Is that a national poverty line? Is that a state poverty line?" National Chicken Council spokesperson Tom Super idiotically questions. "The poverty line in Mississippi and Alabama is different than it is in New York City." It's even bad at a government level. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's amendment to give protection to farmers to speak out against chicken companies was voted down in mere seconds.

In true John Oliver style, the segments ends with jangly guitar music, a startlingly-appropriate clip from Michael Bay's masterpiece The Rock and a rallying cry of "chicken fuckers" if eligible members of the House Appropriations Committee vote down Kaptur's amendment again. Because "chicken fucker accusations do not come off a Wikipedia page easily."