John Oliver took full advantage of the linguistic freedoms afforded by HBO to unload an incredulous, obscenity-filled rant against the perpetrators of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night. Kicking off his Sunday broadcast of "Last Week Tonight," Oliver warned viewers that their ears were about to be scorched by a "moment of premium cable profanity," and he wasn't kidding:
"Fuck these assholes, fuck them—if I may say—sideways," Oliver declared with signature British decorum.
The funniest part of the brief tirade came toward the end, when Oliver confidently argued that "nothing about what these assholes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure, and I'll tell you why. If you're in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good fucking 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 fucking croquembouche!"