Last Week Tonight Video: John Oliver Rips the Confederate Flag to Shreds

To be clear, John Oliver didn’t literally tear apart a Confederate flag during Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, but he did make it pretty clear how he feels about the ol’ Stars and Bars.

In response to South Carolina still flying the antiquated symbol outside of its capitol building — even after nine African-American churchgoers were senselessly gunned down by a white assailant this past week — Oliver had this to say:

The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on T-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world. … Oh, I’m sorry, is that a Confederate flag on your belt, LeAnne? Thanks for coming in, but the nanny position has already been filled.


As for the states still (proudly?) flying the Confederate flag, Oliver was kind enough to lay out a step-by-step plan for removing the glorified rag:

Now look, South Carolina, and indeed any state that flies this flag — even as part of their actual state flag, Mississippi (holy s–t!) — now might be a great time out of respect, not just for the events of this week but for the events of the past several centuries … to lower the flag down to half-staff. And then, when it’s at half-staff, why don’t you keep lowering it all the way down? And once you’re holding it in your hands, take it off the flagpole completely, fold it — or don’t bother — put it in a flag, label it ‘bad flag’ and put it somewhere no one can see it.


Hit PLAY on Oliver’s rant above, then drop a comment with your own take below.