John Oliver Rips Paris Attackers in Expletive-Laced Tirade — NSFW Video

If you were expecting John Oliver to delicately send his regards to the people of France following the November 13 terrorist attacks, let’s just say you couldn’t have been more wrong.

Instead, the Last Week Tonight host took advantage of his basic-cable home on Sunday to send members of ISIS an explicit warning following their crimes against humanity, which left more than 130 people dead.

“Nothing about what these a—holes are trying to do is going to work,” Oliver said. “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—king luck, because go ahead [and] bring your bankrupt ideology; they’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Édith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, camembert, madeleines, macaroons, Marcel Proust and the f—king croquembouche. The croquembouche. You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self abnegation to a pastry fight, my friend… That [croquembouche] is a French freedom tower.”

Watch Oliver unspool his entire rant above, then head to the comments and let us know what you thought of his unexpectedly cathartic response.

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32 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    Less than two months ago same guy was telling me terrorists couldn’t possibly insert themselves in with the refugees and infiltrate Europe. Besides snark and buck teeth he literally has nothing to offer.

    • Angela says:

      I don’t recall him ever saying that. I think his main point was that we shouldn’t turn away people who are struggling to find shelter and safety on the basis of a few potential bad apples. Most of these refugees aren’t terrorists, they’re good people who need a safe place to live because their home country has been torn apart by war. And it’s not fair to punish them or stereotype them as a whole because some of them might have nefarious means. There’s got to be ways to keep tabs on potential threats without treating an entire group of people like second-class citizens.
      .
      As for his rant last night, really couldn’t have put it better.

      • Steven says:

        “There’s got to be ways to keep tabs on potential threats without treating an entire group of people like second-class citizens.”

        Apparently not. 129 people gave their lives to a misguided attempt to do so. I guess it’s easy to espouse something like this when you weren’t one of them or didn’t love one of them.

        • Youry says:

          The way that’s in place doesn’t cut it. That doesn’t mean we give up on finding a way. Fighting back is also not becoming the same as the enemy.

          • Steven says:

            Again, easy to say when you have the luxury of not being one of the 129 laying dead.

          • Youry says:

            Actually, no. Not easy to say. It’s exceedingly hard to not shout ‘bomb them all’ from the rooftops. But if we go that way, then these people will have succeeded in stripping us of our humanity. And 129 people will truly have died for nothing.

          • Steven says:

            So how many more additional deaths do you find acceptable to occur while you experiment with different solutions to the problem, then?

          • Angela says:

            Exactly, Youry. Add to that there are people who lose loved ones to violence who don’t seek that kind of violent retribution against an entire group of people in turn. They’re able to differentiate between the few nutjobs who did something horrific to someone they love and the vast majority of people of that ethnicity/religion who are good, decent people. Hell, some are even capable of remarkable acts of forgiveness in the process. Don’t assume that everyone who loses loved ones to violent events will feel and react the same way.
            .
            Be angry at what these evil people did, certainly. Their actions were appalling, and infuriating, and they deserve to be punished for their crimes. That is not up for debate. But we must channel that anger into legitimate, reasonable actions. It’ll work much better for everyone in the long run. Revenge may make people feel good, but only briefly, and it doesn’t solve the larger problems. Instead, it only sets up a vicious cycle.

        • DL says:

          You do understand the majority of the attackers weren’t refugees, right? There was one with a Syrian passport, true. But there were also Belgians and at least one French national. I won’t claim the refugee crisis doesn’t pose a risk, but you’re overstating its relevance to this attack.

        • KatsMom says:

          If you think it’s a good idea to fear and reject refugees because of this, then you’re giving the terrorists exactly what they’re looking for. Islamophobia in the west is what makes their numbers grow. It’s what allows them to recruit their operatives. They celebrate as they see borders close and refugees left without options, because they want to punish all those people who chose to flee rather than join their ranks. And they want to send a message to anyone who may be thinking of leaving. They want them to feel helpless, as if there is no option, because, again, it helps grow their numbers. You want people to consider the victims. I have. I will not spit on their graves by being stupid enough to give the enemy exactly what it wants. These terrorists want us to be afraid. These murderers want us to cower in the corner and embrace the xenophobic ideas, such as those you’re implicitly advocating here. Don’t give them that satisfaction, or, in my opinion, you’re disgracing the very loss of life that you’re imploring everyone to consider.

          • Annie says:

            RIGHT!? Like it is very sad for the victims and their families and I’d never downplay that. But there needs to be a conversation about how France has some of the most racist policies in Europe right now. We create a world where we treat every brown person like a terrorist, we tell them they aren’t welcome, that they are “backward” and horrible….are we shocked at when some of them decide to join ISIS? I’m not. If living as a human being is made intolerable because of your ethnic identity, at some point you just have enough and decide to leave. And militant organizations are right there with open arms to welcome them, churning all those feelings of non-belonging into a movement.
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            The best way to fight terrorism is to stop being so friggen racist – from government policies all the way down to our individual thoughts and actions. The more welcoming and friendly we are to new people, the more we encourage people to feel like they belong and can make an impact in their communities, the less reason people have to turn to militantism.

          • Becky says:

            Well said, KatsMom. Thanks.

      • The only good muslim is a dead muslim

        • B. Johnson says:

          When Timothy McVey bombed a building in Oklahoma City, did you say “the only good redneck is a dead redneck?” When John Muhammed and Lee Malvo were shooting people in D.C. did you say “the only good black person is a dead black person?” When Jennifer San Marco shot and killed half a dozen people did you say “the only good woman is a dead woman?” Where does it end? This kind of terrorism isn’t linked to race, religion, gender, etc. It is strictly the result of a sick and twisted mind. Sort of like the mind of someone who would make a comment like yours.

    • Luk says:

      A good number of the terrorists were French or Belgian citizens, so what are you even talking about?

    • Anna says:

      Apparently neither do you.

  2. Youry says:

    He did get the wtf-angle of the attack ‘ s goals right. I’m not able to laugh about it though.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Don’t know if that was very rude and immature on why John Oliver threw f-bombs about the attack in Paris and I know it’s HBO so it’s OK whenever profanity pops out.

    • Freddie says:

      Mr. Tran K – Sometimes profanity is simply a needed release for a deep-seated sentiment of helplessness and tremendous anger. Different people will express grief and outrage in different ways (for instance, the idea that other victims of terrorism should be kept out of North America because there may be wouldbe terrorists among their lot is bewildering to me). Let the man say what he wants to say. I’m not a fan of profanity either, but sometimes the occasion does call for it.

  4. Jim Salkas says:

    You go Jon Oliver!!!

  5. Whatevah says:

    I love John Oliver!

  6. Annie says:

    I was expecting more from him. He’s usually so aware of the larger implications of things and never holds himself back. I expected him to say this was not the action of all Muslims and that we need to check our racism going forward. I expected him to make reference to the terrorist attack the night before in Lebanon. I expected him to … I dunno, be more smart and John Oliver-y about it.

  7. Alexandra says:

    You can always count on John Oliver :)
    This made me laugh and it felt good to wake up and see this this morning after such a terrible last few days.

  8. John says:

    Yes, that will scare ’em.
    I’m sure we won’t have to worry about ISIS any more.

  9. Luis says:

    Drop the mic and start etching John Oliver’s name on an Emmy award

  10. FrenchRomane says:

    Laugh is the best way to show these people French people are not scared. And this guy made us laugh! I deeply thank him for that.