John Oliver has opened the latest edition of his show, commending New Zealand’s reaction to the Christchurch terror attacks.
US talkshow host and comedian John Oliver has praised New Zealand for how “it’s been showing its strength in how it’s been responding” to the Christchurch mosque shooting.
Oliver opened the latest episode of his Last Week Tonight show with the New Zealand flag in the background, before launching into a monologue praising the country’s resilience in the wake of the shootings which left 50 people dead.
Oliver said it wasn’t “just a disgusting act” from the alleged shooter, but that it was “a total affront to the basic values of the people of New Zealand.”
“New Zealand is an incredible place and I know we make fun of it on this show all the time. Honestly, there is nothing I like more than making fun of New Zealand, but part of that may be that controversies over there tend to get handled with calm and good cheer,” Oliver said.R
Oliver referenced the infamous flag debate from 2015 and 2016 as one of the reasons why he admired the country.
“How can you not a love a country that has a contest to design a new flag for itself and someone submits a kiwi bird with lasers coming out its eyes,” he joked.
“New Zealand is amazing, and it’s been showing its strength in how it’s been responding to this tragedy,” he concluded before turning his attentions to the comments made by Australian senator Fraser Anning in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
Those comments saw him get egged by a teenager Will Connolly at a rally in Melbourne. But “Eggboy”, as he’s come to be known, appears to have had the last laugh with bands offering him free tickets to concerts for life.