The Monarchy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Published 2022-11-13
John Oliver discusses the future of the British monarchy, what they have and have not acknowledged about their past, and how Winston Churchill preferred to go down waterslides.

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All Comments (21)
  • John Kennedy
    We will not blame him for the crimes of his ancestors if he relinquishes the royal rights of his ancestors; but as long as he claims their rights, by virtue of descent, then, by virtue of descent, he must shoulder the responsibility for their crimes.” —James Connolly on George V
  • Crystal Lewis
    This episode did in fact air in full on the Sky network. Way to go, Mr. Oliver.
  • Andrew A
    "Why they are working so hard not to offend a family who's name was branded into people skin, and who sit atop a pile of stolen wealth, wearing crowns adorned with other countries treasures" well done to whomever wrote that. Power piece of text.
  • Wangoru Kihara
    My Dad (still very much alive) was forced to live in those "Mau Mau" camps. The colonialists arrested my grandfather my dad and his brothers helpless. He had to move from camp to camp so that he could get back home while grandpa was in prison. In each camp, he spent ~1month while the colonizers sorted his paperwork of movement!

    The atrocities conducted by that empire is still very much being felt today!
  • Covers By Dcap
    Fun fact John

    The name 'Mau Mau' is not actually in the kikuyu language but actually just a phrase conjured up by the colonialist at the time from what they used to hear kikuyu people chant to them. The phrase/word that they would chant repeatedly was 'Uma' which translates to 'Get out' as a way of telling the British to go away from their lands. The word being said over and over, 'uma uma' was heard by the British as Mau Mau and thus the name was born.
  • Grace Mureithi
    This piece is deep. The atrocities the British committed in the colonies in the name of the queen were horrendous. My grandmother lost her seven brothers in the Mau Mau war. She was imprisoned and tortured twice. I have nothing to celebrate about her.
  • bcw bcw
    Irish Times: “Having a monarchy next door is a little like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and has daubed their house with clown murals, displays clown dolls in each window and has an insatiable desire to hear about and discuss clown-related news stories. More specifically, for the Irish, it’s like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and, also, your grandfather was murdered by a clown.”
  • Weyoun Six
    I like those two girls' reactions, not rude, just honest. Still obviously saying it's a sad time because a person died, someone who their country all knew, and deaths are in general a sad thing. But why care or worry about it when that person did absolutely nothing for you your entire life? It's reasonable, people have their own problems to care about.
  • Mysterious U
    John, I am also in the minority of "I don't care about the monarchy". My grandfather was deputy chief during the British rule in India. He was asked to arrest Gandhi and this was during the last years of ruling. He said "I wouldn't and you give me a valid reason what Mr Gandhi did wasn't just that it requires an arrest". The man high above my grandfather's position, sent him to prison. Since my grandfather was a man of principles, they released him after 3 days. In this day and age, we don't need monarchy and they are so backward in thinking😅🤣
  • That graphic with the shadow cast over Africa is truly a magnificent work of design and art!
  • Dragon Fiesta
    its weird that most countries have social programs to help the poor, but the UK is like, lets give one family of unemployed people all of the money
  • S V
    Well done, team. I lived in Kenya for two years, in the early 80s. It still brings tears to my eyes, what they did there.
  • John Oliver. The only Oliver who hates the monarchy more than Cromwell.
  • Sly Sly
    as someone called lizzie, hearing a bunch of people sing "lizzie's in a box" with such glee honestly put a big open-mouthed smile on my face. sing that shit at my funeral, please
  • Justi Siempre
    What a jewel of a show. Thank you. Thank you. I am a boomer who grew up in San Francisco surrounded by the global headlines and blaring TV stories of rebellion and liberation in the colonies while absorbing the Civil Rights movement in the USA.

    It is through the truth, the uncomfortable conversations, and the acknowledgment of history that we must continue in order to move forward as people. This painful uncomfortable, irreverent , passionate, hilarious piece was "spot on". Peace and blessings.
  • Full respect to the host for his honest summary. Many British people add to the injury and injustice by gaslighting anybody who raises these subjects.
  • Lizzie Hunsaker
    Considering the history (long ago and more recent), I feel like Ireland and Scotland were more than justified in their impolite singing. I also hereby grant permission for "Lizzie's in a box" to be said and/or sung at my funeral. :D
  • Paige Piper
    Tysm for mentioning the indigenous residential schools. My grandmother was in a residential school here in America and the university I went to, HINU, started out as a residential school too before becoming a college for native Americans. I wish the 100 missing Indian kids that were last seen following Queen Elizabeth out of a residential school, never to be seen or heard of again was mentioned but hey... I get that this show is only a half hour long
  • Finally, the most British man reacts to the most British institution.
  • Peter Hine
    It's amazing how many people have such reverence for another human being who is no better than their next-door neighbour or themselves.
    Being brought up in the UK in the 50's I remember how much they tried to instill the respect we were meant to have for those 'better than us.' Stand up for the 'God Save the Queen,' Empire Day, respect authority and so on.
    It's long past time for people to shake off the shackles that have been instilled in their minds. The individual's royal family are only there by accident of birth.
    Plenty of countries don't have or need a royal family, and they still have a vibrant tourist industry.
    Nobody in the world is better than us, so don't let these rich snobs tell you differently.