The new season of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver started with the perfect storm of Sir Peter Jackson, ‘dildo-gate’ with Steven Joyce and the New Zealand flag debate all rolled into one.
‘Last Week Tonight’ had been reluctant to cover the story of economic development minister Steven Joyce’s unfortunate incident, until Joyce himself asked for their intervention, believing it would help to ‘get it over-with.’ It’s understandable that Joyce wished to scrub people’s memories of the vision of his face being hit by a flying rubber dildo. Joyce probably hoped we’d all have a laugh and the image would fade. However, as John Oliver said, ” from now on, your entire life will be viewed through a dildonic prism.”
John of course didn’t stop with showing the video and making a few jokes, he upped the ante. Peter Jackson of New Zealand, waved the new and improved flag which was designed from the incident. Next, a full gospel choir sings a Hallelujah chorus, while a large image of the gif plays. As if this spectacle isn’t enough for your eye to behold, a new generation of large, pink mascots – you can guess the form, frolic and dance clumsily onstage.
Just a reminder. You you may recall that at the end of the previous season, props and particularly mascots were on sale to lucky viewers. If you play your cards right,you or someone you know will be able to pick up a large, cheerful mascot or two at the end of the current season.