John Oliver Slams Elon Musk: “He’s Decimated His Staff and Degraded His Product”
It has been three weeks now since the show was taken over by Elon Muss, a man who answers question “What if Willy Wonka had benefited from apartheid?” Oliver stated at the start of the segment about the show’s season final.
He explained that Twitter had been a “total mess”, since Musk entered the headquarters with a sink, and Oliver continued by saying that “many people on Twitter” believe Musk’s takeover was a sign that things were under control.
“One analysis [found] the use of a racial slur spiking nearly 500 percent in the 12 hours after his deal was finalized, which is pretty shocking,” the host said, “even for a website where a regular trending topic is sometimes just ‘The Jews.’ You’ll log in and see 30,000 people tweeting about ‘The Jews’ on a Tuesday afternoon, and you do not want to click to find out why.”
He shared a clip from an interview Musk gave where he stated that Twitter would do many dumb things over the next few months as it tries to find its feet. Oliver pointed out that one of the problems was paying for verified checksmarks. These showed “predictable outcomes,” such as people impersonating large companies just because they could pay $8 to appear official.
He stated that “Clearly, things have changed on Twitter right now.” “For example, the site doesn’t seem to be adding explanations for trending topics. This feature was previously able to add more context and combat misinformation.”
Oliver concluded his intro segment saying that Musk doesn’t know what the next step is on the social media platform now that he has fired half of his staff and is facing labor lawsuits.
The host stated that he had decimated his staff and damaged his product. He could sell Twitter or make it worse as his digital clown town. “And while the potential collapse of this site has been sad for the workers and for those who have relied on it, there is undeniably something a little satisfying about a guy who was so desperate to be perceived as cool and funny on the internet that he paid $44 billion to make it happen, only to discover that he still somehow couldn’t afford it.”
The Last Week Tonight host then moved on to the World Cup ,, which he described as “like the Super Bowl except the rest of the planet actually gives a damn” and how FIFA knew Qatar was a “fundamentally poor choice” but decided to host it there.
Oliver continued to list reasons why the country of Connecticut size wasn’t the right location. These included its severe summers and the fact that it would need to build nine stadiums to make the games successful. Oliver also mentioned a lack in human rights. The host called FIFA a “cartel-like organization of scumbags, assorted criminals, who occasionally put on soccer games,” before deciding on the location.
The segment was dominated by the laborers who built all the infrastructure needed for Qatar to host the World Cup. The government recruited hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh, who had to pay recruitment fees of up to $4,000 to secure a job.
The show explained that the workers arrived in Qatar with a lot of debt and were trapped in a system called kafala. This is considered “modern-day slavery”. They had to build the stadiums at temperatures of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The men were placed in wall-to-wall labor camps. They were confined to eight beds in a room and were forced to sleep in bedbug-infested beds. Two kitchens were shared by men.
Anish Adhikari is a migrant worker who worked as a translator in Qatar prior to the World Cup. He spoke to Oliver Last week to explain how he hopes some of the athletes will help to shine a light on the exploitation that took place in the tournament.
Adhikari stated, “My message to Messi: Thousands have worked on this stadium like me,” “We did not get our salary, our benefits. If you talk about workers like me, maybe we will be able to get what we owe. I do not have much faith, but still, I have hope.”
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