Back in the day, having a statue dedicated to your life was quite the honour.
It still is, although if you’re a racist, chances are it will eventually be torn down.
Not many people can say that they have a sewage plant named after them, so in that respect, we doff our caps to John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Clearly, this one requires a deeper dive into the backstory of what the hell happened leading up to this point.
The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” went after Danbury [a town in Connecticut] on his August 16 show during a segment on racial disparities on juries.
In Oliver’s anti-Danbury rant , the host noted that he only knew three things about the Connecticut town: “USA Today ranked it the second-best city to live in in 2015, it was once the center of the American hat industry and if you’re from there, you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver, children included, (expletive) you,” Oliver said.
Following that show, Danbury’s Mayor, Mark Boughton posted a Facebook video, in response, promising to name the town’s sewage plant after the British comedian.
In that video, dated August 22, Boughton said the name (the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant) was because “it’s full of (expletive) just like you, John”.
The nerdy Brit loved the shout-out, and referenced it on his show last Sunday (August 30). Observe:
If you can’t be bothered to watch that clip, Oliver finished by saying he would donate $55 000 to charities in the area if the mayor followed through.
However, if Boughton did not name the plant after Oliver, the money would be donated to neighbouring towns.
Cue this response, with the mayor attaching his own conditions:
Gauntlet laid down.
Oliver must now attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony in person, or else Boughton will offer naming rights to some rivals, like “two Jimmys and to Noah”.
That’s late-night rivals Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Trevor Noah.
Looks like this will be the most anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony since the ANC triumphantly declared that outside toilet operational.
Yes, a single toilet.
John Oliver and his show are on holiday for two weeks, so we may have to wait a while to get his response.
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