John Oliver Gets 'Lord of the Rings' Director Peter Jackson to Wave Sex Toy Flag on 'Last Week Tonight'

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Oliver kicked off the third season of his weekly HBO show with a gleeful bit about the latest political shenanigans in New Zealand, after being asked to cover the incident.

Be careful what you wish for.

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, returning for its third season on HBO, offered just such a warning for politicians who might want the host to take a quick swipe at a scandalous incident that happened to them.

Oliver was compelled once again to turn his attention to the latest political shenanigans in New Zealand. And this time, he enlisted the help of Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director and New Zealand native Peter Jackson, who stood on a hilltop, waving an enormous flag emblazoned with the image of New Zealand's economic development minister getting smacked in the face with a dildo.

Though Oliver claimed the show had tried to call "a moratorium on discussing New Zealand on the show," it was hard to look away when last week, following protests against a transpacific partnership, economic development minister Stephen Joyce was hit in the face with the sex toy during a news conference.

"We were still reluctant to carry this story," Oliver said, "until incredibly our hand was forced." Oliver then revealed that the minister — who has now been nicknamed "Dildo Baggins" — had tweeted, "Someone send the gif to John Oliver so we can get it over with."

"So let's, in your words, 'get this over with,' " Oliver teased.

"Let’s all agree, New Zealand's flag debate should now be over," Oliver said, alluding to New Zealand's recent flag redesign competition, which produced a bonanza of amateur-looking submissions. "Because if you want an image that sums up everything great about New Zealand … " Oliver announced alongside an image of the New Zealand flag with the addition of an image of Joyce's face at the moment it was struck by the artificial penis.

"We didn't just mock that up, New Zealand. We got one made and sent it to your country, and gave it to one of your greatest sons, Peter Jackson," said Oliver. "And if you don’t believe me — watch this."

Cut to Jackson, waving an enormous version of the flag against a blue sky. "What do you think of the new dildo flag?" Jackson asked. "What do you think, John? The people have spoken."

Oliver returned to Joyce's tweet, saying that since he'd been "baited into a response," he needed to be ready for the "nuclear option."

Finally, Oliver presented the final escalation: a choir singing about the dildo incident to the tune of the hallelujah chorus — accompanied by giant flying dildos.

Watch the full clip below.

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