James Corden Recaps 2016 With Comedy, Then Makes Somber Plea for Aleppo's Children
"As much fun as it is to joke about 2016 being the worst because of pop culture or Donald Trump or Kanye West, I really feel like we need to recognize that it's been particularly terrible for many, many people who are overseas."
James Corden wrapped up Thursday's episode of The Late Late Show by doing a recap of 2016, rattling off the events that occurred over the year and reiterating the popular assertion that 2016 was "kind of the worst."
"Britain left Europe, which upsets me because I'm British. Angelina left Brad, which upsets me because I'm human," said Corden, adding that Netflix had chill, but the FBI had "zero chill."
He called Anthony Weiner gross, said "ew" to Roger Ailes, mocked Kanye West for saying he will run for president in 2024 and said that, above all, Putin is "actually the worst." Corden riffed off of Rihanna's "work, work, work, work, work" lyrics, saying President Barack Obama got the "jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs" and Hillary Clinton got the "votes, votes, votes, votes, votes," but the Electoral College was like, "Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah."
Then Corden became much more serious and sincere. "As much fun as it is to joke about 2016 being the worst because of pop culture or Donald Trump or Kanye West, I really feel like we need to recognize that it's been particularly terrible for many, many people who are overseas."
The host was referring in particular to the crisis in Aleppo, which he pointed out does not get a lot of news coverage in the U.S. He added, "We rarely are brave enough to talk about things like that on this show," but he wanted to shine a spotlight on the atrocities occurring in Syria.
"Tens of thousands of men, women and children have been trapped in the city of Aleppo, where the government is killing its own citizens," said Corden, quoting the United Nations, which has said the situation is "the meltdown of humanity."
Corden told the audience that if this was happening to their next-door neighbors, they wouldn't allow it, and the truth is that Syrians are our neighbors. Viewers can help by giving money to organizations committed to helping the children of Aleppo.