John Oliver Uses Dancing Zebra Footage to Make "Painful" News More Bearable
"I think it’s pretty clear, with things in America the way they are now, we need these zebras like never before.”
John Oliver has come up with a creative solution for those who find the news depressing to watch these days — just add zebras.
On Sunday, Oliver spoke about how in La Paz, Bolivia, people are hired to dress up like zebras and dance on crosswalks, in an effort to encourage traffic safety and reduce car accidents. "The news has been hard," said Oliver. The dancing Bolivian zebras got the Last Week Tonight host thinking: “If zebras can make Bolivian traffic jams better, what else could they help with?”
He showed a clip his team made of a zebra sitting next to Melania Trump, holding up a stop sign during Trump's inauguration. He also put a dancing zebra into Rachel Maddow's introduction to her Trump tax return reveal, and added a zebra to a very emotional scene in Manchester by the Sea.
"I think it’s pretty clear, with things in America the way they are now, we need these zebras like never before," said Oliver. He provided 24 minutes of a zebra in front of a green screen dancing, reading the newspaper and being generally silly, encouraging viewers to add the footage to "painful moments" with the hashtag #JustAddZebras.
Here are some examples of dancing zebras popping up in serious places, often involving the Trump administration.
For the main segment of his show, Oliver dedicated his time to talking about Trump's federal budget proposal.
"This budget is simply a blueprint, what's known in Washington as a 'skinny budget,' which sounds like a line item that Trump might have included in one of his pre-nups," said Oliver.
He talked about Trump's cuts to public broadcasting, the arts and the EPA. "You don’t cut those agencies as a cost-saving measure, you do it as a f— you,” Oliver said. “It is the budgetary equivalent of inviting Mitt Romney out to dinner at Jean-Georges before not offering him a Cabinet position. And I will say that was awesome, by the way.”
"Some of the cuts in Trump's budget heavily impact groups that voted for him," continued Oliver. Watch him break it down below.