Monkeypox: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Published 2022-08-07
John Oliver discusses the recent monkeypox outbreak in the U.S., how we’ve fumbled our response to it, and some aspirations for this coming autumn.

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All Comments (21)
  • boogeiyman
    Always nice to drop in on John Oliver when I get too optimistic about life.
  • Jeremy Miller
    Fun fact: Prairie Dogs have one of the most complicated systems of communication in the world, being able to remember individual people and consistently describe them to other Prairie Dogs in their group using features such as size; clothing, skin and hair color; and gender. There’s a large linguistics project exploring their communicative abilities, and some linguists argue that their “language” is the closest in nature to that of humans. They even have geosocial dialects.
  • Phred Bookley
    This was an open book test where the teacher gave us the questions ahead of time and still we managed to write the answers incorrectly onto our arms.
  • Joshua Lavender
    20:25 "So, what can we do now?" Every time I watch your show, John Oliver, I wait to hear this line. It's why I watch your show, while I never watch other political opinion shows (Maddow, Hannity, Carlson, etc.). All those folks ever do is manufacture outrage, point fingers, give people someone to blame and hate. They never offer solutions or say to viewers that we can take responsibility for doing anything ourselves. They never proceed to the final, crucial parts of a good argument: what actions should be taken and who should take them. You do. Thank you.
  • Mike Taylor
    In spring of 2019, I took a virology class in college. My professor said, "the next big one will be a coronavirus. We had a warning shot with sars, we had a warning shot with mers. And we haven't done anything."
    Amazing how we still haven't done anything after the pandemic of a century.
  • M
    I'm very sympathetic with the girl with NF1. Some people can be so thoughtless and hurtful. I admire the girl for coming forward and taking this opportunity to inform people about NF1.
  • Abhishek
    A country so fragile, the CDC is afraid to give an honest public health response.
  • J A Keller
    Back in college, when I studied Pathology, I had a great professor who loved to say "Nature only respects 3 things: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. It doesn't respect things like lines on a map, governments, ideologies, language, religion, or egos - just Biology, Chemistry, and Physics."
  • sambeawesome
    So frustrating that we as a country are just so resistant to helping literally anyone, ourselves or other people. Had we given out those vaccines before they expired, we might not be experiencing this outbreak right now. And we will not learn from this.
  • Amazon 421
    That young lady with NF1 has been such an amazing ally and even though she was thrust into the public eye against her will and forced to reveal to everyone her private medical information, she's been strong throughout. I have lupus and get looks when I'm flaring up with contagious looking "rashes/lesions" on my face and body. I've heard people whisper comments and it hurts. I cannot image having someone publicly and ignorantly pointing out my lesions on social media.

    I hope good things come from this -like awareness about NF1 and that not everyone's skin is perfect. Maybe a big brand can give her a lotion commercial to promote the fact that not everyone's skin looks like an airbrushed photoshoot. She deserves good things to happen to her. I'm happy John Oliver is helping to get the truth out there to his massive audience. And I hope the cowardly douchebag that tried to embarrass her on TikTok is going through hell right now as karma.
  • Professor Gunter
    I found the idea that "if bowling made you sick nobody would go bowling" ironic when the last 2 years have proven that yes people will still go bowling. Heck some will go bowling BECAUSE you said it'll make you sick
  • Darth Hiro
    "If we had an outbreak associated with bowling, would we not warn people to stop bowling?"
    Ironically 2 years ago we warned people not to go out and wear masks because of Covid, and look at the reactions.
    Based on the above analogy, people would only want to go bowling even more because it's their "freedom" to go bowling
  • tardaboveall491a
    "And it's just 1 of the 1 ways, the war on terror has made us safer" is a massively underrated joke
  • Carol McKown
    John - as an immunologist and prairie dog lover I must take issue with some of your comments. The prairie dogs that became infected were exposed to infected, imported, Gambian pouched rats. Domestic PDs continue to be Monkey Pox-Free! I am however concerned that the US brown rat population is setting itself up to be the next carrier species.
  • henshinhead
    To put this into perspective, our failure to respond to all this would be like your crazy doomsday prepper uncle being the first to die in a zombie apocalypse. He's been preparing for years just to deal with his neighbors turning into flesh -eating monsters, stockpiling supplies for the eventual collapse of society, only to get ripped apart by the first zombie horde he came across. All the rest of us can do now is play things safe and not stigmatize people who might get infected.

    Also props to Jon Oliver for still biting the hand that feeds him because talk about head-scratching decisions from people at the top!
  • Critical Cookie
    It still amazes and saddens me that we get our truth from comedians such as John Oliver and Jon Stewart rather than government "officials" and our representatives who are to serve our best interests. Still, thank you Oliver, et al, for all you do. It's greatly appreciated.
  • Brent Scheihagen
    For a little historical perspective, I read how the eruption of Tambora in 1815 (the biggest of the millennium) caused changes in weather patterns globally, which then led to cholera pandemics over the next couple of decades. When cholera reached the British Isles, the aristocracy was at first unconcerned because it was only affecting poor Irish communities. It wasn’t until the disease began spreading to the aristocracy that the government began making an effort to help the people in general. This, iirc, would eventually lead to the establishment of the NHS in the UK.

    In other words, we’ve already learned a lot of these lessons, but we keep forgetting or getting distracted by shiny things. 🙏
  • Ravenrose
    It was insanely ableist for this woman to be targeted for her illness (not to mention the issue of whether or not a coincidence that they felt comfortable targeting a woman of color in particular).
  • David Looser
    Hey John,

    would it be financially and administratively possible for you and your Team to build up a "what happend sice" website, where news or articles are listed which are linked to specific previously produced episodes?
    All of your topics are extremely important and it would be great to have an easy and source-approved way to keep on track with them.

    Greetings from germany.
  • Walt Denton
    Fax machines are still huge in the medical and legal system because they insure a point to point communication. It is far more secure than an email.