John Oliver unleashes Internet on the FCC

Net neutrality may be a dry, complex issue. As HBO’s comedic commenter John Oliver put it this week, “the only two words more boring in the English language are “featuring Sting.” But Oliver offered up a hilarious primer on the subject this week, before urging viewers to send their protests to the FCC over its proposed changes to current Internet policy.

Here’s what happened:

Followed by this:

Critics have called Oliver’s explanation over-simplified, and he was clearly unsympathetic to Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon. Oliver scoffed at a suggestion that the FCC’s proposal wouldn’t leave some users and smaller companies stuck in “the slow lane,” while allowing “big companies to buy their way into the fast lane.”

He also lit into the FCC, arguing: “The Internet in its current form is not broken, and the FCC is taking steps to fix that.” And continued:

“Net neutrality is actually hugely important … it’s why the Internet is a weirdly level playing field, where startups can supplant established brands. That’s how Facebook supplanted MySpace, which supplanted Friendster, which supplanted actually having any friends. Do you remember physically having friends? It was awful. You couldn’t tap peoples’ faces to make them go away …”

Oliver ended by exhorting Internet commenters and “trolls” to voice their opinions on the FCC’s website:

“For once in your life, we need you to channel that anger, that badly spelled bile that you normally reserve for unforgivable attacks on actresses you seem to think have put on weight … Seize your moment, my lovely trolls, turn on Caps Lock and fly my pretties, fly!”

If you can’t see the video embedded below, you can watch the whole thing here.


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  • disqcoduck

    This is epic! And he’s spot on.