In the latest episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver focused on the state of sports. He discussed how difficult the idea of bringing back sports during a global pandemic is and reviewed some of the risks that come along with rushing back to competition. 

Oliver also took quite the shot at Philly sports fans. 

To illustrate the devastating economic impact that the coronavirus has had on many stadium workers, Oliver showed the stories of two Philadelphia-based employees.

“I have food on the table now,” Aisha Johnson, a maintenance worker at Phillies games, said. “I’m making it right at this moment, but I don’t know what tomorrow may bring.”

Oliver then decided to insert a very strong opinion. 

“It’s worth remembering that, although Philadelphia sports fans are a horde of inhuman monsters who deserve neither sympathy nor understanding, the people paid to tend to those monsters really depend on their monster money,” he said.

In his own way, Oliver did later give a little praise to a prominent Philly sports figure. He said Flyers mascot Gritty’s isolated exploits “blew [other mascots] away without even trying.” However, Oliver also commented that Gritty’s closet evolutionary relative is a “used dog toy.” 

Oliver’s segment is worth watching if you’re interested in a unique brand of humor that casually roasts Philadelphia sports, as well as an overview of the many logistical and moral issues revolving around the question of “When should sports come back?”

 

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