On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver briefly addressed the Bill Cosby trial and the recent announcement that the sexual assault case had ended in a mistrial. However, instead of commenting on the implications of the mistrial, Oliver only briefly reflected on Cosby’s strange behavior after the trial. But Cosby’s behavior wasn’t what should have gained Oliver’s attention.
It’s certainly understandable that the host can only cover so many topics on his show. But as opposed to making fun of Cosby’s remarks following the trial, he could have reflected upon the nature of sexual assault and rape culture in America. In that sense, it was an opportunity lost.
In his opening segment on the show, Oliver noted that the Cosby case supplied viewers “with one of the single weirdest moments of the year,” when, following the announcement of a hung jury, Cosby yelled his famous Fat Albert catch phrase, “Hey, hey, hey!” as he exited the courthouse. Oliver appeared aghast at Cosby’s post-trial behavior, saying “what are you doing?” and noting that “shouting your character’s catch phrase while on trial is a bizarre choice.” Oliver then wrapped up segment by saying, “But…
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