John Oliver talks about the power of public shaming and "the Golden Age of internet shaming" on Sunday's broadcast of 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO. Oliver, ostensibly condemning the shaming culture on the internet and in media, said some public shaming is okay, such as in the case of Tucker Carlson. Carlson said something "racist" and thus needed shaming to "increase accountability," according to Oliver.
"You may be expecting me to say that all public shaming is bad," Oliver said. "But I don't actually think that. When it's well directed, a lot of good can come out of it. If someone is caught doing something racist or a powerful behaving badly it can increase accountability."
"I would argue that Tucker Carlson is actually a good example of an internet pile-on being merited. He's a public figure. He made his comments publicly. They are appalling and he is standing by them," the comic argued.
Oliver also called out former 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno, who recently commented on the lack of civility in late-night programming, for his "relentless" Monica Lewinsky jokes.
"Those jokes have not dated well in any sense of the word. And they're pretty rough," he said.
Oliver mocked Leno for making a satirical Dr. Suess book about Lewinsky with his own: 'Oh, The Places You Can Go F*ck Yourself, Jay Leno.'
"Look at how civil this is," Oliver joked.
Oliver himself apologized for a comedy segment he did during his tenure on 'The Daily Show' where the phrase "10 Suckin' Years" was used to cover the 10th anniversary of the scandal.