John Oliver Takes On Online Abuse, Revenge Porn

Below is an absolutely groundbreaking monologue from John Oliver last night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He clearly has the courage to say some things that few others are willing to say.

The piece starts out talking about garden variety online abuse but the proceeds to venture into misogyny, the online gaming communities’ virtual attacks on and threats against female opponents, and finally to Revenge Porn. Warning: some adult language ahead:

The Revenge Porn points that Oliver makes are perhaps the most powerful, possibly because so many in the media have been relying on victim blaming – “If she hadn’t taken the pictures in the first place…” – rather than trying to find solutions that actually protect victims’ rights.

In the video, Oliver also optimistically hints that a new national Revenge Porn law, The Intimate Privacy Protection Act of 2015, may become a reality this year. A Google search for the law comes up empty, so perhaps this is wishful thinking, or possibly a cynical comment on the fact that no politicians at the national level have tackled the problem yet.

The whole video is very much worth watching, but if there is any humor to be found in these very serious topics, the parody AOL ad which starts at the 14:40 mark is very good.

 

 

 

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