JOHN OLIVER STRIKES BACK AFTER LAWSUIT
Two years ago, John Oliver was sued by coal baron Bob Murray over an unflattering, comedy piece he did on him. Oliver could not comment on the ‘pending litigation’ and many views promptly forgot about the issue.
Last week on Last Week Tonight, however, the host brought us up to date. He explained the process of how (usually) rich people and companies silence their critics, including journalists, with even the threat of these S.L.A.A.P. lawsuits. Would it surprise you to know that Donald Trump also uses these against his enemies? I didn’t think so.
Well, the suit was dropped, and since jokes and satire are constitutionally protected, John dedicated a wonderful 30 minute piece to the topic. Learn and laugh and celebrate the decision that cost HBO $200.000 in legal fees and their libel insurance rates to triple. Luckily it seems like they spent another $200,000 on a show stopping, NSFW language, spirit-of-Southpark finale. Enjoy comedy investigative journalism at its best!
|by Andrew Moskos
Andrew loves innovative projects and business opportunities. He is Boom Chicago’s artistic director, and directs shows with a focus on politics, technology, Dutch society and improvisation. He created the Boom Chicago Academy which currently has 100 students learning and performing improvisation.
Andrew is a host, trainer, writer and speaking coach for corporate events and conferences. He also designs Boom Chicago’s escape rooms and other innovative ways to tell stories.