John Oliver On YouTube’s Conspiracy Nuts [VIDEO]

The Week recaps:

Last Week Tonight took a break for Easter, but John Oliver posted a special web-only video to celebrate the holiday. And he created it, he said, “in one of YouTube’s most entertaining forms. I’m talking, of course, about YouTube conspiracy videos, science fiction for people who don’t understand they’re watching science fiction.”

Whenever he watches one of these videos, he is “overcome with jealousy,” Oliver said, “jealously at the sheer scale of imagination required to believe that the Denver airport was designed by the Illuminati or that Katy Perry is actually JonBenét Ramsey all grown up — both real theories, by the way, and better than any joke I could ever devise in a million years.” He took a crack anyway.

  • StSean

    I like to fall down the YouTube Hole and watch these videos, and like John Oliver am horribly envious of the stories these people create. At my last STI check-up, I was disappointed to learn I did not have syphilis, which I would have left untreated as a shortcut to better story-telling.

    • oikos

      I’ll bet if you tried, you get pick up some syphilis somewhere. 😉

      • StSean

        not so far 🙁

    • David Walker

      Are you old enough to remember Tom Lehrer?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jKiunSRzAI

      • BearEyes

        I do remember him – he had some really good songs.

        • Robincho

          I knew him! We called on him for lunch one day, and he said, “I’ll be down in two ticks. A tick being, by the way, approximately 3.7 shakes of a lamb’s tail…” (He was a maths professor, actually, and a freaking genius)…

      • StSean

        i love his “vatican rag”!!

        • Robincho

          Ave Maria!
          Gee it’s good to see ya!
          (Doin’ the Vatican, doin’ the Vatican, doin’ the Vatican raaaag!)….

          • B Snow

            “Get in line in that processional,
            Step into that small confessional,
            There the guy who’s got religion’ll
            tell you if your sin’s original….”

            Sheer genius.

      • Nychta

        I’m that old. My dad and uncles were fans. On Sunday afternoons when I was a kid we’d go to Grandma’s and gather around the hi fi to listen and sing along. My uncles were also Mad readers, so I was introduced to “the usual gang of idiots” at an early age.

        • B Snow

          You were brought up right. 😀

    • Nychta

      I enjoy a good conspiracy theory, but too many of the videos go on forever. I like conspiracy theories presented colorfully and succinctly, without endless footage of chemtrails.

      • Sporkfighter

        Does the Third Beagle of the Apocalypse count as a conspiracy nut?

        • Nychta

          Yep. He’s one of the first ones that pops into my mind, thanks to Joe. 😉

          Some folks have a knack for bible-based theories.

  • oikos

    I had a friend who turned into one of these youtube nuts and started spouting BS about an govt created Ebola epidemic, the Illuminati running our lives and how data and facts didn’t, matter only the videos on YT.

    Had-past tense.

  • oikos

    John Oliver has clearly been affected by the fluoride in the water, put there by the Illuminati lizard people who rule the world.

    • David Walker

      That’s nice of the Illuminati lizard people to pick up the task of fluoridating our water supply. It was originated by the commies, who then created Crest toothpaste. I hold them responsible for Drumpf.

      • Silver Badger

        Actually, I have it on good authority that the Nazi’s developed fluoride as a crowd control gas.

        • Oh’behr

          Great, now I have to look that one up and it’s not clear if it’s true or not. Grrrr.

          • Silver Badger

            I never said it was true!

          • Oh’behr

            I know. I was teasing you. Though I did discover. Oh my gosh, it is a conspiracy theory.

  • WebSlinger
  • WebSlinger

    this is something people need to embrace in the age of the fast journalism, social media and the internet…

    https://toddlohenry.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/information-is-not-knowledge.jpg?w=646

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Of course, that’s what they want you to think, so John Oliver must be working for them. *wink*

  • Michael Rush

    The crowd that can’t see Trump’s racism or Cruz’s religious lunacy can stay obsessed over Hillary’s emails and Obama’s birth certificate for the rest of their lives .

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    It’s really difficult to have respect for those that engage in and believe in conspiracy theories. A dab of critical thinking skills applied to the issue and they fall apart like a snowball in August.

    • Oh’behr

      But … what if that snowball is in Antarctica (teasing). It’s winter there. /s

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Good point. A snowball in August in NYC? They never stop to think that any conspiracy falls apart the moment there is more than one person left alive who was involved in said conspiracy. The more people it would take to pull off, the harder if becomes to make sure no one talks. The people that harass the parents of the babies killed in that horrific school shooting piss me off in particular. Think of how many people would have had to be involved.

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    • EdmondWherever

      Oh, Doctor Bashir! Swooon!

      • B Snow

        SO much swoon. That face with that accent…..

  • vorpal

    My favourite are the nutjob whackos who find “Illuminati” imagery in music videos, football games, award ceremonies, etc.

    Of course, when you ask them WHY this big scawwwy Illuminati group would insert such imagery into media and events, they have no answer.

    Everyone’s favourite paranoid schizophrenic, the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse, at least had SOMETHING to offer when I asked him why the Illuminati would fill a USPS ad with Illuminati imagery. He said with absolute conviction: “Because they can!”

    • David Walker

      Not unlike why a dog licks his balls. That’s real, so why not Illuminati imagery?

      • vorpal

        Hahaha! The Illuminati equivalent of masturbation. I love it.

  • Doug105
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    • Herald

      ROFL – and at the same time all too believable.

    • Sporkfighter

      I managed to convince a not I met ant a work acquaintance’s wedding that the electricity generated at nuclear power plants was radioactive, and could contaminate buildings where it was used.

      My kids grew up reading New Scientist at the breakfast table. A basic grasp of what’s happening in the world and why isn’t really that hard, but you have to turn off the TV first.

      https://youtu.be/1SINJTza98w?t=71

      • Oh’behr

        That’s funny. Radioactive Electricity.

        • Sporkfighter

          You know people you could do this to.

  • John Calendo

    No link, Joe? Here it is, kids:
    https://youtu.be/fNS4lecOaAc

    • Six Pins Delores

      The missing link is part of the conspiracy

      • pepón

        LOL

  • Jerry

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/27/1504009/-Just-the-facts-please A good article on personal biases and the tendency to search for info to support those biases.

  • Octoberfurst

    There are many gullible rubes out there who fall for any conspiracy theory no matter how absurd. This is why morons like Alex Jones are popular. To Jones EVERYTHING that happens from mass shootings to earthquakes to financial ups and downs are part of a massive conspiracy by the government or the Illuminati or whoever. It just makes me roll my eyes.

  • Friday

    I often think this stuff is really a diversion for those who like to think but don’t want to face certain banalities about what’s wrong in the world. Often creating conspiracies to explain why their politics *don’t work,* or why things seem out of control, when really systems and ulterior motives that are pretty plain to see are quite obvious. Like you don’t necessarily need a conspiracy for greedy policies to cause people who are after the same things to end up trying to shift systems in their own favor.

  • pepón

    There are many nuts nowadays with stupid conspiracy theories: chemtrails, vaccines, man in the Moon, etc. But I still remember when the existence of the NSA was just a conspiracy theory, and the existence of the MI6 was denied by the British Government. Not all conspiracy theories are the same.

    • Bad Tom

      Wait. I can see the Man in the Moon. His face is right there!

  • William

    There probably are deep level bunkers at the Denver airport. Some of the décor is a little strange.

  • Michael Alden

    I’m sure the number of idiots will keep going up. Not to bash parents but there are parents who give unlimited unmonitored access to the internet to their kids, combined with not really instilling any belief system (nonreligious or otherwise), and poor analytical skills means a lot of future adults with really stupid beliefs and paranoias walking among us.

  • Oh’behr

    I sent John Oliver’s video to an American who is ex-UK (marriage to an American) and he enjoyed it very much. Though he wishes Cadbury eggs were available year round. I wouldn’t mind eating them either at Halloween.