North Korea: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

JOHN OLIVER: North Korea…
America’s number one excuse for putting off chores
this week. “Y’know, I could do laundry,
but if the world’s about to erupt into nuclear war,
what really is the point?” (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) North Korea has clearly been
on everyone’s minds this week, and I think you know why. President Trump and North Korea
escalate the war of words, lobbing new threats
and sending new tweets. North Korea now accusing the
president of the United States of pushing the world to, quote,
“the brink of nuclear war.” Wow. When Twitter was
invented, I bet even they didn’t imagine that it would
one day lead us to the brink -of nuclear Armageddon.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) It’s like if the invention
of the Furby had led -to the Sudanese civil war.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) Who knew that that’s
where it was headed? (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) Now, tensions have sharply
escalated this week, which is a little surprising,
given that the world has been dealing
with North Korea’s provocative missile tests
for years now. Just two weeks ago,
they were doing this. CORRESPONDENT:North Korea fires
yet another missile,
but Pyongyang claims this onewill be able to hit the
U.S. mainland,
striking cities like
Los Angeles, Denver,
Chicago, and possibly even
New York and Boston.
Wait! New York?
I live in New York! -This shit just got real!
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) No, I think if anyone is–
if everyone is really honest, your level of fear
over the North Korea situation is in direct proportion
to whether or not they can hit the exact place
where you live. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) We film this show
on 57th street. If you told me that the blast
radius stops at 56th street, I’d think, “Well, I hope nothing
happens, but we’ve still got time
before things get serious.” (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) -Now, it is– it is worth
properly understanding
-(AUDIENCE APPLAUDS) what North Korea is
currently capable of, because while their missiles
may be able to reach us and they do have
nuclear warheads, most experts believe that they
don’t yet have the technology to reliably hit
the U.S. mainland, so that is reassuring.
Although, on the other hand a recent Pentagon assessment did
suggest that they could cross that threshold next year. So, if a job interviewer asks
you, “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” It is now perfectly acceptable
just to scream in terror -into their face.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) Look, this is clearly a very
serious situation, requiring a deft hand. And, sadly,
that’s not what it got. North Korea best not
make any more threats to the United states. They will be met
with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. “Fire and fury.” The only way
that that is not terrifying is if you report it the way one
newspaper actually did in Maine saying, “Trump warns
of fire and furry.” (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) In which case, Trump was
threatening to send this to North Korea, which is a very
different kind of threat. Now– now, in response,
North Korea announced plans to fire missiles that would land
just off the coast of the U.S.
territory of Guam, which is frightening,
although not unprecedented. They have made similar
threats before. But what is different this time,
obviously, is that we now have a president who has the general
temperament of a wet cat. And, in response
to that Guam threat, Trump promptly doubled down. Frankly, uh, the people
that were questioning that statement,
“Was it too tough?” Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. If anything, that statement
may not be tough enough. Well, you’ll see, you’ll see. “Yeah, we’re gonna go
with that bomb more destructive than the nuclear bomb.
Why? I don’t know! Who cares that it doesn’t exist?
Sincerely yours, Donald Trump. I’m not writing a letter.
I’m talking. Says you! Fake news. Goodbye!” (AUDIENCE LAUGHS, APPLAUDS) So, tonight,
we thought we would ask, “What, exactly,
is North Korea thinking? How did we get into this mess? And what can we possibly
do about it?” And let’s start by trying
to understand just a little bit more about North Korea. And that in itself is difficult.
It’s one of the most isolated and insular nations on earth. If you know anything about it
at all, it’s probably just that they have a wacky totalitarian
leader who loves military parades
and Dennis Rodman, and who really didn’t like that
Seth Rogen movie about his assassination. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
-And it can be hard to trust any information
about North Korea, because lots of it is
inaccurate for multiple reasons. First, there’s the outright
state propaganda, which glorifies North Korea’s
leaders, the Kim family. Just last year, we showed you
western journalists being taken on a tour
of a historic target range, where they learned something
suspiciously impressive about Kim Jong-Un’s father. Comrade Kim Jong-il shot three
bullets and three of them got bulls-eye. -They all got bulls-eye?
-Mm-hmm. -And how old was he at the time?
-He was 7-year-old. A 7-year-old’s got -three bulls-eyes?
-Mm-hmm. yeah. -That’s pretty impressive.
-(LAUGHS) Mm-hmm. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) I mean, that– that is
the “mm-hmm” of someone who really wants
to shut down a conversation. She sounds like a parent
fielding questions about where babies come from. -“So, a stork brings the baby?”
-“Mm-hmm.” “It carries an eight-pound baby
through the air in its mouth?” “Mm-hmm.” -“Isn’t that dangerous?”
-“Mm-hmm.” “Where does the stork get
the babies?” “Storks fuck! They fuck each
other! Storks fuck each other, and the baby comes
out of the stork’s vagina! Don’t ask for the truth
if you can’t handle it!” (AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUDS) But, here’s the thing. Inaccuracies like that are
easy to spot. What is trickier is that a lot
of eye-catching western reporting about North Korea
can be shakily sourced, like this one. JOY-ANN REID:The BBC reports
all of the men in the
hermit kingdom
must now sport the same haircut
as the dear leader, Kim Jong-un.
His look was known as
the Chinese smuggler haircut
not too long ago in the region,
but now it will be known as
“The haircut every man
in North Korea must have.” Lucky them. Here’s the thing… There is no solid evidence
that that story is true. But it is seductive because it
sounds like it could be. It’s like if you saw
the headline “Trump to NATO:
I invented Squirrels.” You’d believe it because it
sounds like something he would’ve claimed, even though
as of this taping, he has not. And, while it may not be true
that all men had to get the same haircut as Kim Jong-un,
state TV did run a series called “Let Us Trim
Our Hair in Accordance with the Socialist Lifestyle.” And it’s weird when a verifiable
truth is almost as strange as a wild rumor. It’s like how the “Richard Gere
Put a Gerbil in His Ass” story is completely false,
but what if the truth was that he engaged in
consensual mutual anal play with a chinchilla?
That would still be bizarre. You wouldn’t have
to exaggerate that. And sometimes, the truth
about life in North Korea can be just as striking
as the urban legends. For instance, you may have seen
claims online that every teacher in North Korea is obligated
to play the accordion. We could not confirm that. Although, in trying to, we did
discover that North Korea does love the accordion
to a surprising extent. The country is full of them.
Here is an accordion factory. Here’s some schoolchildren
playing the accordion. Here’s Kim Jong-un
looking at an accordion. Here is an air combat exercise
where the camera pansacross pilots, and guess what?-Yep. It’s a fucking accordion.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) They also have a very
popular song called “Nothing to Envy in the World”
that begins with the line “The sky is blue,
my heart is merry, let the sound
of accordions ring.” And then there is this video
of North Koreans playing the last song that
you would expect. ♪ (ACCORDIONS PLAYING
“TAKE ON ME” BY A-HA ) ♪ -Yes.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) That is North Korean
accordionists playing “Take on Me.” So beat that, everyone else
who plays the accordion! By which I mean exactly
two old French men and one “Weird Al” Yankovic. And if you think that that is
the most amazing piece of North Korean Pop culture
that you’re gonna see tonight, you are wrong. Because let me introduce
you toPulgasari,a 1985 movie known as the
“North KoreanGodzilla.”The whole thing is incredible, but this is undoubtedly
my favorite part. (DEVILISHLY LAUGHING) (GROWLING) (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) You know why I love that?
It’s relatable. No matter where you’re
from or what your religious
or political beliefs are, at some point, everybody
has been about to decapitate someone and then out of nowhere
a baby monster jumps up and takes a bite
out of your sword. -It works because it resonates.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) And look, look,
we’re all having fun. We’re laughing
about North Korea! And it can be very funny,
but the very fact that that is true can be extremely frustrating
to journalists who cover it. BARBARA DEMICK:It’s always,
you know, an exaggeration,
and a parody, and you know,
kind of a freak show.
Which, I think, those of us who
cover North Korea find a little bit distressing,
because it’s not actually very funny to the 24 million
people who live there. She’s right.
She’s absolutely right. And even when North Korea is
objectively funny, like withPulgasari,
it has dark undertones. Because Kim Jong-il got that
movie made by abducting two of south Korea’s biggest
names in film, and forcing them to make movies
for him, for years. And you know what?
They did eventually escape, so I’m gonna go ahead
and say, and I know this is not gonna be a
popular opinion, but, if that’s what it took to give us that baby
monster scene, it was fucking worth it. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
-Just my opinion! Just my opinion. But the underlying truth
of North Korea is that it is a dark place, not just
figuratively, but literally. You can get a sense of how
little development there– has been there when you
look at it from space. See that void where there
is almost no lights? That’s North Korea. It looks like a divorced dad’s
Christmas tree, where he gave up halfway through
hanging the lights, got drunk and fell asleep
watching Ken Burns’Baseball.And the Kim family is known
for their bone-chilling cruelty and mismanagement. They were largely
responsible for the deaths
of somewhere between 600,000 and 2.5 million people
during a famine in the 1990s. And we know that there are
large, brutal camps where political dissidents
are imprisoned, sometimes alongside their
extended families. REPORTER:Satellite images
show their scale,
but for a picture of what
they’re really like,
we can only rely on those
who’ve been there.
the recollections of other
prisoners who’ve managed
to escape the camps.
That is truly horrific.
But the existence, the continued existence
of those camps brings us to a really important
point to understand. Kim Jong-un is terrified
of losing power. And while we love to present him
as a madman, many experts believe that his actions are
motivated by rational self-preservation. He has seen leaders like Saddam
Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi scale back their nuclear
programs, only to be overthrown, either by the U.S.,
or by their own people, and die gruesome deaths. And it’s true that dictators
generally don’t end their careers like disgraced
American politicians, with a stint on
Dancing with the Stars,
although, that would’ve been
an incredible season. Saddam, that foxtrot
was a weapon of mass seduction. And, Muammar…
You worked hard and it showed. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) So, Kim Jong-un has continued
his family’s military-first policy, spending huge amounts
of money on what is the fourth
largest military on Earth and an expensive
nuclear program in an impoverished country whose
economy has been estimated to be smaller than that
of Birmingham, Alabama. And Birmingham is
a small economy. Their most notable export isAmerican Idolseason five
winner, Taylor Hicks. Not that I’m saying that’s
a bad thing. Soul patrol forever! Soul patrol ’till I fucking die! So, how can Kim Jong-un
justify that spending? Well, he argues that the huge
military is the only thing staving off imminent invasion
from a host of outsiders and that is where we come in. Because the most dominant
and useful villain in North Korea’s narrative
is the United States. And it is not like that comes
out of nowhere. We sided with the south
during the Korean War. And while many Americans
may have forgotten just how devastating that war was, the North Koreans
certainly haven’t. They have
an entire museum devoted to American war atrocities. And I’m not saying there were
none, but I don’t think any were quite as over-the-top as this. (SPEAKING KOREAN) REPORTER:In the last liberation
war, during our strategic
retreat, the American hyenas
occupied the land of Sinchon.
They arrested Min Youngshikand stabbed her muscles with a
three-pronged spear
and sucked her flowing blood.They also took the flesh from
her thighs using a bayonet,
dipped it in salt, and ate it.And, in case you were
wondering, yes, you can buy coasters depicting that scene
in the museum gift shop, but they are 16 dollars, which is the real
war crime there! And the North Koreans’
indoctrination in anti-Americanism starts
extremely young, as one defector remembers. -Holy shit!
-(AUDIENCE GASPS) It is fascinating when
a country’s culture seeps even into their math lessons, although,
it’s not really surprising. As a British child,
our math questions were, “If Johnny has two artifacts
and Dinesh has two artifacts, then how many artifacts
is Johnny about to have? -(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
-The answer, of course,
“All the artifacts.” Dinesh’s family can come visit
them in the British museum whenever they’re in town. And the notion that North Korea
is working on a bomb that can, “Kill all the
American bastards,” is a tremendous source
of national pride, there have been stamps depicting
missiles hurtling towards the U.S. Capitol,
and a few years ago, they produced a video depicting
the destruction of New York, set to the least appropriate
song imaginable. (♪ WE ARE THE WORLD ♪
INSTRUMENTAL PLAYING) Yes, you heard right. That was a karaoke version
of“We are the World”,set to New York in flames. And the last time I saw
a karaoke song with background imagery
that inappropriate was every time I have ever
sung karaoke. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) I don’t know what L.L. Cool J’s
“Doin’ it”
has to do with these two babies in a field of
sunflowers, but it’s making everybody
uncomfortable. (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) So, the North Korean regime has
been very careful about presenting a threatening image
of Americans to its people. And some activists have actually
been trying to undermine that by sneaking information into the
country on USB drives. (SPEAKING IN KOREAN) INTERPRETER:We send
various content
from stories on human rights,
general information on
South Korea, to images depicting
the average American.
Fora fictional version
of the average American,
TV shows likeThe Mentalist,
Desperate Housewives,Kang says, scenes like
this one from
NCIS… Anything you say can and will
be used against you
in a court of law. MURTHY:…That show police
officers reading suspects
their rights,
are especially useful.
You know what? If nothing else,
we finally have our answer to the decade-long question, “Who the fuck
is watchingNCIS?”(AUDIENCE LAUGHING) It turns out,
it’s all your mom’s friends and the people of North Korea. And if you think about it,
that is very dangerous for Kim Jong-un,
because if people get a sense that the image of America
that he has carefully painted for them is false,
he could have huge problems. And, when you understand
him in that light, as a dictator desperately
hedging against a loss of power, it is possible to understand why
all his recent threats against the United States,
have been reckless, but in his mind, also rational. And that brings us to
the key question here, what are we going to do
about this? Because on the campaign trail,
Donald Trump made it all seem very simple. They said, “Would you speak
to the leader of North Korea?” I said, “Absolutely. Why not?
Why not?” And they come out, “Trump would
speak to him!” Who the hell cares?
I’ll speak to anybody. -(AUDIENCE CHEERING FOR TRUMP)
-Who knows? There’s a ten percent
or a 20 percent chance that I can talk him out
of those damn nukes, ’cause who the hell wants him
to have nukes? And there’s a chance! -No! No! There really isn’t.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Partly because, remember,
Kim Jong-un believes they are critical for his survival,
and on top of that, Donald Trump is a shitty
negotiator. In his short presidency,
he has failed to get Mexico to pay for his stupid wall,
he’s failed to get a Congress his party controls
to pass a health care bill, and even when his administration
does get something done, it way oversells it,
like when the White House announced a trade deal with
China as, “Very Big News,” “Gigantic,” and
“Herculean,” and one much-celebrated
component turned out to be lifting a ban on beef imports
that China had preliminarily agreed to last September. So way to fucking go there,
Donald! What a very big, herculean deal! Thanks to you, except,
not entirely thanks to you, America is now marginally
more able to export beef again! (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) And since taking office, Trump has voiced support
for an even simpler solution. China… is helping us possibly or probably, with the North Korean situation. -(AUDIENCE CHEERS)
-Okay? Which is a great thing. Great thing. So, in the space of 14
seconds there, he said the word “great” twice, he pronounced “China”
with three syllables, suggested someone else should
do the work for him, and then, threw in a
“possibly or probably,” rendering the whole
thing meaningless. I think I may have just hit
Trump bingo, and the prize that I want
is to go drown in a river. (CROWD LAUGHS) But Trump’s idea there
of convincing China to exert influence
on North Korea, is not inherently crazy. China shares an 800-mile border
with North Korea and accounts for
as much as 90 percent of North Korea’s total trade, so they do have
significant leverage. But, some are skeptical about
just what China could, or is willing to do. Take sanctions. The U.N.
have tried multiple rounds of increasingly-harsh sanctions,
but North Korea has always found easy ways around them. (SPEAKING KOREAN) INTERPRETER:North Korea is a
100% state enterprise,
so these companies change
their names the next day
if they’re listed for sanctions.That way the company stays,
but with different names
whenever there are sanctions.If I’m included in the list,
my name can be changed, too.
Yeah, and that is some
pretty weak enforcement. Think about it this way, let’s say HBO decided
they wanted to cancel this show, their hand would be pretty weak
if I was able to get around that simply by changing the name to“Earlier Times but Now
Starring Spance Mörgendörffer.”
(AUDIENCE LAUGHS, APPLAUDS) And it is true that China
could increase enforcement of its sanctions,
but they are understandably worried about
where that could lead. What they worry about is,
if they do that, will the regime collapse? What does that mean?
Millions of refugees pouring into China, uh,
possibly a unified Korea, that is then a
Pro-American country sitting on their southern border
where, don’t forget, there are 30,000 American
troops in South Korea, which would then be
on China’s border, and by the way,
15 nuclear weapons. You know that there are a lot
of problems when you end up saying, “Oh, and by the way,
15 nuclear weapons.” Imagine you were a babysitter
and you heard, “Okay, you’ve got his EpiPen,
you know about his nut allergy, he needs his inhaler every hour,
oh, and by the way, he has 15 nuclear weapons.” (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) Now Trump has also been
mentioning military solutions, but even targeted strikes
against weapons systems could get out of hand very fast. North Korea would likely
retaliate and they have an estimated 8,000 pieces
of heavy artillery stationed just north of the DMZ,
which is here. And that artillery is capable
of reaching Seoul, which is just 40 miles away, and is an area
with 25 million people. So, even a non-nuclear war could
have horrific results. And, let’s just engage
in some truly magical thinking. What if you could somehow
just take out Kim Jong-un? Well, you’ve probably got
an immediate humanitarian crisis on your hands,
as well as a leaderless country with a power vacuum
and nuclear weapons. And, as we’ve learned from Iraq
and Afghanistan, when regimes fall
and there’s no plan in place, that vacuum can be filled
with terrible things. We do not want to find out what
North Korea’s ISIS would be. Even just the phrase,
“North Korea’s ISIS” is absolutely terrifying. It’s like saying,
“9/11’s Bill Cosby.” -(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
-What would that even be? I hope
we never have to find out. So, sanctions are no guarantee
and military action could be catastrophic and diplomacy is
going to be extremely difficult, given that you usually need to
have a specific goal in mind, and Trump seems to be making
all of this up as he goes along. We are learning
stunning new details about President Trump’s extraordinary
“fire and fury” threat tonight, multiple sources telling CNN
the president ad-libbed those words, they were
improvised, on the fly. For fuck’s sake!
That is just not a good idea. As I’m sure someone
has had to say to Wayne Brady
at a funeral more than once, “Now is not a good time
to improvise.” (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) Here’s a one-word suggestion,
Wayne, “Mourn, mourn like a person. And look, the thing is
that’s not a surprise! Deep down, we all assumed that
he was winging it. We have become accustomed
to discounting a large percentage
of what comes out of his face. But North Korea is listening
to what he says. And the people there
have been primed for decades to believe that America
is on the brink of an invasion. Just look at their
government’s response to his “fire and fury” line. (SPEAKING IN KOREAN) INTERPRETER:
The American Commander-in-Chief
remains stuck at a golf course,
oblivious to what is happening
and talking about such nonsense
as ‘fire and fury’.
Since it is impossible to have
talks with people who are
incapable of rational thought,
the strategic armed forces has
judged that we must respond
with absolute force.
Hey! hey, hey!
Okay, just to be clear, the president is not stuck
at a golf course. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
-Unless the cart ran out of gas
and he has to walk, in which case, yes,
the president is very much stuck at the golf course and
may need to be airlifted out. So, here is where we are, we have two
nuclear-armed leaders, who are accustomed to issuing
empty threats to impress their own people and they are now
currently goading each other towards Armageddon. Which is absolutely terrifying. And I don’t really have a
solution to this. But, part of me would love
the chance, just the chance, to speak directly to
the North Korean people. So, on the off chance that
this show is smuggled over their border on a USB drive
crammed withNCISepisodes, I would just like to say this, -Hi, North Korea.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) You may be hearing some
frightening rhetoric from our president,
but if it helps at all, when our president says words,
he doesn’t necessarily mean what those words mean. It’s very difficult
to describe to you, we’re still trying to wrap
our heads around it ourselves. Really, it’s our problem,
except it is now kind of your problem, too. But I want to talk to you about
some misconceptions because we certainly have misconceptions
about you, uh, but you should know,
ideally, that we are not remotely what
your state propaganda implies,
either. We honestly do not spend our
days plotting your destruction. We spend them sharing cat memes
and spinning fidgii, and getting furiously angry
about a singing boy barely appearing
in our favorite dragon show. So, for what it’s worth,
I would like to give you, the North Korean people,
a sense of how America is feeling right now,
in a way that you might understand and enjoy. And, that is through
the international language of the accordion. And I have some good news
and some bad news, there. The bad news is,
I do not play the accordion. The good news is, I know someone who plays it
like a fucking angel. Ladies and gentlemen,
and the people of North Korea, please welcome,
Mr. “Weird Al” Yankovic! (CHEERING AND APPLAUDING)♪ Would you annihilate us
If you had the chance? ♪
♪ That’s such an
Anti-social thing to do ♪
♪ You’ve got us crapping
Our collective pants ♪
♪ May I suggest you take it down
A notch or two ♪
♪ We’re not exactly sure
Why you’re upset ♪
♪ Did that Seth Rogen movie
Make you super mad? ♪
♪ You’d like us if you got to
Know us I bet ♪
♪ We’re mostly harmless,
Decent people ♪
♪ Hey, we’re really not so bad
My point is ♪
♪ Please don’t nuke us,
North Korea! ♪
♪ Right now,
We’re all a little tense ♪
♪ Believe me,
We don’t hate you ♪
♪ Frankly, we don’t even think
That much about you ♪
♪ No offense! ♪♪ Now you might call ’em
“Blood-thirsty dogs” ♪
♪ But that metaphor’s
Not very apt ♪
♪ We’re just a bunch of simple
Fidget spinnin’ goofy dorks ♪
♪ Who probably couldn’t find
Your country on a map ♪
♪ No, we’re not savages
Or cannibals ♪
♪ Well, maybe just a really,
Really, really small percent ♪
♪ So, I think it would be best ♪♪ If you’d knock off
Those missile tests ♪
♪ Don’t turn us into cinder
While we’re swipin’ ♪
♪ Right on Tinder ♪♪ Don’t jump-start Armageddon or
Our beds we’ll soon be wettin’ ♪
♪ Won’t you think this through
For a moment please ♪
♪ Now why would you bomb our
Nice celebrities? ♪
♪ Oh, why in the world would you
Kill Tom Hanks? ♪
♪ ‘Cause nobody doesn’t like
Tom Hanks! ♪
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)♪ So, please don’t nuke us
North Korea! ♪
♪ That would seriously ruin
Our day, remember… ♪
♪ We’re not evil
Psychotic monsters ♪
♪ No matter what the news
May say ♪
♪ We’re just those goofballs ♪♪ From the U.S.A! ♪♪ Please don’t nuke us
Please don’t nuke us ♪
-♪ Hey! ♪
-(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) “Weird Al” Yankovic,
ladies and gentlemen!

100 thoughts on “North Korea: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)”

  1. So, a year has passed since this episode, and guess what guys, Trump and Kim Jong Un are like, totally bff's now. They're in love and everything. It's totally great.

  2. How many people has kill EEUU in Irak, Iran, afghanistan, Syria, Palestine South America (supporting dictator like Pinochet), North Korea, Japan. Disarm EEUU from their nuke cause EEUU is far more dangerous than North Korea

  3. The most reassuring thing to hear as a non western person is a white dude saying: what should we do to deal with this totalitarian country. Nothing bad has ever happened to the people who were dealt with and their life were all saved by the great people who came in and dealt their problems.

  4. Now compare the percentage of homeless and starving people both countries have
    And remember only one of them had all infrastructure destroyed and 40% the population decimated because they elected a president the other diskled

  5. I like this show a lot, and mean no insult to the show by this, but everytime I’ve watched this video I can’t help but think “are devious generations going to dissect this bit with weirdal as propaganda?” It’s just so weird. We live in such a weird society compared to like all of history before 1940

  6. That video they made of NY in flames is actually from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which surprisingly has no North Korea in it

  7. John Oliver, your fool of shit on your view of Trump and how he has handled North Korea. Little Rocket Man If you really want to help North Korea, send them thousands of extension cords.

  8. At least Trump didn't sell the top secret blue prints to the Chinese like Obama did which is treason at the highest level. Obama should be hanged as a traitor

  9. Fun fact: that scene of New York getting destroyed is from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Norks just stole it.

  10. Here's how some propaganda can work.
    If a country has 20,000 people die of hunger. You can technically accurately say there were between 15,000 and 75,000 deaths.


  12. HEY! NCIS is a huge show!!!! With 2 spinoff shows that are running just as long as the original!!! You brit cunt!!!

  13. I can why the DPRK needs their arsenal. Sanctions and threats, hell if I was them I’d stockpile them as well. Western Media lies out it’s teeth just to push an agenda to avoid world peace. Like when a General was supposedly executed well he turned up ALIVE and still high ranking. That is why I don’t by Western Media lies on the DPRK.

  14. 3:30 actually, there are weapons that are more destructive than nuclear bombs. they're called hydrogen bombs

  15. I spent a year at Osan Air Base South Korea, I went to the DMZ and it is freaking crazy, all the burnt out and blown up shit is still there, all the bridges are still wired to blow with TnT, its just a dreadful place. I got to stand in North Korea, in the treaty room, I went on their side, and quickly came back.

  16. Why would you ever listen to CNN as to what President Trump has said, they are basically fake news central. At least Trump is doing something to make peace instead of collecting Nobel Peace prizes for doing nothing like Obama did.

  17. I agree with the brain washing aspect … We were brain washed by Saddam thinking that the whole world is wrong and only he was right.. but after the war if you come and ask any Iraqi with 2 operational brain cells working he will tell you Iraq was better in Saddam time because of "stability".
    When the us invaded Iraq they decommissioned the army, police force , security "Amin" equivalent to home land security… Old army personnel who were jobless now started attacking us forces then there was the civil war then alqeda then isis and even now with you threatening IRAN, IRAQ could be a battle field again because of your foregin policy…
    You might convey the image that you like to help other countries but all you fight for is money.

  18. Well we'll… 1 year later and seems Trump was right and managed to do more in 2 years than the 4 presidents before him combined… Guess all Liberals forgot this video?

  19. I found you because I googled who is doing zazoo's voice in the new lion king ?? I cannot stop watching your videos now

  20. Trump is the world's problem. Ultimately, his lack of support for any form of Green Deal will kill us all.

  21. About the only understandable thing about North Korea is their love of their accordions. Accordions are charming as fuck.

  22. It's sad that I found that Korean propaganda news report to be more truthful than the president of the United States

  23. If you look up North Korea Survivor Stories you can find tons of stories with vivid details of what happens there by first hand accounts… It's grim and depressing, not something you'd expect from this era of supposed progression and it needs to be heard so I suggest watching them and taking in that stuff like this is happening right now…

  24. it's pretty stupid, the NK Intelligence could just used collections of screen captures of 4 chan and various Internet Meme Web sites that full of pseudo racism about them rather than spend too much money on "museum" for their propaganda about how western(USA) despised them.
    and also add some Asian descendant (Korean) Immigrant that get discriminated in US and the rampant rise of Alt Right all over the world.
    well adding some nazi feminists rage and LGBT hysteria also can gives some boost to their perception of how the western moral society is "degenerates" since NK still heavily lean to their ancestral traditional values.

  25. Uhm, but they have no power, and are starving because of US led sanctions. That's our fault. Not Kim's.

  26. Like, people are aware every famine they've experienced is completely caused by the United States right? Like we use hunger and disease as weapons for decades. Yetr we have the audacity to say we're not evil psychotic monsters… that they have no reason to be mad at us. I mean, that's just the truth. We've been starving them out of much of the world's economy for decades. That they even are doing as well as they are is absolutely worth respect. I simply can't fault N. Korea for seeking their weapons program. It literally is the only reason the world is even respecting them now. They proved that no negotiations will ever work on terror, only more terror will. Our sanctions didn't work. They suffered, and beat it… but they suffered because of those sanctions. We denied them medical supplies ffs. Food. Education. Tourism. Information. For many decades, we wouldn't even meet with them. Until Trump no President had even tried. We bullied them and they stood up to us, and now that they have missiles, we shake hands. That's the template for every other country to follow… you just have to die, and deal with Americans believing they could do no wrong.

  27. Who would have thought after watching this vid that a yr n half after it, DJT n kimmy would become besties

  28. this is so dumb omg, they send USB drives, and then what? NK dosn't have PC, no Windows OS, how can they open the usb drive? how can they play the videos? do they have Media Player? VLC? etc.. that felt like a joke in the video.

  29. If a nuclear war erupts, exponentially more people will be killed from the nuclear fallout that rises into the atmosphere and circles the globe, than from the initial blasts. This fallout will not only be radioactive, but will block out the sun which will halt photosynthesis in its tracks and cause global famine. Millions more will die of starvation in the coming decade.

  30. You really dont have any solution to north corea, just playing Music to then… So shut up… Do you play Music to your murders too? Asshole

  31. So there's no way Trump will meet with the North Korean dictator? I that he did? Why would the host of this show say he won't?

  32. And then Murphy's Law kicks in and North Korea nukes us and weather or not it was by accident is not up for debate because by then it's war.

  33. They should have hardsubtitled (the ones you cannot turn off) Al's song in Korean. Missed chance right there.

  34. First episode of this show I've watched that was deeply shit. The "comedy" wasn't worth going there for. Please don't try this again.

  35. PLEASE do a show on nuclear war and how unprepared we are in america for a nuclear threat. i used to live in hawaii and when we got the nuclear attack warning from our base missending a alarm no one was prepared. no one knew what to do if a nuclear bomb was coming, and that's dangerous with the technology we have today.

  36. "Ladies and Gentlemen, and the people of North Korea." What, so they fall outside the former "ladies and gentlemen" ? Nice going there. xD

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