Following the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, John Oliver began his show on Sunday by unleashing an impassioned, profanity-laced condemnation on the attackers responsible for the deadly siege.
“It’s hardly been 48 hours and much is unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain,” Oliver started off. “And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can be said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium-cable profanity.”
“First as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic fucking assholes, unconscionable flaming assholes, possibly working with other fucking assholes, definitely working in service of an ideology of pure assholery,” he said. “Second, and this goes almost without saying: Fuck these assholes.
“And third: It is important to remember, nothing about what these assholes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure.”
The Last Week Tonight host continued to offer a message of hope for France, vowing terrorism will never succeed in the face of freedom.