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John Oliver Just Made It Easier to Warn Friends and Family about Conspiracy Theories

By Andrew Sanford | TV | July 20, 2020 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | July 20, 2020 |


I’m not breaking new ground when I say we are living in unprecedented and uncertain times. With a global pandemic, civil unrest and rampant disinformation, it’s easy to get swept up in claims made by anyone with a decent camera and strong Wi-Fi. Conspiracy theories can be dangerous and in our current climate, have a greater ability to thrive. In the latest episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the growth and danger of Conspiracy Theories was discussed in a featured segment and a possible panacea was presented.

Oliver spent over 20 minutes in the most recent episode of his show discussing all manner of conspiracy theories, dating back as far as the 14th century and as recently as last month. Theories about the spread of Coronavirus have been rampant and possibly dangerous, making it important to reach out to friends and family who may subscribe to them. Not ready to tell your Uncle not to believe everything he sees online without screaming at him? John Oliver has a solution: let a celebrity do it.

The folks at Last Week Tonight enlisted a group of beloved celebrities to record short video warnings about conspiracy theories. These delightful, informative videos (all five of which can be found at highlight the importance of critical thinking, checking the validity of theories and using trusted sources.

I highly recommend watching all five videos (and sharing them if you wish to avoid any uncomfortable conversations with a loved one) but since my wife and I have been religiously watching Jeopardy every night since stay at home orders began, here’s my favorite one.

(Alex Trebek’s living room is exactly how I hoped/imagined it would be).

Andrew Sanford is a Writer and Performer living in NYC. You can find him on twitter and listen to his comedy podcast Half White Son of a Black Man wherever you get your podcasts.

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Andrew lives in NYC. You can follow him on twitter.

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