Yesterday, popular political satirist John Oliver picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and immediately leapt back into his firebrand political commentary.
In a post-win media conference, Channel Ten’s entertainment reporter, and daughter of former Liberal politician Bronwyn Bishop, Angela Bishop asked Oliver if he remembered the comments he made at last year’s ceremony. At the time he said he believed Americans would not elect Donald Trump as president.
“Well … let’s give us a chance. Have some faith, Angela,” Oliver said.
“Also maybe check on the state of your own country’s immigration policies before you steer it too hard on this one.”
He added that he’s unable to vote given that he’s in the US on a green card, but would comment, at length, if Trump won the presidency.
Oliver has previously been harshly critical of many aspects of Australia’s political system.
At last year’s Emmy Awards, he said to Bishop: “Ding Dong Tony is dead … I will thank Australia right now. I don’t know what the point of Tony Abbott was, but it was fun while it lasted. It was like taking heroin: it was incredibly exhilarating, and it was right that you stopped.”
In 2013, he labelled Australia one of the “most comfortably racist” places he’d ever been.
Conversely, Oliver used Australia’s gun control laws to expose the hypocrisy and fallacies of America’s reaction to gun violence back in 2013.