John Oliver Reacts To Orlando Shooting: Terrorist Is 'Vastly Outnumbered'
The world is still reeling from the shooting that occurred at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub this past Saturday, which killed 50 people and left many others injured on Latin night at the popular gay club. The shooting, which has been called the deadliest on record in the United States, has been condemned by President Barack Obama as an act of domestic terrorism (Obama had warned about such an incident happening two weeks ago, when he discussed the country’s gun control problem at a town hall meeting).
Since then, there’s been a stream of support for the LGBTQ community through social media and the entertainment industry. Artist Kid Cudi spoke out against hip-hop’s hesitancy to talk about gay rights on Twitter, while actor Lin Manuel-Miranda offered an incredibly touching sonnet during this year’s Tony Awards. But, most importantly, plenty of Orlando residents have come together to help one another during such a difficult time — something John Oliver observed and praised on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Oliver taped a special opening for the HBO-aired show, expressing how the tragic event felt all too familiar to the Paris attacks that occurred last November. “It’s hard to even know what to do in the wake of an event like this,” Oliver offers. “But for right now, on a day when some dipshit terrorist wants us to focus on one man’s act of brutality and hatred, it might be worth seeing this video.”
The political commentator proceeds to show a video (taken from Twitter) of hundreds of people in line waiting to donate their blood to the survivors of the shooting. “It kind of reminds you that that terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered,” Oliver says as the clip circles around a block in Orlando showing just how many people came out to help.
As Manuel-Miranda proudly proclaimed during his sonnet, “And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.” And this moment of people coming together and supporting one another is a testament to that.