John Oliver Takes On Crazy Racists In His First Show

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Fatimah Mazhar
John Oliver takes on racist welfare ranchers and NBA team owners for his premiere show on Sunday night.

John Oliver, a satirical news correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," officially hosted his first show of the new weekly comedy news series on HBO on Thursday.

“Last Week Tonight” kicked off with Oliver slamming NBA Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his racist rant.

He also took a shot at Cliven Bundy, a Nevada-based rancher, who came under heavy fire for making racially charged remarks about the African-American community.

The NBA is investigating an audio recording posted online of Sterling allegedly telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to games.

Following the reports of incriminating comments, Clippers faced extreme backlash and even threats of boycott over the weekend.

Even President Barack Obama addressed the controversy during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak:

"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said, adding that he was sure NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would deal with the issue.

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"It turned out to be a rough week for unrepentant racists and recording devices," Oliver said, inaugurating his new show.

However, the comedian later said that it would be alright in the end. To quote John Oliver’s words referring to Sterling, “Who can stay mad at that racist face?"

Watch his hilarious takedown in the video above.

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