WATCH: John Oliver's Brilliant Takedown of Mother's Day Hypocrisy
May 11, 2015 News & Politics
As a country, we like to commoditize women more than we like to provide them basic rights. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our yearly ritual of praising the abstract idea of "moms" while our country continues not to provide new mothers the most basic standards of equality like paid maternity leave, an institution in all western countries sans the United States.
This glaring hypocrisy wasn't lost on John Oliver, who last night rendered what has to be the most succinct and scorching takedown of this national scandal to date. America, as the end parody commercial notes, "would do anything for our moms, up to—but not including—paying them to stay home for a while after pushing a human being out of their body."
Watch the video below. And when you're done, pass along to your mom to say "thanks" one more time.