A lot has been said regarding the horrific attacks that occurred last Friday in Paris, France. Many have expressed their sympathy for the French people and all those affected by such atrocious acts.
Many shows have even touched upon the attacks with their own tribute in one way or another. However, one person just laid his feelings out on the table in the most epic way possible and let everyone know how he feels about those who committed these acts of terror.
That person? John Oliver on HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He just gave one of the most tremendous profanity-ridden monologues ever.
Oliver began his show, saying:
“Sadly, we must begin with a few words about France which, on Friday, suffered the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II. Look, it’s hardly been 48 hours and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain. And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can be said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity.”
It was at this moment that he likely said what many of us are thinking. However, he says it so much better.
“So here is where things stand. First, as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic fucking assholes. Unconscionable flaming assholes. Possibly working with other fucking assholes, definitely working in service of an ideology of pure assholery.
Second, and this goes almost without saying, FUCK THESE ASSHOLES! Fuck ’em, if I may say, sideways.
And third, it is important to remember nothing about what these assholes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure. And I’ll tell you why. If you’re in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good fucking luck! Because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology; they’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the fucking croquembouche. The croquembouche! You’ve just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friends! You are fucked! That is a French freedom tower!
So, to the people of France, our thoughts are truly with you and I do not doubt that there will be more to say about this as events unspool, but for now, we are going to continue with the rest of our show…”
Those who committed these terrible acts and tried to instill terror in the hearts and minds of the French people don’t quite realize who they are messing with. They are messing with a people who survived WWII. People who won’t back down, won’t give up, and definitely won’t cower in the face of those who seek to ideologically change them through fear. They will live on as they have always lived. And they are the epitome of endurance. Viva la France!