Greetings from 2015! It is once again Columbus Day, despite the fact that the holiday is enforced almost nowhere in America and becomes less popular every year outside of Italian-American communities and communities of people who just fiercely defend any day off. Let's take a trip down memory lane all the way to last year, when John Oliver had one of his first big web hits asking a very tough question about Columbus Day: "How is that still a thing?"
In 1492, Columbus raped, enslaved, and murdered, too.
(10/13/14): Sorry for posting two Last Week Tonight with John Oliver clips in a single day. The show was off this week, so they released two videos just for the web instead. I had already typed up John Oliver's rant against pumpkin spice when this video got posted, but y'know what? Columbus Day isn't going to happen again for a while, so I'm just going to go ahead and keep promoting this show on our website because someone needs to ask why the hell we're still celebrating a holiday that A.) venerates someone with, at best, a murky (with blood) legacy and b) I've literally never gotten the day off for in my entire working life.
At least I managed to avoid a headline about how John Oliver brutally mangled and then incinerated Christopher Columbus, right?
(by Johnny McNulty)