John Oliver Rips “Vitamin D Deficient Minion” Stephen Miller to Shreds – Vanity Fair
Comparing someone to a Minion might be a lazy joke, but on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver made the case that “policy adviser and vitamin D deficient Minion” Stephen Miller is an exception to that rule. Most late-night comedians might have already taken their shots at Miller and his comments about the poem on the Statue of Liberty, but Oliver was undeterred. If anything, he was committed to making up for lost time by comparing the policy adviser to one of the most hated fictional creatures of all time. “It is genuinely hard to find a photo of him not looking like a Minion,” Oliver argued. To be fair, he’s kind of right.
“In any case,” Oliver continued, “Miller spoke to the press last week about the White House’s support for a draconian immigration bill, which would slash legal immigration levels in half over a decade and make citizenship contingent on factors such as English ability, education levels, and job skills.” When CNN’s Jim Acosta pointed out that such a policy isn’t exactly in line with the poem on the Statue of Liberty—you know, the one that says “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”—Miller infamously rebuffed him by saying that the poem did not appear on the original statue. Unsurprisingly, Oliver did not find that argument compelling.
“Just because it wasn’t part of the original does not mean it is worthless,” Oliver said. “Some of the best things ever made were changed partway through. Did you know, for instance, there was a time when Fast and Furious movies didn’t have The Rock in them? It’s true. And they sucked. That’s why they added the fucking Rock. And look, that clearly wasn’t the greatest piece of communication from Stephen Miller—so naturally, the White House is now considering him for the communications director job, taking over from the dearly departed Mooch. And that would be a lot of responsibility for Stephen Miller—who is, and this may be the most shocking thing you learn tonight, 31 years old.”
That, Oliver pointed out, is the same age as the Olsen twins. But even ignoring Miller’s tender age, Oliver notes that there’s reason to expect Miller to be a colorful communications director, should he get the job. As proof, the comedian pointed to a video of Miller campaigning for student government, in which he asked, “Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up my trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?”
“He is truly one of the most revolting humans (Minions) I have ever seen,” Oliver said. “In a way, there is no more fitting spokesman for the Trump administration than an entitled, elitist asshole who refuses to take responsibility for the messes he makes and who can somehow manage to pick a fight with a fucking statue.”