Hair: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Publicerades den 9 maj 2021
John Oliver discusses the importance of Black hair, the ways it can be a target of discrimination, and some ideas to address that.

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  • And this is why I love this channel...thorough...clever...and advocating on the necessary changes in society.

  • John Excellent, excellent!!! All so true!!! You did an excellent job!!! Thank you so very much!!!😃😊👏🏾👏🏾

  • My girlfriend has a lot of black hair. It falls out sometimes. I find it in many places. Behind the commode, in the drain, kitchen floor, i even found some on the TV when is was repairing it.

  • John Oliver...You Are Awesome!!! I am so amazed how informed you are. It is soooooo refreshing I really am at a loss of words. Thank you!

  • Am I the only one who's getting tired of those segments where black comedians address "white folks" like we're all a bunch of obnoxious morons that need to be put in their place? Like, "Fuck off"? Seriously? Fuck *you* guys. I'm here to learn about an issue that you're telling me is important, wtf did I do to be insulted like that? Oh, and also, did you just address an entire race of people like they all think the same way because they share the same skin colour? Man, I feel like there's a word for this but I can't find it anymore. Can you help me out?

  • I have refused to wear or do an Eurocentric hair. not happening

  • Now im going to prove a valid point, please challenge me. 22:36 = Leslie Jones addresses "white people", 22:46 = then further reinforces that by saying it again; it's only white people she is speaking to. Then precedes to say 23:38 = "fuck off", 23:56 = "bitch" and lastly 24:10 = "goddamn white ppl". I have officially unsubscribed to John Oliver. What I have noticed a trend of in most media is that; only "white people's" racisim is put in to check and Black Racisim has been fully embraced. John Oliver is just as guilty for having host this behavior from the RACIST Leslie Jones. That is not how you prevent prejudice, this is how you fuel agression.

  • ANYONE CAN HAVE ANY HAIR STYLE THEY LIKE ITS FREE COUNTRY ALSO MARKET FORCES DICTATE THE SKILLS PEOPLE HAVE HAS ZERO TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE AND ALSO TELLING PEOPLE TO F-ING DO X HELPS NOTHING

  • Dreads are not historically black only. Germanic, Celts, Slavs also wore dreads. In fact if you let your hair grow with no cutting they can grow naturally.

  • I am a white person with "black hair" you have no clue how much easier and harder you are making the world for me with this segment. I know I'm a minority but if I let my hair naturally grow people accuse me of cultural appropriation and racism. I agree with everything you said except the stuff about white people not having "black haircuts" because I just like they cannot control my natural hair.

  • Okay but straight up, coconut smells so amazing why would you ever complain that a child smells of it?

  • Tell me you have black, female writers on staff without TELLING me you have black, female writers on staff. We see you Mr. Oliver

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  • i came to this video expecting to learn and i got no answers, many new unanswered questions, and 3 people who took time off of their day to tell me to "fucking google it" when i either don't know how to phrase a question for google or have already googled it, spent hours looking for an answer, and didn't find it every passing day i get this close to becoming the joker

  • soooo it is just hair - so leave them alone - they can have whatever hair they fucking want too. just stfu about other peoples hair, it's none of you god damn business.

  • Why would i give a fook about somebodies hair?

  • 7 years in , they're running out of stories

  • why the fuck does a nursery have a no-gun sign?

  • I never realized their hairstyle is so important for some black people Oo I cut my hair three times a year...

  • What the FUCK!? How is HAIR of all things an issue!? Maybe I live in a pink castle or something but for me it was clear that black people have different hair! And I am as white as you can get: Skin so pale I run the risc of instantly turning into a crab in the sun to garyish blue eyes and blonde hair! It's not THAT hard to figure out!

  • Even if it "doesn't exist", why not just put it on the books anyways so that it protects people incase it ever does happen. How can that possibly cause a problem to have something like that on the books.

  • very few of these hairstyles are linked to the person culture, unless the person can show a genetic link to that 1 or 2 african tribes that use that style. also claiming dreadlocks are not culturally belonging to whites is bullshit because celts have had dreadlocks long before they even saw countries of black or Jamaican people, same with long hair. The "my hair is my culture" argument is fine so long as it goes both ways. do not tell white people they can not have an opinion or have long hair or dreadlocks on this bullshit culture claim because these are long standing legitimate hair styles of white cultures going back thousands of years.

  • dyeing hair and dreadlocks are not "natural" styles. But in the end why should anyone care. should make no difference. so long as it is not a safety issue or health or food safety issue in certain jobs. If you have ever worked around white women that fill their hair with strong smelling hair products and make their hair stink. I have had long hair 98% of my life and got used to employers try to make an issue of it including one wanting me to cut it AFTER hiring me, good luck making an issue of my long hair, i am always up for an argument/fight on the issue.

  • Holy fuck Leslie Jones had me laughing so hard 😂

  • I was teased for my curls as a kid. I am a Caucasian cis female. I truly believed that I was inferior to kids with silky, straight hair. I have to work to make my hair look nice, I can't shampoo it more than once per month. White, blue eyed, straight blonde hair superiority is a pain in the ass. I say this recognizing that it has not affected me in the same ways as it has the black community, but just to say that we ALL need to embrace the greater similar experiences in order to understand one another.

  • I remember in grade school, a boy I liked telling me he thought that I and "girls like me" smelled like burning hair, and being heartbroken later seeing his romance bloom with a straight haired caucasian hair, feeling somehow inferior and ugly.

  • fun fact, in china there's a new trend in some salons to purposely make the hair fuzzy like black people coz it's considered stylish

  • 9:40 I think that teacher should be more concerned with her lack of literacy. Her grammar, punctuation, and spelling are absolutely atrocious. It would have been awesome if Amia's mother had returned the letter marked with corrections, in red ink.

  • "Maybe look inside yourself and figure out why that is your response to things." That sums it up.

  • As a European (Straight up, born in Ukraine) white man, this is so bizarre. It's like he just said that people hate other people for liking peanut butter. Who TF cares enough to hate/discriminate against someone because of their hair?? They must have a special kind of stupid condition, and liberal amounts of free time to think of stuff to hate people for. (yes I'm conservative, and "liberal" was used intentionally, bring on the hate, folks)

  • Hi Mr Oliver, big fan of Last week tonight I love your work. the subject talk about are very important and will happy shape the future. I thank for what you are doing. over here on the other side of the world we have a freedom of speech brewing I was hoping you would through a little bit of light on it. this is a video to start, selists.info/less/video/f76opZeZcJpjcMo.html But is shore "Friendly Jordies" satirical youtuber/ journalese/ comedian, who has been confronting some of the corruption in Australia. Unsurprisingly he is now being sued by the politician he's been going after. what is surprising is the politicians gone to the effort to send anti terrorist police squad to arrest his producer on stalking charges. Thank you for time and I hope you watch all the videos. this is a play list of the whole sage. selists.info/less/video/orSFbZmmj8hmh9I.html

  • The features of hair that favour culturally connected styling are immutable. The culture someone is a part of is also an immutable characteristic.

  • It's honestly annoying and stupid. You can't be proud of your hair and have a job sometimes. I've always had to got to interviews packing my hair into the tightest afro, because I wear my hair naturally with twists. Some times i just straight up ask, "is my hair going to be a problem?" Sometimes I get the most bemused white faces looking back at me. Saying "No, why would it be?" And "Do people really care about that?" The fact I have to apply to jobs using my middle name which sounds more white kinda speaks to the issue.

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  • Thank you🏴‍☠️

  • I remember growing up, black purple would always harass and bully me over my accent.

  • That is so weird, shouldn`t be like this. Imao the state of your hair should be depending on your mood and desire how you want to look like today - curly, straight, anything doesn`t matter really. the only one thing that matter - YOU have to like it, be comfortable with it, otherwise you`ll just feel miserable and doubting yourself and that`s not great at all.

  • 19:40 FACTS

  • I like that these talk shows are addressing deep systemic issues, it means older audiences are going to learn this too.

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  • I get it is wrong to discriminate against black people for their hair in any way shape or form. It should never happen and is wrong. But is it really appropriation for a white person to have dreads? I didn't realize we were assholes and those hairstyles were off limits. Guess I gotta tell my redhead afro-having friend he's stealing from black people. Eventhough it's just how his hair grows.

  • "Fucking off is always an option". Such a great advise for a lot of situations.

  • This piece from John Oliver helps demonstrate his open mind & fearless pursuit of justice.

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  • Jews can't be forced to remove Yamikahs, but this shit exists 😖

  • All I know about black hair products, is that I can’t use them even when my Scottish-Irish hair gives me a full Afro when the humidity increases. I can’t use white hair products or black hair products. I am screwed no matter what and I have learned to live with it.

  • Put black people in charge of everything NOW!! They're all PURE LOVE

  • 22:32 JUDY!!!!

  • Never understood the obsession. Even at school "Extreme hairstyles" were banned. Your head your rights.

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  • I'd love to know why the 15k people down voted the video...maybe I don't

  • this is why america forced all black women to straighten their hair, to appeal to white people & get jobs

  • I can't believe I am only seeing this now. I love you John Oliver . This was accurately delivered.

  • If hair styles are one of the biggest forms of racism, then the US is a fucking brilliant country.

  • I wonder when left wing commentators and comedians will run out of things to find racist.

  • Simply Brilliant John. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am a white woman who was initially raised in Harlem, NYC in the 1960s. My very first memorable nightmare at the age of 5 was of my best friend Jerome being abused by people who constantly wanted to touch his hair when he came to my neighbourhood. I was the only white girl in my class - BTW. Love you for what you are doing. Keep on keeping on.

  • I support private businesses right to discriminate against hair & clothing & tattoos (among other things).

  • Imagine judging people for literally having hair. Another form of racism.

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  • wait, doent raggedy ann basicly have dreds???

  • Why did you make me watch that news clip at the beginning, so much second hand mortification, im uncomfy.

  • Housewives meet John Oliver??? I’ve never been happier

  • "Goddamn white people" ..I can emphasise with that statement ...and I'm a white person.

  • Why the fuck did I just start crying @ 5:35 An episode has never hit so close to home 😭

  • So are these hairstyles natural or do the take hours to achieve? Or are they different hairstyles?

  • I’m surprised this video was on point. The last part was my favorite. Google It bitches.

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  • I'm completely convinced that John Oliver is an Android.

  • Dread locks aren’t just a “black hairstyle”. Dreadlocks are thousands of years old and have been worn by various cultures from Egyptians to Greeks to Vikings and many more. Some of it today is done for religious reasons like practiced by some Hindus and Buddhists. That being said, nobody should be discriminated against for their hair and asked to change it unless it’s a safety issue.

    • Thank you! Anyone being discriminated against for there hair is wrong. No question about that. But is it really appropriation for a white guy to have dreads? Or a fro? Is it racist for a black lady to want to straighten her hair or dye it blonde? I'm so confused john.

  • this docoumentary and the stories...how terrifying it must be to be black in america. imagine being told not to be the true you?

  • u think charles smith was bad, try reading king solomons mines. to think that used to be my favorite movie as a child..smh. the write took every opportunity to degrade africans (including their hair) and show them as inferior and exploited every opportunity to show white people as superior..i felt ashamed for him and his dumbness reading the book

  • Not all white people, because I had a student whose dad was African and she talked to the class about the issue and then I got interested and got stuck on parents doing their kids hair, I watched the Netflix movie about Madame C.J. Walker and did some further research... so muhahaha John Oliver, jokes on you!

  • Yes white people. Stop asking to touch my hair!! I am not an exhibit

  • As a black girl, people ask some dumb ass questions about my hair. Like, mind your own God damn business! Unfortunately, this has never happened. 30 years and counting

  • Luv'd it..."If your answer is, not all white people... you need to search your soul to learn why's that's your answer." 😅😂🤣😭. Further more why are you worried about Black people's hair 🤔

  • I am non-white, but not of African descent, and yet I can very much relate to this story. I have curly hair, and for much of my life curly hair has been synonymous with being "unkempt" and unattractive. I very much feel pressure to have straightened hair, especially in professional environments.

  • Thank you for this John ❤️

  • whoa whoa whoa, I'm not a white person but I let my dog kiss me in the mouth, it's like a probiotic that's free

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  • Yes I love Dorothy Tucker from Chicago! thanks for including her reel, she’s a phenomenal journalist!

  • I’m half Rwandan (East Africa) and half Swiss living in Switzerland and my half Korean half Swiss German teacher suggested I listen to a white dude talk about Black hair and I’m very pleasantly surprised lol.

  • Why do you hate autistic people John?

  • Okay; I totally can't be the only one viewing this video who's feeling creeped out by the guy talking about how he "normally doesn't take photos of young children" right? Cause something about that man and THAT STATEMENT screams "someone needs to call CPS ASAP" - and to keep your children away from the weirdo'

  • I'm too European to understand this video. we have all hair styles here, mainly on white people, because, you know, that is what we have here primary.

  • Oh my god. I'm 25 but I remember visiting a salon while on holiday in Sudan and having my hair hot combed... Weird flashbacks 😂

  • Wow! John Oliver has finally ran out of things to talk about. Black peoples hair, yeah, dead important.

    • It's important to us so, yeah! Thanks John!

  • Thank you for spreading the awareness. Another "hair" discrimination towards to females above 50s with their natural hairs (i..e. without hair coloring). Unlikely to be employed! Society behave as they are senior and so assumed not being mobile and active etc!

  • note to this, please consider the "white people" the ones from USA, im from Europe and fortunately i learned human decency and i wouldnt do any of that, neither would any of my friends/relatives, but then again im from a latin country....so i dont know how im viewed

  • 15K white folk wit the thumbs down. Lmao.

    • Right lmao

  • I knew this one would be about race.

  • “You lay those edges down so well, they fall asleep” BRUH

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  • I am a whitey, but I have always stanned the push for African and Islander women to have free hair. As a child, I would get so many kids asking if they could touch my hair, my mum would tell me if my hair got too long, I’d have to straighten it all the time. Scary Spice was the best human in the world when I was 10, the only girly-haired girls in a sea of fake straight hair. I was so happy to see Monica Rambau in WandaVision being accepted, even if it’s in a fantasy it was so good to see. All power to you all. I hope one day all the cultural ways in which you guys manage and style your hear will be seen for what it is.

  • That pre-emptive "before you say not all white people" line was so fucking weak. Imagine being that much of a prick

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  • I couldn’t imagine getting my hair done and then being told it’s “unkempt” or “dirty”. I don’t think I can comment on this, I’m obviously a white girl with straight blonde hair but It’s really heartbreaking to hear that black hair has been and continues to be used as a form of oppression against black people. I did know about this, but not to this extent. To the black woman who wrote this segment, Thankyou for teaching me about this.

  • This is _hairassment!_

  • I really never thought about this before, yet another thing the "leaders of the free world" decided to discriminate against. Land of the free if you dress like us, look like us, wear your hair like us. USA: the country who enslaved entire cultures, destryoed countries for their oil and even shits on it's own people on a daily basis. Well done USA!

  • The sad fact is that our world is sculpted in a way to make white men comfortable. Obviously with issues involving POC that would include white women as well.