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Qatar World Cup: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Nov 19, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • John Oliver discusses the Qatar World Cup, the human rights violations happening in the sporting event’s host country, and what perfection really means to David Beckham.
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  • A A
    A A 18 hours ago +46

    Putting pressure on countries like Qatar and UAE (that's Dubai and few other Emirates) actually works. Years ago, as the result of focus on workers rights, UAE enacted a series of reforms. For example, outdoors work had to stop when/if temperatures rose above 42 C (which is already very hot.) Mysteriously, ever since then, the official temperature report in UAE hardly ever goes above 42 C.

    • Sohaim Alshehri
      Sohaim Alshehri 43 minutes ago

      @J0KeZ buddy, it's called sarcasm.

    • J0KeZ
      J0KeZ Hour ago

      @Sohaim Alshehri History of treating people nicely? Are you deranged?
      Are you familiar with colonialism?
      Even now, they mistreat their own, forget about foreigners. As Carl Jung once said, "The west is a tech giant, but a moral dwarf".

    • The Emir of Jaffa
      The Emir of Jaffa 2 hours ago

      @Sohaim Alshehri you are a shitty piece of work, you know that?

    • Sohaim Alshehri
      Sohaim Alshehri 3 hours ago +1

      This law has been in Saudi Arabia since over 15 years. Don't think that these governments don't care about its people unless west put pressure on them.
      The west who has a very nice history of treating other nations' people.
      I don't know about UAE, but I think they are the same.

  • Danny
    Danny 2 days ago +27

    There’s a Kafala system here in Lebanon too, it’s horrendous.

  • Lina
    Lina Day ago +3

    I'm happy, even though Sweden didn't qualify (it was a great match against Poland), but I love that both teams along with the 3rd, the Czech Republic, came together in expressing that they wouldn't play against Russia regardless of where the match would be held.

  • Sk B
    Sk B 4 hours ago +8

    Thank you for talking about this.... you never disappoint 👍
    As much as I love football I completely boycotted this one especially as a Nepalese American my heart goes out to the poor migrant workers that died during this inhumane ordeal. This had to be exposed to the western media audience!!!
    Thank you 🙏

    • J0KeZ
      J0KeZ Hour ago

      I hope you also boycott any British goods since UK is completely fine with having it's football equipment produced at cow shit prices in bengladesh.

  • Th3Shrike
    Th3Shrike 12 days ago +5841

    I know it's a terrible topic, but I laughed way too hard at the audience ahhhhing at the temperature after John converted it to Fahrenheit

    • Nico Bock
      Nico Bock 13 hours ago

      @eboe 0°C is the freezing point of water( in my country temperatures rarely go below it) Around 20°C is room temp. 40°C is entering dangerously hot temperatures(for my country atleast and it is in a hot region) Now you atleast have more reference points. But if you live in a cold country your reference points will look different as your winter will go below 0°C. You don't need to know exactly but the more reference points you have the better.

    • Jacob Lenahan
      Jacob Lenahan 15 hours ago

      @eboe Yeah it’s actually super easy to remember that’s why everyone should know those three facts about the conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
      Additionally the best of all is Kelvin: C ~= K+273.15 or K ~= C-273.15 (I didn’t fell like typing out the conversions between Fahrenheit and Kelvin, it’s not hard, I just didn’t feel like it and it wouldn’t look clean in this text format.)

    • Doug Eddy
      Doug Eddy 15 hours ago

      @eboe i don’t like money either, bro. But that doesn’t mean it’s not money. You know?

    • eboe
      eboe 16 hours ago

      @Jacob Lenahan yeah that seem completely uncomplicated and everyone should be able to commit that to memory posthaste. Or, not.

    • eboe
      eboe 16 hours ago

      @Ashok Seshadri dipshit there are many many comedians of all types in the US and those are the ones you picked out, you seem to pick cherries for a living.

  • Real_Christioa
    Real_Christioa Day ago +5

    You would expact that when a country has enough money to build 9 stadiums, 100 hotels and new cities, that they are able to pay the people who build it. Or didn't they include salaries while making the budget

  • falcore91
    falcore91 Day ago +4

    23:20 this is easy to say as someone who isn’t a sports fan in general, but it seems to me the ethical thing to do would be for individuals to not watch the World Cup. FIFA might play cartel games, but the money ultimately comes from somewhere. By watching we are ultimately giving them that money, by drawing advertisers, granting legitimacy, etc.

    • Jack Mehoff
      Jack Mehoff 9 hours ago +1

      You would literally have to get the entire planet of individuals on board

  • ctdieselnut
    ctdieselnut 2 days ago +22

    'Kafala' appears to be exactly like how most of Dubai was built. Imported cheap labor tricked into jobs which they start out indebted to those who imported them, and get trapped into what I consider indentured servitude. I remember a story about Dubai workers that had the labor agency take their passport as collateral to pay back exorbitant fees charged to get them the work. Then, when they get there, they end up being payed a fraction of what was promised and never get out from under the debt. The workers are basically 'debt slaves.' Plus they keep them under lock and key in 'labor housing' in which conditions are as bad or worse than being homeless. Mostly sleeping on the ground in a empty tent, working in 110°f heat during the day, 90 at night. Its really disgusting, and it was all to build high end gaudy buildings to be enjoyed by very rich people. Apparently Qatar has done the same. Its very shameful.

    • Ibrahim Syed
      Ibrahim Syed 11 hours ago

      Tell me u don’t know shit without telling me 😂🤦‍♂️ Kafala system is not to import cheap labor 💀 also fun fact: even a family resident needs kafala, not just laborers. So i suggest u do a bit of research yes?

  • Justin Dillon
    Justin Dillon 2 days ago +219

    Last Week Tonight is the perfect show for someone fresh out of a 14 day rehab and needing to be caught up on what happened, last week

    • Ali Eco
      Ali Eco Day ago +1

      Don't forget to watch the previous week's show first so that you can follow all the subplots.

    • Alexander
      Alexander Day ago +4

      I hope you make a full recovery. Remember your wining everyday you don't reuse.

    • Janie Phillips
      Janie Phillips 2 days ago +4

      Good luck Justin. I hope you are doing well after rehab. Nothing is as hard as fighting for your life, and you are certainly fighting , no matter what you are addicted to. Some people just don't get it, but I do. I hope you have the love of someone. Some people don't stop to think what is going on when you have an addiction. They can't understand why you can't just stop. When you are fighting for your life you shouldn't have to fight for love to. Anyway have a good life. 🤗

    • Maryalicefike
      Maryalicefike 2 days ago +11

      congratulations on your hard work, you should be very proud! addiction is a monster whose one goal is to kill you, and every day, hour, or minute you fight the monster he gets a little weaker and even tho it hurts, you’ll get stronger. i wish you the best justin

  • Rdafster25
    Rdafster25 Day ago +37

    "it's like the super bowl, except the whole world actually gives a f" 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • shamrockbaby
    shamrockbaby 23 hours ago +2

    I have a friend I have known since age fife that is the number one person in the world at building and managing the ticket infrastructure for world events. If tou recenently went to the World Expo in Dubai, or any Olypics in the last 20 years, you obtained your ticket because of her. She has never accepted a FIFA invitation to do a WC. The amount of corruption, bribary and misogeny is beyond belief. These FIFA officials come from countries without rule of law and all they care about is money. Qatar paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to host. They are a country corrupt to the core.

  • FactStorm
    FactStorm 2 days ago +65

    That was a great piece by Oliver per usual, its hilarious but the content is infuriating.

  • Brian Givens
    Brian Givens Day ago +1

    “They want our money, they get our sensibilities.”
    -the rest of the world

  • Vandhuy Martins
    Vandhuy Martins 12 days ago +10652

    "A cartel-like group of scumbags and assorted criminals who ocassionaly put on soccer matches." This is by far the best FIFA's description I've ever heard of.

    • Mostapha Akhzame
      Mostapha Akhzame 2 hours ago

      @Don E. ??

    • Don E.
      Don E. 3 hours ago

      @Mostapha Akhzame lol, what a ridiculously uniformed rant.

    • Mostapha Akhzame
      Mostapha Akhzame 21 hour ago

      The problem is that you think that we, Arabs and Muslims, look at you as if you are role models. Ask any Muslim. We pity you. I do not want to become like you. I would rather die than that, and I do not want to live in a country that kills children in their mother’s womb (abortion). I do not want to live in a country that is done Castration of children. What is wrong with that child, he did not choose? Do you want the truth? You are only people who think they are smart, but you are just people who are being manipulated. Look at Qatar, a good country economically, and its people are well-mannered to the extreme. Look at Saudi Arabia. Look at the Emirates. Look at the countries of North Africa. They are better than you

    • Libelinha A
      Libelinha A 2 days ago

      Not just Fifa but most people in football and people still pay to watch this

    • Peaches Rodriguez
      Peaches Rodriguez 3 days ago

      Thank god for electric cars. Bubbye Oil-I-Garchs.
      They better save their money..

  • Anton Romeo
    Anton Romeo Day ago +2

    I would have respected that one country that would have quit going to this world cup protesting this crazyness.

  • hassan waqar
    hassan waqar 3 days ago +2

    Love how the nation responsible for the most innocent deaths in the world by a far margin talks about morality.

  • Larry Terry
    Larry Terry 23 hours ago +51

    Thank you for exposing this travesty, John. Excellent work by you and your staff.

    • Aabta
      Aabta 7 hours ago

      don't forget how Britain was built by colonizing and murdering millions of people around the world. don't your illigal war on Iraq Bush . Blair and many other criminals still free . why dont report this . sick of your hypocricy

    • Miguel Sanchez
      Miguel Sanchez 9 hours ago +2

      We would never have known the obvious thing going on obviously...
      Because this happened overn over before...

  • Morpheus
    Morpheus 3 days ago +819

    There are few things in life as satisfying as watching a Brit mocking another Brit's British accent.

    • ᚐᚐᚏᚑᚅ
      ᚐᚐᚏᚑᚅ 3 hours ago

      @Camelopardalis He is a Mancunian, if he spoke in his real accent most of the global audience would not understand 😂, same with Paddy the Baddy for example who at times needs English subtitles 🤣

    • Mostapha Akhzame
      Mostapha Akhzame 21 hour ago

      The problem is that you think that we, Arabs and Muslims, look at you as if you are role models. Ask any Muslim. We pity you. I do not want to become like you. I would rather die than that, and I do not want to live in a country that kills children in their mother’s womb (abortion). I do not want to live in a country that is done Castration of children. What is wrong with that child, he did not choose? Do you want the truth? You are only people who think they are smart, but you are just people who are being manipulated. Look at Qatar, a good country economically, and its people are well-mannered to the extreme. Look at Saudi Arabia. Look at the Emirates. Look at the countries of North Africa. They are better than you

    • Solariis TrippleEight
      Solariis TrippleEight Day ago

      Funny Morpheus, ironic isn’t it, for this britt molloch to talk about evil. He hasn’t blinked in 2022

    • Jean Bethencourt
      Jean Bethencourt Day ago

      Anglos are so gay

    • walkfromthewaves
      walkfromthewaves Day ago

      @brmbkl2015 there are loads of British accents..over 40.
      Perhaps you mean no sure thing as 'the' British accent?

  • Stardust Visual Adventures

    I am so sad, considering how much I love football...to see that basic human rights don't mean anything to this group of corrupted vampires

  • Janice Karmon
    Janice Karmon 16 hours ago

    Aside from John's snarky deliverable, is anyone truly questioning the root injustices he's pointing out for a huge commercial bank funded on the backs of a suppressive culture to represent a "world" cup? He has a point, albeit a very tongue in cheek approach.

  • Michael Mengo
    Michael Mengo Day ago

    The David Beckham part took me out. Loving things is great but he was doing too much. There are other words to express appreciation

  • alisha ghaju
    alisha ghaju Day ago +1

    I still wonder why aren’t we talking about this! When I was talking with someone about this issue, they said it is not fear for player and fan. So, this is fair for all this people (modern slavery). I get furious when we are praising all the success of this Middle East countries with out thinking all the modern slavery.

  • CM M
    CM M Day ago +2

    John is spot on about FIFA, they are criminals! lol

  • V R
    V R Day ago +1

    In Qatar, government projects are awarded to big contractors - mostly managed by foreigners. They hire workers from overseas through agencies in south East Asian countries. The agency takes fees from the companies/contractors. As a result Contractors expect the workers to not work elsewhere once the workers arrive in Qatar.
    The government cannot control every single recruitment happening in the private sector - which is run by foreigners themselves.
    For decades, workers have been coming to Qatar from south east Asia willingly (nobody forces them on planes). The workers know that conditions in their countries (and in Europe) are worse than in Qatar.
    If the Europeans are sincere about those south East Asians, then they should hire them in Europe.

  • Blu Musix
    Blu Musix Day ago

    The first video of the men freaking out is actually a perfect example of how women lack enthusiasm for their own sports.

  • Farai Langton
    Farai Langton Day ago +14

    I am ashamed to say, this year's World Cup has been fire😭🔥. That first whistle erased all the talk. I really hope people don't just forget all this.

    • jodie vukmir
      jodie vukmir 2 hours ago

      Beg to differ....world cup soccer would be fire anywhere

    • Dan R
      Dan R Day ago

      all of it seems rigged af. tons of sus results.

    • Emmanuel Quaintance
      Emmanuel Quaintance Day ago +1

      @Farai Langton I so look forward to the next world coup in Israel. I hope it's as fire as this one :)

    • Delios90
      Delios90 Day ago

      @Farai Langton I am sure the migrant people represented in the clip will appreciate your eloquent sense of humour

    • Farai Langton
      Farai Langton Day ago +2

      @Delios90 Well its easy to enjoy any fire from a respectable distance, it only becomes uncomfortable only when you are in it.

  • Christine
    Christine 12 days ago +1379

    My mom was deployed to Qatar when I was younger, and she used to write home and tell us about how birds would just fall out of the sky dead when they hit these pockets of particularly strong heat. I can't even begin to imagine laboring there.

    • beetle bob
      beetle bob 15 hours ago

      What i wrote was a complete sentence. Two of them, as a matter of fact. What the fuck are you on about? Learn to read, i guess. 🤷

    • Kris LV
      Kris LV 2 days ago

      They have been there for 50 years…why do you guys care all of the sudden

    • Nada Sai
      Nada Sai 5 days ago +1

      dude I've lived in Saudi Arabia my whole life and I've never seen birds falling from the sky, the hell you talking about? describing countries in this way is very "othering" and harmful. Stop.

    • Mar C.
      Mar C. 5 days ago

      @Aziz Nasser There is no record of any other U.S. bases in Qatar. And they label it an international base. What others are there?

    • Aziz Nasser
      Aziz Nasser 5 days ago

      @Mar C. Wrong am afraid, AlUdais is the largest US force base in the region.

  • shreya subramaniam

    When you're sitting on an unlimited supply of oil, you can basically get away with anything.

  • Ali Kazemian
    Ali Kazemian 2 days ago +110

    John, please do an episode on Iran's situation... it is extremely important for everyone to know what is going on

    • Aahhh!!
      Aahhh!! 9 hours ago

      What's up Iran?

    • Blair Mars
      Blair Mars Day ago

      He did a short piece on it but not a main episode! I don’t think he will just because it is too late at this point ! Not much more he can say

    • Caster Troy
      Caster Troy Day ago

      What’s going on there ?

    • Stefan Harris
      Stefan Harris Day ago +1

      He won't.

  • Dave
    Dave 12 hours ago +1

    11:52 the exact conditions a relative of mine worked at an olive orchard in spain.. except they all had to go wash outside with cold water, didn't even had a toilet
    Despite the harsh work conditions they got paid in full for everything they worked!!!

  • jodie vukmir
    jodie vukmir 2 hours ago

    Loved that guy's face when he said to the reporter.."you have been to the housing area?"

  • Ned Noah
    Ned Noah 12 days ago +1300

    I lived in qatar when I was younger for several years and have witnessed this "slavery" first hand, and it's true. I remember seeing 20-30-40 dudes living in a small dirty trailer outside of construction sites and seeing them working outside in the blistering heat and hearing stories regularly about people dying on the job. It's heartbreaking. I remember feeling so bad for those people it made me cry and decide from a young age I want to change the world and help those people and all people in shitty situations. Treat others the way you'd like to be treated and be the way you'd like others to be.

    • HDD
      HDD 8 days ago

      @P Harger I’m also wondering about other things, like how many workers died at oil rigs or gas processing plants? (Much more dangerous working conditions btw), and how many workers (mostly poor or immigrants) die in freezing working conditions in Northern Europe?! There’s also the neglected role of the those countries the workers are coming from, aren’t they exploiting them too when they drain them out of money at home just to get to Qatar? Aren’t they silent about their treatment?

    • P Harger
      P Harger 8 days ago

      @HDDyes exactly…. I’m just wondering what Qatar did or didn’t do that all of a sudden the world sees their human rights issues…. could it be their refusal or inability to increase the sale of gas to EU at reduced price…? we’ve been chummy pals with them for 40 years and suddenly…

    • Lesley Spencer
      Lesley Spencer 8 days ago

      ​@Ned Noah Of course it matters what you call it, because how we define things impacts what we do about them. Most who are saying it's not slavery are trying to minimize it, implying that it's not as bad as "real slavery." Of course it's fucked up, no one's saying it's not. But calling things what they are is necessary.

    • Ned Noah
      Ned Noah 9 days ago

      @Lesley Spencer @Jürg Nobs You are arguing about semantics. It doest matter what you call it, the point is that it's fucked up

    • Krimo Ab
      Krimo Ab 9 days ago

      Why are you lying

  • Elias Söderström Aupeix

    Nasser Mohammeds metaphor at 18:35 gave me chills.
    I also hope the Quataris will benefit from all the scrutiny the country has been subject to due to the World Cup, even tho I'm certain "it will all go back to normal" once the spotlight is directed elsewhere. I also wish FIFA the best of luck in clearing out the corruption and toxic and dangerous attitudes that infest their organisation.
    Looking forward to a follow-up to this episode showing what happens to the migrant workers once the WC is over. If they are dispensable now when they are actually needed, I dread the fait that awaits them once they've served their purpose.

  • Nezar Mansour
    Nezar Mansour 21 hour ago +1

    It is amazing when a British talks about human rights in other countries around the world and ignores the fact that the UK committed and still commenting war crimes around the world, Iraq, Syria,Libya,Afghanistan and their unconditional support to the fascist apartheide Isreali regime

  • Caster Troy
    Caster Troy Day ago

    Great journalism. Wish these same journalists applied the same pressure on their governments.

  • Bodenlose Dosenhose
    Bodenlose Dosenhose 3 days ago +2

    And I guess to make up for the smallest host country ever (only 7,224 mi² "big") the FIFA gave the next World Cup to the second-biggest country in the world, which is Canada (6,204,186 mi²). And to the third-biggest country in the world, USA (6,106,012 mi²). Oh, and to the thirteenth-biggest country in the world, Mexico (1,220,606 mi²). I'm happy the FIFA learns from its mistakes. 👍😁If you're a fan of football, attend as many games as humanly possible. The bonus miles you'll make will give you unprecedented fame.

  • Kay The Magician (Kenyan Magician)

    I'm a Kenya who works in Qatar, and John has got it right again. Last week John talked on what happened to us in the past and now the present.... thank you.

    • randomness
      randomness 2 hours ago

      Go back to Kenya

    • Abdifatah Abdirashid
      Abdifatah Abdirashid 9 hours ago

      So the magic 🎩 is not working there?

    • Danial Miller
      Danial Miller 20 hours ago

      @ThiccboyFinn right? Like, they can’t leave bro

    • Kommentator
      Kommentator Day ago

      @Z why am I not surprised that something so stupid is uttered by someone using the current Nazi symbol promoting Russia's colonialism as his Clip-Share handle 🤦

    • Nairobi Nyeusi
      Nairobi Nyeusi Day ago

      Si urudi Kenya. Confused element.

  • drunkpervertedmonk
    drunkpervertedmonk 4 hours ago

    When we all saw that Tony Armstrong scene live at ABC Australia, we all knew it'll someday be featured at LWT! 🤣

  • abdulaziz alamro
    abdulaziz alamro 8 hours ago +1

    If you think the whole world should share your values you’re dreaming, wake up people.
    Respect to all religions and cultures ❤

    • C K
      C K 5 hours ago

      Even the fucked up ones? Oh wait nvm, that’s all religions.

  • Tom McGinn
    Tom McGinn 11 hours ago +8

    The world needs more of John Oliver doing his David Beckham impression. 😊

    • Aabta
      Aabta 7 hours ago

      don't forget how Britain was built by colonizing and murdering millions of people around the world. don't your illigal war on Iraq Bush . Blair and many other criminals still free . why dont report this . sick of your hypocricy

  • greenman91
    greenman91 2 days ago +4

    Lol Beckham knows exactly what he's doing.

  • Patricia A
    Patricia A 12 days ago +586

    The fact that so many people lost their lives because FIFA officials took bribes is tragic. What sticks in my craw even more is that after the tournament those stadiums will be abandoned like in previous host countries. The wealthy organisers will have profited and the poor will die for nothing.

    • Lee Viajero
      Lee Viajero 11 days ago

      Or maybe those stadiums will be converted to housing for foreign slave labour...

    • Lee Viajero
      Lee Viajero 11 days ago

      @Mr. Flibble Not even beer, since the Quatar government reneged on last minute promises to allow beer sales in the stadiums...

    • jediping
      jediping 11 days ago

      @silver & noise This doesn’t make it any better. (I assume you weren’t meaning to, but just in case.)

    • itsmyboardwhotalk
      itsmyboardwhotalk 12 days ago

      @Katie Gray i would say thats an hermeneutic argumentation which ends in two groups, which constantly fight. and its just looks at one side of the problem. for many many many people sport gives them a opportunity for stability in their life, it can work as a therapy and even can be the door to a better life. thats also the reason why people invest at all in it. because it has so many positive effects. if one forgets that then nothing will change and thats why we have to change the system and be aware that certain people always will try to use it.

    • Katie Gray
      Katie Gray 12 days ago

      @silver & noise I have to be honest the youtube notifications on the website on my browser are making it impossible for me to figure out what you're replying to and see your entire reply and make it super easy for me to reply to the wrong person about the wrong thing so I get the notification you've said other stuff but can't view it somehow. Sorry. Just ignore me.

  • Karen Young
    Karen Young 2 days ago +36

    Can we have a Part 2 on this .... the people being thrown out or refused entry to stadiums for wearing certain colours, the various FIFA U-turns, the Infantino tirade, the pressurizing of teams to not wear the One love arm band etc Come on John and team you know you want to ... keep the pressure going!

    • ifgfqa generation
      ifgfqa generation Day ago

      @brmbkl2015 the hypocrisy and the scale in difference is so marked !!!

    • Matt Hartford
      Matt Hartford Day ago +1

      Wtf are you on about?

    • brmbkl2015
      brmbkl2015 Day ago

      @ifgfqa generation what about them?
      one injury doesn't excuse another

    • Nanadaime Hokage
      Nanadaime Hokage 2 days ago

      You’re a Karen all right

    • ifgfqa generation
      ifgfqa generation 2 days ago +1

      you are brain washed! what about the 1 million dead Iraqis

  • Estoy Hasta LaMadre
    Estoy Hasta LaMadre 23 hours ago +1

    Have you noticed that, no matter what story or news you are watching... the mayor stories, at least the more serious ones, inevitable you will end up seeing the same people?
    If not in the same video, any follow-up takes you inexorably to no more than twenty to thirty people, world wide.
    And that, keeps me await at night!
    The control of all, anything, and everybody is absolute!

  • Abdullah AlBuzilfah
    Abdullah AlBuzilfah 23 hours ago

    "Every country has its own workers rights issues, including this one; for more on that see every other f*ing program we've ever done." 😁
    Respect other cultures

  • Adamant Forge
    Adamant Forge Day ago

    That the rep had to do a religious invocation right after covering up his knowing involvement in a slave labor atrocity is telling how surface level moral but pervasively horrible their oppressive interpretation of islam is.

  • Cryptic Cocktails
    Cryptic Cocktails 12 days ago +1868

    Only John can do a show about modern human slavery, get halfway through, and say “but wait, it gets worse..”

    • Soken50
      Soken50 4 days ago

      @Rogue Resurgent Sure, it's impossible that a corrupt organisation will lose its following, its sponsors, its revenue following a scandal, literally never happened...
      It's certainly not gonna happen with that attitude, but go ahead and stand on the side of the corrupt human rights abusers, it's a great look for you.

    • Rogue Resurgent
      Rogue Resurgent 4 days ago

      @Soken50 and do you not understand that "no one" is going to give up watching the World Cup? Even if you got the west to stop it wouldn't matter but getting *everyone* to stop is impossible. Completely, truly, impossible.

    • Soken50
      Soken50 6 days ago

      @Rogue Resurgent Which part of "no one" did you find to be unclear ? The mind boggles.

    • Rogue Resurgent
      Rogue Resurgent 6 days ago

      @Soken50 you're not serious right? "If no one watched the cup-" most of the world is watching, all of western Europe and North America could refuse to and it wouldn't change a thing.

    • BigSnipp
      BigSnipp 10 days ago

      And then say, it's OK, I'm still watching.

  • J0KeZ
    J0KeZ Day ago +5

    "The west is a technological giant, but a moral dwarf"- Carl Jung.

    • J0KeZ
      J0KeZ Hour ago

      @Cyril Sneer Did you even read my initial comment? I said I condemn Qatar'a mistreatment of workers. But the west has a underlaying hypocritical motive when it criticizes the east on moral issues.

    • Cyril Sneer
      Cyril Sneer Hour ago

      @J0KeZ Right, is quite equal! But why you call it "the west", when it is much worse in non democratic/poor countries?
      It is anywhere! And it is the task of a country, or any human to fight against it, even the chance of winning is not given!
      But the "Problem" of your thinking is, that the failures/wrongs of "the west" make it than right for other countries to willingly do that too!
      Bad+bad are not good!
      Can you understand that?
      Really? Double Standards?
      The west is not so glorious as the say from his own? (like every human)
      They have Problems too?
      Good morning!
      What else you believe/not know?
      It can be not the missing of Informations. Because you online!
      So what makes you so naiv? 🤔

    • J0KeZ
      J0KeZ Hour ago

      @Cyril Sneer I agree. The core belief of western civilization is accumulation of wealth. So atleast they are consistent in that.
      But by the very same logic. Qatar also had monetary motivations to mistreat workers.
      You're question was very stupid to begin with. It's clear cut what is meant by "The west" and "giant".

    • Cyril Sneer
      Cyril Sneer 5 hours ago

      @J0KeZ hmm...
      A simple Yes/No-Question is obviously to hard for you...
      Why "the west" make business with them? Because its Money! And Money ruled the World!
      Should this be a Argument for anything?
      The west make business with them, ergo they must be nice!? Fact, right? 🤔🤣😂🤦‍♂️
      Poor victim...

    • J0KeZ
      J0KeZ 5 hours ago

      @Cyril Sneer Remember what the fifa president said? "I think what us Europeans(westerners) have done in the past 3k years. We should be apologizing for the next 3k years before giving moral lessons to others".
      If Qatar is so inhuman and bad. Why doesn't the west halt all diplomatic relationships with these backwards savages?. U.K has no problem having it's football equipment being produced in Bangladesh for dirt-cheap prices. But 'Qatar bad' for worker treatment.
      Is Qatar wrong for the treatment of it's workers? Absolutely. But when the west criticizes an eastern nation, the underlaying hypocritical tone is crystal clear. They don't give two shits about the worker rights. It's just that "the west shouldn't do anything that makes these backwards people look good".

  • Elvis Tan
    Elvis Tan 2 days ago

    Well, we better see this same energy when the World Cup gets hosted in the US. Lots of issues to cancel the US as a host for the World Cup e.g. American prison industry complex that’s similar to the Kafala system, draconian abortion laws, war crimes in the Middle East etc.
    But the Western media will probably never bring these up 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • howdy sailor
    howdy sailor Day ago +2

    another reason why i dont watch sports
    players forget who create their status. these people building stadiums and living in these camp sites.
    those players owe those people

  • Eduardo Sosa
    Eduardo Sosa 2 days ago +6

    5:05 that was also the same time when FIFA announced the host for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which was Russia.

  • Kani Ou
    Kani Ou 10 days ago +1314

    "A cartel-like group of scumbags and assorted criminals who ocassionaly put on soccer matches." This is by far the best FIFA's description I've ever heard of.

    • Lissy London
      Lissy London 7 days ago +2

      Can we put that on the google and wiki page as the descriptor?

    • Bosna H
      Bosna H 7 days ago

      @Spider-ling yeah america is so nice that they cant even fix the potholes in their infrastructure. Holland is the grandfather of america. america only seems the land to live but in reality it really isnt

    • Christian Dauz
      Christian Dauz 7 days ago

      Jan 6th, Rampant Mass Shootings, Bail is a Crime Against Humanity, Cars are the main focused of transportation, etc
      John points out all the horrific parts of the US all the fucking tine retards
      Swedish cops have never killed a child. US cops kill 200 a year!

    • GLOW UP
      GLOW UP 7 days ago +2

      Just like Olympics and super bowls

    • Qasim Choudhery
      Qasim Choudhery 7 days ago

      @Spider-ling Irrelevant again. If no country is innocent because they gave a kid a papercut, then America is the most guilty for having killed the kid in the first place. Not only that, America's crimes are ongoing and unlike other countries, it didn't pay reparations.
      China has not committed Uyghur genocide as your western conspiracy theory states, and in fact not a single dead body has been found from this so called "genocide".
      So again, claiming that no country is innocent is irrelevant when the USA not only doesn't pay for it's crimes, but it continues to commit them. America is objectively several times more racist as western studies themselves have shown, and women are abused far less in Muslim countries. But it doesn't matter because you still don't seem to understand what I've said many times already. It doesn't matter how good of a life one gets in the USA because it's all based on plunder and genocide of a continent, something that most countries haven't actually done. So yeah, most countries actually ARE innocent, it's just the USA that is guilty.

  • Hayder Neamah
    Hayder Neamah 3 days ago +6

    I watched this couple of times and finally got it 🤣"a tacaw"

  • XBlackStarX7
    XBlackStarX7 Day ago

    This whole problem all stems from their own countries selling their souls for money by allowing countries to used their own citizens like this. If their own country refuses to protect their own citizens from being victims of forced slavery what can the rest of the world chance to change anything. No matter how much criticism we throw at these countries that like to exploit immigrants, they can barely be considered a wolf in sheep's clothing. The real problem is the countries that allows the exploitations, ignoring that problem just to focus on the effect is like treating all the symptoms of cancer and not the cancer itself.

  • the Golden Spider-Duck
    the Golden Spider-Duck 17 hours ago

    For reference, Coober Pedy in mid-Australia gets to that stadium's heat. A lot of the accommodation there is underground.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    Every time I hear David Beckham’s voice, I thank the sweet baby jesus I’m not chewing on a prime cut of extra-well done, gristle-bound, Sharper-Image-purveyed, “Trump Steaks” steak because, well, I’d be laughing too hard to do the Heimlich maneuver on myself and you can guess the rest. That’s 2 things a dude would DEF come in handy for; THAT and the fucking “Booze Bus Holiday Trolley Tour of Existential Dread”-whoops!-I meant to say “Blah blah blah….Tour of LIGHTS.”

    • Elizabeth Taylor
      Elizabeth Taylor Day ago

      I just LUFF(LUB? LUBPH???) Christmas, it’s perfection to me…👁🫀🎄!

  • FafliX
    FafliX 12 days ago +1020

    About the "One Love" Armbands: Fifa has apparently threatened teams who wear those with penalties. Not just financial ones. Yellow cards for any players who wear them, maybe even red cards. And talk behind the scenes is that they even threatened to take away points from teams.
    So yeah, we know where Fifa stands.

    • eboe
      eboe 15 hours ago

      @Danny Conway Every single player should wear them, every single one at the tournament. Solidarity. Why isn't the player's union doing something about this bullshit?

    • Al Amin Md Tanvir
      Al Amin Md Tanvir 8 days ago +1

      Long live FIFA !

    • Krimo Ab
      Krimo Ab 9 days ago

      Your fake values don’t belong here all i see is racist comment from the west and let me tell you something we don’t care alhamdoliah this will be the best world cup ever now keep quiet and don’t watch 😂😂😂 alphabet community clowns 🤡 every year adding new alphabet what a joke

    • perplexed
      perplexed 10 days ago

      for MORE of John Oliver commentary on the World Cup, search “Men in Blazers John Oliver” on youtube >>> do watch and share, it's AWESOME, even better than this episode !!!
      full title: John Oliver, Matthew Rhys & Kelley O'Hara Preview World Cup 2022 | Men in Blazers Live in NYC

    • N R
      N R 11 days ago

      @Dirk Schäfer i agree, especially for the ones who are already established players, they made millions and even if they get punished in some way, it wouldn't make a big difference for them. i somewhat understand it when young talents are afraid to take a stance. but a guy like manuel neuer who has won everything and made millions doesn't have much to lose, it probably would even help him to get some new sponsors, if thats what he want and it would add to his legacy

  • Felix Pettersson Castillo

    I’ve seen so many middle eastern football fans actually defending Qatars modern day slavery with the argument that slavery existed in for example the US for a long time. Imagine that your best argument for having slavery in your country is that other countries too have had slavery in the past. Amazing. So sick of FIFA.

    • Felix Pettersson Castillo
      Felix Pettersson Castillo Day ago

      @Kris LV I will gladly answer your question. No, I do not drive a car in the west, or anywhere else for that matter. Neither have I done so for the last three years. Will you now answer my question that you’ve been avoiding? Do you condemn the slavery which is currently taking place in Qatar for the benefit of FIFA?

    • Kris LV
      Kris LV Day ago

      @Felix Pettersson Castillo no I’m not..I’m saying your argument holds no value IF you also contribute to the problem which I’m sure you do

    • Felix Pettersson Castillo
      Felix Pettersson Castillo 2 days ago

      @Kris LV How extremely ignorant of you to completely dismiss and ignore my arguments. But then again, if one cannot condemn the actions in Qatar, I doubt they are willing to have a real argument which does not dismiss the others points. Typical.

    • Kris LV
      Kris LV 2 days ago

      @Felix Pettersson Castillo I’m south Asian myself but I admit privileged.. Whether we want to admit or not their life back home is much worst..that’s why there is always a long line to enter to Middle East…fix those places and these people won’t have to work so far…

    • Kris LV
      Kris LV 2 days ago

      @Felix Pettersson Castillo do you drive a car in the west? Then you’re part of the problem so get off your high horse…westerners always do this..the arrogance and condescension knows no bounds.

  • Ron Suazo
    Ron Suazo 2 days ago

    Much of this was spot on but I have a few issues with it. 1. While FIFA are ultimately the most culpable, how can we not also point at participating FA’s and players? There is no competition without athletes. They could have said no to this. 2. John Oliver is at least honest about his hypocrisy. He tells us this is all awful and built on dead migrant workers and slavery, but will still watch. By watching we are collectively being complacent and co-signing Qatar and FIFA’s atrocities.

  • MrJackHoliday
    MrJackHoliday 6 days ago +163

    I feel like this video omitted a crucial avenue of potential reform: sponsors. FIFA may be corrupt and unaccountable, but they love money, and major advertisers are much more responsive to criticism, particularly in the West. FIFA's major sponsors include Visa, Adidas, and Hyundai Kia. It would be much more productive to push those sponsors than hope for FIFA to see the error of its ways.

    • Jack Mehoff
      Jack Mehoff 9 hours ago

      Here's the problem with that proposal... if fifa were only in the west, it would make sense; same way Kanye had received criticism n Adidas dropped him. Adidas basically cut of one section of a particular revenue stream
      The issue lies in the fact that fifa is a global brand - fifa is watched all around the world through various organizations at all times of the year. Your proposal is good in theory but wouldn't work in practice.

    • eboe
      eboe 16 hours ago +1

      @Edith Esquivel They have factories in the US.

    • Fredrik Claesson
      Fredrik Claesson 2 days ago +1

      Unless you watch what the major sponsor Budweiser managed to make Fifa do in Brazil.....

    • Edith Esquivel
      Edith Esquivel 2 days ago +1

      Kia? From the West?

    • Nimbus Minx
      Nimbus Minx 2 days ago +2

      John would have to drink an entire case of Bud-Lite Lime to make that happen.

  • Paradiddleheaven
    Paradiddleheaven 23 hours ago

    20:43 "Rememberrrr" John awkwardly losing his accent in real time 😂

  • Farzin Amisha
    Farzin Amisha 11 days ago +2452

    Hi John,
    I’m a Bangladeshi who moved to Chicago at the age of 14 back in 2014. My connecting flight was in Qatar, and I flew with hundreds of Bangladeshi people who were so excited, filled with hope for a better future for themselves and their families as they were traveling to Qatar for their new job opportunities. My heart hurts to imagine how their hopes were shattered over the years, and to wonder how many of the poor Bangladeshi men and women I traveled with that day have died due to these conditions there.
    Thank you for sharing their stories, and for giving migrant workers from Bangladesh and the rest of the underprivileged countries the voice they never had.

    • abdell khal
      abdell khal 7 days ago

      How did Chicago treat you 😂😂😂

    • A alkholy
      A alkholy 7 days ago

      Stats shows Bangladeshi personnel in the gulf have the highest crime rates and highest law violations rates as well.

    • Al Amin Md Tanvir
      Al Amin Md Tanvir 8 days ago

      lol bots 😅😅

    • cao cao
      cao cao 8 days ago

      maybe your "bangladesh brothers" didn't resist the high temperatures in qatar, why it have to be like they mistreated them ??? stop spreading this bs you sad

    • immaculate peter
      immaculate peter 8 days ago +1

      @Night Nyungwe and it’s not just Qatar we know many Arab countries do this.

  • Galbis Abdi
    Galbis Abdi 9 hours ago +1

    Remember, you're pointing one finger at Qataris but three are pointing back at you . Never believe western media. ☮ and 💜

    TMKN SYR Day ago

    Regarding the workers' rights, it is absolutely necessary to improve, and they are doing that according to theirs authority.
    But regarding the rainbow flag, alcohol, how they treat their own ppl, I think it is so ignorant and irogant of the Western culture to try infocing their values into other cultures. Guys they are hosting you and keeping you safe on their own land! You totally dont have any right to teach other cultures how to live and what to value or not in their life, and the footballer omg you are their to play football, so focus on that and try not get knocked off.

  • Hammster69
    Hammster69 Day ago +1

    How do you figure England's World Cup is going to end on PKs, given that Germany didn't make it out of the group stage?

  • Ольга Шенкаренко

    in the next episode tell us about how the US was built, who built it, and how the natives' rights were kept. That's from the past; as for the presence: tell us about laborers' rights, the health care system, and how often children come back from school in a body bag

  • Emy🌌
    Emy🌌 12 minutes ago +1

    The next world cup will be in the US, I want to see if everybody will critisize the US like they did with Qatar. And I'm not saying Qatar is great but the US has also violated Human Rights.

  • FourTelli
    FourTelli 13 hours ago

    I cannot wait to see what will you say about 2026 WC and looking forward to see you highlight about the USA and its allies' illegal invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc.

  • Abdulla Alansari
    Abdulla Alansari 6 hours ago

    Many statements in this report are inaccurate, especially about migrante workers conditions and rights. All contractors working on World Cup projects (not only stadiums) must comply with the “welfare” policy, which is so stringent and one sided to to the benefit of workers ageist employers. under this policy, it is “impossible” that one single worker was unpaid, no way.
    Labour laws in Qatar are in-plance; in the 1990s, these laws were reformed, and then again extremely re-reformed to be one sided (to the benefit of employees) in recent years. It must also be known that most of the cases where employees/labors are not given their benefits or are mistreated, the responsible is the given company’s GM or HR manager, who are typically from the “same” country of the workers. The same goes with the recruiting companies in these counties who “loot” their own countrymen to offer them an opportunity to work abroad.
    Finally, it is worth knowing that the following stadiums were built by the below international companies:
    - Al Janoub Stadium (Six Construct - a Belgian contractor)
    - Al Bayt Stadium (Salini Impregilo - Italian contractor)
    - Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium (Larson & Toubro - Indian contractor)
    - Khalifa Stadium Upgrade (Six Construct - a Belgian contractor)
    - Lusail Stadium (China Railway Construction Corporation - Chinese contractor)

  • suresh limbu
    suresh limbu 7 days ago +494

    Thank you sir for highlighting the story of migrant workers. My uncles son died of cardiac arrest working in harsh conditions. Read a horrific story in reputed Nepali newspaper of how they punished Nepali workers if they left and worked in another company because of low salary and harsh living conditions. They would make the workers sit in hot midday sun 45-50 degree Celsius. The Nepali migrant workers would faint. Then they would take the body to shaded place revive them with cold water. After he gained conscious they would put him back to the sun. These people are monsters. I have decided to boycott watching world cup 2022.

    • wet timguavass
      wet timguavass 3 days ago

      @Knossos Tell el-Amarna the gabachos

    • wet timguavass
      wet timguavass 3 days ago

      The worst country to be a woman is the USA. 70,000 missing black girls. No statistic on how many brown women. No states on femicides. 81 percent of women have or will experience some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime. The USA is the Sex trafficking capital of the world. over 150,000 women in prison. 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing permanent forced sterilizations for prisoners. 9000 women in migrant prison, unclear how many have been forcefully sterilized. USA ranks 76 for women in national parliaments. .....and much much more

    • wet timguavass
      wet timguavass 3 days ago

      @Knossos Tell el-Amarna illegals would be the white gringos ....

    • Knossos Tell el-Amarna
      Knossos Tell el-Amarna 3 days ago

      @wet timguavass you mean illegal immigrants? If they came & apply for work legally none of this would happen in the US. Stop defending the qatari regime, you're just making yourself look bad

    • King Devil
      King Devil 3 days ago +1

      I'm boycotting Qatar too

  • NeX
    NeX 12 days ago +5629

    The way audience's reaction changed from nothing when hearing 52C to a big *gasp* after knowing 125F was really funny.

    • Dislexual
      Dislexual 3 days ago

      @Canal Ten Thousand We would, but then we'd miss the jokes the rest of the world makes about us. I guess we're a bit masochistic like that.
      Oooh call us stupid harder daddy. 😘

    • wet timguavass
      wet timguavass 3 days ago

      that pretty common in the USA, migrant farm workers work for nothing or something for nothing at all. IN Florida, they sometimes use slave labor, slaves, where they get no money, get beat up and forced to stay on the farm

    • Ridwan Faysal
      Ridwan Faysal 4 days ago

      In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
      Blessed is He in whose hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent -
      [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving -
      [And] who created seven heavens in layers. You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky]; do you see any breaks?
      Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued.
      And We have certainly beautified the nearest heaven with stars and have made [from] them what is thrown at the devils and have prepared for them the punishment of the Blaze.
      And for those who disbelieved in their Lord is the punishment of Hell, and wretched is the destination.
      When they are thrown into it, they hear from it a [dreadful] inhaling while it boils up.
      It almost bursts with rage.
      Every time a company is thrown into it, its keepers ask them, “Did there not come to you a warner?”
      They will say,” Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, ‘Allah has not sent down anything. You are not but in great error.'”
      And they will say, “If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze.”
      And they will admit their sin, so [it is] alienation for the companions of the Blaze.
      Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will have forgiveness and great reward.
      And conceal your speech or publicize it; indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts.
      Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?
      It is He who made the earth tame for you - so walk among its slopes and eat of His provision - and to Him is the resurrection.
      Do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not cause the earth to swallow you and suddenly it would sway?
      Or do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not send against you a storm of stones? Then you would know how [severe] was My warning.
      And already had those before them denied, and how [terrible] was My reproach.
      Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing.
      Or who is it that could be an army for you to aid you other than the Most Merciful? The disbelievers are not but in delusion.
      Or who is it that could provide for you if He withheld His provision? But they have persisted in insolence and aversion.
      Then is one who walks fallen on his face better guided or one who walks erect on a straight path?
      Say, “It is He who has produced you and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful.”
      Say, “It is He who has multiplied you throughout the earth, and to Him you will be gathered.”
      And they say, “When is this promise, if you should be truthful?”
      Say, “The knowledge is only with Allah, and I am only a clear warner.”
      But when they see it approaching, the faces of those who disbelieve will be distressed, and it will be said, “This is that for which you used to call.”
      Say, [O Muhammad], “Have you considered: whether Allah should cause my death and those with me or have mercy upon us, who can protect the disbelievers from a painful punishment?”
      Say, “He is the Most Merciful; we have believed in Him, and upon Him we have relied. And you will [come to] know who it is that is in clear error.”
      Say, “Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the earth], then who could bring you flowing water?”

    • Rabbit love
      Rabbit love 5 days ago

      Yeah the "oooooh"

    • Blast Radius
      Blast Radius 5 days ago

      @Canal Ten Thousand not ever.

  • Fleurs de Lilas
    Fleurs de Lilas 2 days ago +1

    This workers rights issue is unacceptable. But as you say it, talking against it from a country built on the lives of actual old-school slaves, who, unlike the workers in Qatar, had no choice in going to the land where they were exploited, is just as hypocritical.

  • Adil Abdul Aziz
    Adil Abdul Aziz Day ago

    Hi! I’m an Indian working in Qatar since (2009) before Qatar was awarded the World Cup 2022. It’s not just desert and camels. It’s okay to try and develop a country- that’s what everyone who loves their country does.
    It’s sad to see some countries and their media biased against Qatar despite the fact that majority of the population here is expatriates who earn a living here, get medical and other benefits here- not to mention zero tax on personal income.
    Like any country, here too, there might be some discrimination against migrants which are being addressed. Qatar’s actions will speak. Who do you think got the 220B (if that’s actually true)? It’s paid to the thousands of foreign investors and suppliers and workers, some based in the same countries now working against Qatar.
    Qatar doesn’t need publicity or clean branding. It owns so much inside and outside its own territory and it has so much of gas reserves that’s way more cleaner than oil. Pls check true agendas of your sources when quoting the migrant deaths. The subject of LGBTQ has also been addressed. Everyone’s welcome here. But respect local culture and values.
    If you can’t, don’t come. Simple. Don’t join the club of liars trying to get more views criticizing the largest event happening now. Qatar is way better than what you are trying to portray. Guests here are enjoying the game and the culture and the great hospitality.

    • eboe
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  • Hadjar Bessaih MiharBess

    The jealousy of the white man is hilarious 😂

    • MyBoys D
      MyBoys D Day ago +3

      Nobodys jealous of slavery except crazy immoral people.

  • 180 ÐECIBEŁ
    180 ÐECIBEŁ 3 days ago

    "JAaaaa vi glade for TV2 herover i Danmark shahahhaha", will also say that the fact this show and a Danish show about two gay reporters going to Qatar share sources (aka Nasser Mohammed) make me kinda proud of the domestic journalism we've got over here...

  • Samriddhi Sharma
    Samriddhi Sharma 12 days ago +3338

    As a Nepali, hearing and seeing dead Nepalese body entering country now and then, hearing the stories of the family members of the deceased people. I am so glad that John Oliver and HBO decided to shed light on this topic.

    • MoJoHand
      MoJoHand 2 days ago

      @Snarky. LiveQatar is not an American pet they’re closer with Iran than the US.

    • Samriddhi Sharma
      Samriddhi Sharma 3 days ago +2

      @Bence Geo yeah we shall, but why are you defending malpractices?

    • Bence Geo
      Bence Geo 3 days ago

      Tell John Oliver to talk about Human right violations in Western countries. Why don’t they expose those crimes any where. Qataris shouldn’t allow them to do the interview with him. Search human rights violations in Western and European countries. You don’t need to listen to JohnOlivers hatred news

    • King Devil
      King Devil 3 days ago +1

      @Alucard Hellsing poverty.

    • King Devil
      King Devil 3 days ago +1

      @Hassan buali stop reacting with your dogmatic Faith

  • GGR TheMostGodless
    GGR TheMostGodless 2 days ago

    Same things would happen if American football were a global thing, fortunately it isn't. Imagine how fast American citizens would forget all of it as soon as the game starts, they do it for each and every game!! Or even for NASCAR...

  • Random Person
    Random Person Day ago

    He also forgot to mention Harry Kane didn't wear the armband.
    You see it's easy to virtue signal when there are no consequences, you get a pat on the back.
    But once Harry Kane learned he'd receive an automatic yellow card if he wore the band well the situation changed. He was like " A yellow card? The hell with gay rights." lol
    So yea, he didn't do it when he realized he'd have to pay some sort of small price for it. Such is the case with most virtue signalers. They don't really care about the issue they're pawning off. They just want virtue points for free.

  • Kyle Lyon
    Kyle Lyon 6 days ago +577

    They coulda made an entire episode of John Oliver doing David Beckham impressions god that was gold

    • Tuben Salat
      Tuben Salat 3 days ago

      Yeah, I'd watch an episode of that, too.

    • Gareth Western
      Gareth Western 4 days ago +1

      @Kyle Lyon "a tah-co"

    • Kyle Lyon
      Kyle Lyon 4 days ago +3

      @Edna Shalev why r u asking me

    • Edna Shalev
      Edna Shalev 4 days ago

      Do the Qataris know Beckham is half Jewish????

  • Adam Borries
    Adam Borries 14 hours ago

    Don't know why you are picking on Beckham. He seems like a happy, loving person.

  • AB Ba
    AB Ba 13 hours ago +1

    You nailed it John.🔨🔨

  • Delta Zulu
    Delta Zulu 2 days ago +1

    It’s not a modern day form of slavery. It’s indentured servitude. It’s been a very real form of slavery for a long time.

  • TERB!
    TERB! Day ago +1

    What are they even going to do with that "city" once the games are done and everyone leaves and never comes back?

    • J. W.
      J. W. 13 hours ago

      they‘ll be abandoned but Qatar gets away with the + so who cares…

  • Timoteo Silva
    Timoteo Silva Day ago +19

    "do you know how hot 52 celcious is?! its 125 degrees"...
    Crowd- ooohhhhh!

    • Herb Powell
      Herb Powell 10 hours ago

      Closer to 126 (just sayin'... .)

  • Archmage Ilmryn
    Archmage Ilmryn 12 days ago +277

    The sad part about all of this is that Qatar banning beer sales during the tournament is far more likely to have lasting effects on the selection process than the human rights abuses...

    • perplexed
      perplexed 10 days ago

      this is so depressingly true

    • Ton W
      Ton W 12 days ago

      @D Z I'm a Muslim but I can't hide my disdain on Arabs, especially those in Kingdoms' circles. They are disgusting and evil. Bragging about how devout they are while so many wrongdoings and bending rules from Koran happened is pure hyprocrite

    • Robert Hill
      Robert Hill 12 days ago

      @Kit Coffey Religion has ALWAYS been about controlling people in order keep them in line and from threatening clergy, monarchy, and owners.

    • Kit Coffey
      Kit Coffey 12 days ago +4

      @Paul Mutzel Correct. If it's a rule only for the poors, it's not religious

    • Steve J.
      Steve J. 12 days ago +4

      @COGITORIUM well said! My father and grandparents are all from Poland. My grandparents were also in labor camps. The world is improving objectively for more and more people, but we are just more aware of the atrocities that go on globally. That’s good on the one hand, for transparency’s sake, but it also can make people feel too insignificant to make change.

  • Zach Ferell
    Zach Ferell 3 days ago +65

    I'm honestly surprised there wasn't a comparison between Kafala and the American prison industry complex.

    • Moses Raradza
      Moses Raradza 2 days ago

      Like seriously? You want to compare prisoners and free people??

    • Moses Raradza
      Moses Raradza 2 days ago +1

      Like seriously? You want to compare prisoners and free people??

    • SirZebra
      SirZebra 2 days ago

      ​@Libelinha A Those are sent to death in most states, and are not eligible to any reintegration programs hence can't be abused by private corporations through their work, they have actually a privilege compared to all other inmates, whatever their crime is
      It's almost funny to be honest. You treat serial killers with more dignity than some random guy that had multiple traffic violations for example...

    • Libelinha A
      Libelinha A 2 days ago

      @SirZebra depending on the crimes one committed yes they might be considered inhumane

    • Ree H
      Ree H 2 days ago

      Certainly a heinous workers comp issue

  • Tik Turd.
    Tik Turd. 3 days ago

    thank you john oliver for bringing these human rights issues and labor issues to the world. I hope that the world fights for workers like Dinesh the working conditions in most middle east countries is very similar. the migrant workers are manipulated by agents in their own countries. cheap unskilled labor is dangerous and thats the reason for so many deaths.the middle east has tons of money and they will continue to exploit cheap labor from poor asian countries. the world will forget about qatar the minute the world cup is over. the rich arabs in their spotless white garbs will stick their thumbs to the rest of the world. saudi Arabia might win the bid for 2030. what a damn shame...

  • Álvaro MD
    Álvaro MD Day ago +1

    So great and important is this episode!

  • richSalaz me
    richSalaz me 6 days ago +98

    I'm living in Dubai, just a shy over 600km away from Qatar. The temperature is no joke! The heat normally starts on April or May, and cool down by November. However, it is tru that the temp reaches over 50°C plus the humidity. A simple 5mins walk from my house to the metro at 7am is enough to make me sweat like crazy, can't imagine if they work from hours and hours under the open sun.

    • nicole06964
      nicole06964 3 days ago +1

      I’m in Kuwait and just walking from my house to the car is painful.

    • The Truth
      The Truth 3 days ago +1


  • Daeric
    Daeric 12 days ago +464

    I’m a gulf citizen and I am so glad that the western media is shedding light on the abusive Kafala system. Our governments are only reactionary to global pressures and hopefully the events in Qatar can drive our leaders to abolish this exploitation driven system.

    • Alexandra Daniele
      Alexandra Daniele 12 days ago +1

      Do you really think global pressure is going to abolish Kafala? That pressure is likely to be very short lived.

    • Robert Hill
      Robert Hill 12 days ago +1

      @sumo master I've seen the construction workers' housing in Dubai. It is no better than Qatar and the UAE'S treatment of foreign construction laborers is not significantly better than that of Qatar.

    • Kit Coffey
      Kit Coffey 12 days ago

      Your governments should be investing in massive climate driven emigration, not wasteful, gaudy, slave-labor-made infrastructure in a fundamentally uninhabitable place.

    • John Doe
      John Doe 12 days ago +4

      Don’t hold your breath. Even the host of this show, after revealing all the evil they do said “but I’m still going to watch anyway.” So if he supposedly cares so much, but not willing to do the bare minimum of not tuning into watch the matches, then there’s no hope.
      People are too addicted to their forms of entertainment and too apathetic to anything not harming them directly to take a stand.

    • John R
      John R 12 days ago

      I guess this is what happens when you select what is essentially a ‘shit hole’ country to host such an event.

  • Eduardo Palacio
    Eduardo Palacio Day ago

    I love how John is British but his David Beckham's accent is so bad 😂

  • Carolyn Wolfe
    Carolyn Wolfe 3 days ago +2

    Thank you John Oliver for shining a huge spotlight on the atrocious treatment of the laborers and the human rights violations. You always open our eyes to the reality behind the scenes. You do it by helping us to understand the harsh reality that we need to know about, yet doing it with your signature grace and humor. Thank you so much!

    • ROBERT
      ROBERT 2 days ago

      Hello 👋 How are you doing today?

  • isabel green
    isabel green Day ago +2

    Excelent as usual! Your shows always on point, great research! very necessary to this barbaric
    Thanks John

  • Super Saiyan Drawing

    Blatter already got a netflix special though haha even if it's not exactly portraying him positive

  • Wendy On
    Wendy On 12 days ago +280

    David Beckham did a TV cooking show in Japan called SMAP Cooking. He said "It's good" so many times that the celebrities cooking asked if he could say anything else.

    • shards0fwords
      shards0fwords 12 days ago


    • Robert Hill
      Robert Hill 12 days ago +4

      Sacrifice? Give me a break. Most of them are happy to avoid anything that requires reading and logic.

    • Caron Stout
      Caron Stout 12 days ago +5

      Herschel Walker: " It's good!"

    • Ain Soph
      Ain Soph 12 days ago +3

      It seems people forget how much some athletes sacrifice in order to become the very best. Thorough education and a well-developed vocabulary are frequently among the first to go.

    • Caron Stout
      Caron Stout 12 days ago +6

      He's the British version of the American football star who was "passed" through college with dismal grades because of his skills on the football field.

  • spaceoil2
    spaceoil2 2 days ago

    Very unusual, I actually agree with what is coming out of Oliver's mouth on this one. Disgraceful FIFA, disgusting trough feeding pundits - yes you Beckam, Lineker et al. The whole thing is a shameful exercise in money grabbing on the back of migrant worker deaths.

  • Condor
    Condor 3 days ago +5

    John Oliver is hilarious 😂
    You should hang out with Trevor Noah, someday! You both are quick, intelligent, witty, and really funny dudes!

    • Morpheus
      Morpheus 3 days ago +1

      Trevor Noah is dumb as a sack of manure. And almost as witty and funny.

  • s99bf0c8
    s99bf0c8 Day ago +1

    Standard middle East. Same thing happens in every other country in that region every single day.

  • james nobaj
    james nobaj 2 days ago +4

    This kind of labor practices has been going on for decades. It’s not new. The international community is not doing anything. Pathetic! 😢

  • Tromatojuice
    Tromatojuice 11 days ago +127

    "There's something pretty fucked up about arguing it's too hot for peak athletes to be outside for 90 minutes but you know what it's completely fine for people to build stadium in that heat". That pretty much sums up up most major sports events IMO.