U.S. comedian John Oliver has ripped apart Australia’s same-sex marriage survey in a way that only someone from outside the country can.
Appearing on his talk show Last Week Tonight, Oliver started by calling the survey an “odd thing to do” because polling already exists that shows the majority of Australians are in favour of same sex marriage. “Yes, parliament could just pass it into law. But it hasn’t,” he told his audience.
Things escalated rapidly from there.
It’s a “non legally binding voluntary public postal vote at a public cost of $122 million dollars”, he explained.
Oliver called it “the weirdest waste of Australian money since every Baz Luhrmann movie ever made”. Ouch.
He went onto criticise the ‘no’ campaign for its nonsensical and damaging messaging. The examples he used were excruciating.
There was member of parliament Kevin Andrews, who appeared on Sky News saying “affectionate” relationships are okay, but they don’t have to involve marriage. “I have an affectionate relationship with my cycling buddies,” Andrews said, seeming to miss the point of same sex marriage entirely.
“You know… we do f*ck,” Oliver joked.
Then there was Sophie York from the lobby group ‘Marriage Alliance’.
In the snippet Oliver showed, York opened her presentation to a group of lobbyists with this welcome: “Ladies and gentleman – if I may still use that term in these genderfluid times”, before suggesting same-sex marriage should be called ‘garriage’ instead.