He focused mainly on making fun of David Beckham (fair), and pointing out the mistreatment of the workers who built the stadiums, although I feel he could of highlighted more atrocities. Only one interview of an otherwise healthy (and alive) worker which people will feel sorry for getting screwed, but not really appreciate the brutality.
I want to add: I hate the term “modern day slavery”. Stop qualifying it. It is slavery, using “modern day” makes it sound less than what it was. Many of the workers may not have been captured and brought to Qatar, instead being lured, but the end result is the same. Even being financially trapped still wouldn’t have made workers work in 52C/125F weather. There had to be physical consequences. He did mention that the official estimated deaths recorded were likely way lower than reality, but didn’t delve further.
Then came mention of women. Hurray! He said that women had limited rights and needed men’s permission to; marry, travel, work in certain government jobs, and must provide proof of marriage before they get prenatal care. No mention of what happens to women who break the rules.
But we got a mention! 22 seconds in the entire 24 minute segment.
LGBTQ got a lot longer. About 2 minutes, with greater detail of what happens to them and an interview with an asylum seeker. At least he focused on actually gay people.
I don’t resent on the focus on LGB rights in Qatar. I think it’s what organizations like Stonewall should have been focusing on all along since gay marriage was legalized pretty much everywhere in the West. Go fight for people truly oppressed and in danger. If wearing armbands is a minor show of support, well, it’s very little to be honest, but it’s something.
John Oliver then points out how FIFA actually likes working with despotic rulers and has never cared about human rights.
He kept including women’s rights when repeating the 3 biggest sins of Qatar, the mistreatment of workers, women and LGBTQ people, so there’s that.
He finishes with saying that, much to his shame, he’ll still be watching it because he loves it so.
Seriously? Way to give yourself a pass.
I’ll admit I’m interested in watching a few games. But unless it’s on someone’s phone or something I happen to be passing by, I won’t. I will make a point not to purchase anything from any advertisers sponsoring the World Cup.