One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Oct 7, 2019
  • John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.
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  • geniusfollower
    geniusfollower Hour ago

    John's female writers ribbing him and letting him go on air with plausibly half-serious, incomplete information for the sake of a joke is the kind of hilarity I am here for.

  • Bence Bálint
    Bence Bálint 4 hours ago

    There are 34 million more males than females in a country with a population of 1.386 billion. Doesn't seem all that significant to me.

  • Rusty Shackleford
    Rusty Shackleford 5 hours ago

    Xi Jingping must have been gutted to have to spend time away from Overwatch.

  • Ella Rose
    Ella Rose 10 hours ago

    ... can I just add, as a scientist, rocket science is ironically the easiest science. I wonder why ppl still use it as an idiom, or whatever form of rhetoric ‘it’s not rocket science’ is.

  • Ella Rose
    Ella Rose 10 hours ago

    Sorry. Can someone explain coz I’m confused. Is 2 now the max or do they want them to have exactly 2? ... I would never want to force it, but wouldn’t a better suggestion be have one child and adopt one child if they’re set on the whole number 2 thing?

  • Ella Rose
    Ella Rose 10 hours ago

    John is one of the only men that make sense to me on this planet. How does anyone ever equate a person to a doll.
    Trafficking. I’m so sick of humanity.

  • Ella Rose
    Ella Rose 10 hours ago

    I’m all for family planning, but on a democratic level... not communist versions. Wow. Why didn’t they get medical scientists and gyno practitioners.
    ... I cannot un-see that duck.

  • ocean man
    ocean man 19 hours ago

    Pizza rat is probably dead

  • Rob S
    Rob S Day ago

    Feeling bad for 50Cent right now.

  • Jayne Zhou
    Jayne Zhou Day ago

    My husband's aunt had to give birth to her second child in a closet because of police would have killed or aborted her child. His neighbor was kidnapped at 15 to be forced into marriage and not seen again for 10 years when she was finally allowed to see her parents...she came back with her husband guarding her and two children.

  • 暗中观察
    暗中观察 Day ago

    You may have some misunderstandings about China. The one-child policy was that the technology was not developed enough and the food was not enough at that time. Think about how many people and how poor China was in 1982. But despite this policy, I still have a younger brother. Don't always look at people with colored glasses

  • JustSaying
    JustSaying Day ago

    Maybe as another population control planning for China, make The Purge legit.

  • JustSaying
    JustSaying Day ago

    It's hard to unsee that twisted Donald Duck d*ck

  • Sahelium D
    Sahelium D Day ago

    Communism looks great.

  • Zurt
    Zurt Day ago

    a friend of mine and her sister were adopted because of that policy, im really happy that they got to live in the uk instead of china, if that policy was never in place, they could have been raised in that shithole of a country

  • Tzvi Eisenman
    Tzvi Eisenman Day ago

    Cool uncensored titty.

  • Qienna
    Qienna Day ago

    They likely haven't scrapped it completely because then they would have to admit they were never wrong!

  • Yun-chien Chang
    Yun-chien Chang Day ago

    As a native Chinese speaker I can tell you the translation on 11:00 is wrong. It's something like:
    I did originally obey the (one-child) policy and did not violate the policy, but they did not let me born my kid. It's just the one who enforce the policy is too left-wing.

    The second sentence was translated as "The policy is just so senseless." for some reason. Not sure why.

    YA BOY SAVE Day ago

    comparing waterboarding to water fountain is just like a cork screw duck penise

  • askthepizzaguy
    askthepizzaguy Day ago

    John Oliver is really angry underneath that smile, and so am I.

  • SpiralPoweredRF
    SpiralPoweredRF Day ago

    One wonders what the consequence of killing so many children in utero will be for the western world in 20-30 years for the current generation.

  • Sionistic
    Sionistic 2 days ago

    He didnt even go into the women that are kidnapped off streets in neighboring countries to be put into forced marriages with Chinese businessmen who cant find Chinese wives.

  • reikimonster
    reikimonster 2 days ago

    Why don't you ever tell us how you really feel John Oliver

  • Ash Ketchup
    Ash Ketchup 2 days ago

    It is not that hard to not get pregnant. Of course there are crazy improbable occurrences, but you have to get very unlucky for that to happen. I'm not even on birth control and haven't gotten pregnant in the entire 10 months since stopping. Condoms & natural family planning are really all you need, birth control was just super-extra protection. Condoms fail, accidents happen. But not to the scale that these dumbass parents want to pretend it is. I only felt sorry for that woman who had a forced abortion due to her husband's previous marriage, that was insane and shouldn't count. "Oh my dumbass got pregnant a third+ time" is just stupid and somebody that unintelligent and poor at planning shouldn't be reproducing anyway.

  • Combat_Quokka
    Combat_Quokka 2 days ago

    as a Australian the big as snack a spiders was funny as fuck

  • Geordie Bailey
    Geordie Bailey 2 days ago

    John is finally trash talking pandas? I salute you sir. Fuck you, you dumb bears.

  • Shiye Zhang
    Shiye Zhang 2 days ago

    Cherry-picked, biased facts (e.g. either very old or individual and not persuasive accounts) to only highlight the downside of the policy.
    Well, despite your every effort against Donald Trump, you are brewing a group in the country to support him by inundating them with this biased reporting.

  • Hana Di
    Hana Di 2 days ago

    My ex boyfriends sex drive is lazier than those Chinese pandas 😂

  • Raf Simon
    Raf Simon 2 days ago

    pro choice at 9 months...? Jw lol

  • Bikeman
    Bikeman 2 days ago

    John, how much resources were saved by China having less children? How about giving a little thanks.

  • Hufflepuff Dragonborn

    You know what else Chinese government can make a 70 out of? Whinnie the Poohs

  • osiris Blanche
    osiris Blanche 2 days ago

    Why don't they fine the parents that GAVE UP THEIR DAUGHTERS for adoption, and/or DROWNED THE GIRLS they didn't want?

  • Shashank Venugopal
    Shashank Venugopal 2 days ago

    They would be grateful because they live in harsh conditions and someone showing genuine concern makes them happy!

  • Eric Fu
    Eric Fu 2 days ago +1

    Per my 30 years plus experiences living in China, people is just a number, a kind of resource to CCP, they don’t give a damn what and how their policy impacts people’s life, which reflects the fact that they are not elected by people. The only thing, only thing they care about is holding onto the power eternally and getting themselves benefit out of it. I guess that is the trait of all authoritarian regimes.

  • The Centre
    The Centre 2 days ago

    Oh China, showing how Communism can be Great.......NOT.

  • 李书珂
    李书珂 2 days ago +1

    The woman at 11:05 was saying:
    "They made a mistake, [my baby was allowed by the policy at the time, not a violation], they didn't let me to keep my child. [IT'S JUST THE LOCAL POLICY ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WAS TO 'LEFT']."
    The "left" here meant too agressive or extreme to reach the goal of a good cause in Mainland China. The word was popular in 60s-80s, it's a critisism on the method but not the reason.

    While the subtitle reads:
    "They made a mistake, [I should have had my baby], they didn't let me to keep my child. [THE POLICY WAS JUST SO SENSELESS]."
    It might be a small traslation difference, but it change the whole meaning from blaming the local officers to the policy itself.

    Even today, many Chinese agrees that the policy DID something in preventing a potential famine in 1990s-2000s like N.Korean, when Soviet collapse and the "Freeworld" embargoed China. I guess people in the First World Nations had forgot what famine was, but it's a vaild threat to Chinese in 70s and 80s.

    I've seen things like this too often, where western media took the words from Chinese and twisted it in translation or editing, so often that I start to feel they're not there by mistake, but intentionaly with an agenda.
    I'm not saying it's John's fault, I think the ITV footage came like that, but still... I had higher expectation from this comedy show than typical nowaday news.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not in favour of the policy, I just sometimes wondered, what should we do to make the western satisfy: they always you're saying the policy is stupid and brutal, yet they keep complaining about there're too many Chinese whom stealing the jobs and using too much resources.
    Maybe they can never be satisfied, maybe we shouldn't care what the westerns think of us ,not anymore.

    I know this won't mean anything to John's team or anyone here, but I just want to offer "the other side of the story", which I guess is worth less than a fart in this dangerously divited world.

    • OMGreviewer
      OMGreviewer 8 hours ago

      I think it's pretty cool hearing this side of the story.

  • Bowman C.
    Bowman C. 3 days ago

    As some one who speaks Chinese, the blatant mistranslation for your agenda really put me off at 11:11.
    She said “the people implementing the policy was too egoistic.” Not the policy was senseless. In fact, I would argue the policy itself wasn’t that bad at all.
    Most of the problems you talk about here came from the lower level implementors’ lack of supervision. In a lot of the cases, they could very well be doing those horrible things out of personal grudges with the family, greed or just sadism.
    Oh and technically according to the policy, in rural areas if you are assigned farming land, you are allowed multiple children. I guess the implementors didn’t get the memo. They just read the headline and started killing babies.

  • Mario Langner
    Mario Langner 3 days ago

    Lesson learned: When a country is trying to establish itself as a world-leading country and build up a powerful economy then it usually doesn‘t give a shit about it‘s own society. Look at Nazi-Germany for comparison. Funny how Socialism never has anything to do with being social.

  • Ciao Chao
    Ciao Chao 3 days ago

    One child policy was a stupid policy. Because the one before was even more stupid which created the whole overpopulation issue. It was a necessary evil. It was brutal but it worked. It also did the world a big favour. This you would never hear from countries like the US. My generation was denied the right to have brothers and sisters so we'd have enough resources to receive adequate education. And the world benefited from China being the world's factory enabled by these educated workforce. And China was able to lift hundreds of millions people out of poverty at a rate the world has never seen before. We have no problem accept criticisms, as long as our achievements were duly acknowledged. There are no perfect policies in an imperfect world. Don't be hypocrites.

  • Nhi Nguyen
    Nhi Nguyen 3 days ago

    It was weird since Johnny Oliver didn't mention the mastermind behind the family planning.

    I remember seeing a documentary a little while ago about the IMF attached family planning to their financial aid to developing countries that resulted in a crazy forced abortion in India. All as to collect data on a IMF research.

  • Len W
    Len W 3 days ago +2

    as the one child from the one child policy. I can say this with confidence that Oliver didn't hit it hard enough. The policy had caused so much suffering on the personal level, community and as a country

  • George Edwardes
    George Edwardes 3 days ago

    The policy was bad, but let's not gloss over the issue of overpopulation which will inevitably lead to war.

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57 3 days ago

    My wife lost her sister as a result of the one Child policy, it's a really tragic and sad story. Having said that, I think (if done a lot differently to how China did it) the whole world should implement a 1 or 2 child policy.

  • Eat spaghetti to Forget your regretti

    Hong Kong is not China

  • daniel job
    daniel job 3 days ago

    There is no global population crisis?
    Yeah, enjoy your Soylent Green! Coming to your local supermarket soon!

  • ksen333
    ksen333 3 days ago +3

    Who would do this to a child? That haircut is horrific

  • Saoirse del Tufo
    Saoirse del Tufo 3 days ago

    If China was actually communist they wouldn't care about overpopulation, since the problem is not too many people but badly distributed resources

  • MrGarrisonSA
    MrGarrisonSA 4 days ago

    India is what u get with no population control. China made the right choice.

  • Rick B
    Rick B 4 days ago +1

    No wonder Trump likes China so much, it’s too bad his parents didn’t practice this policy back in 1945/6.😳

  • Griffin Jenkins
    Griffin Jenkins 4 days ago

    What furry artist did John oliver employ this week

  • Ollie
    Ollie 4 days ago

    The planet is full though.
    The reason humanity will collapse soon is due to population growth.

  • Brendan Day
    Brendan Day 4 days ago

    Democrats love micromanage people too

  • Brendan Day
    Brendan Day 4 days ago

    Democrats now legalised infanticide

  • Patrick Henry
    Patrick Henry 4 days ago

    John is a fake feminist sycophant. If he really wanted to REPRESENT all women and seem like an activist, he should advocate the mass suicide/murder of all men everywhere... beginning with himself.
    "ALL MEN ARE RAPISTS", according to all women and loser beta males, like John Oliver.

  • Bryan
    Bryan 4 days ago

    It is common to every country. When the country is poor, people tend to have many children and the country is too poor to support the population. When the country is rich, people dont want to have children because they are too stressed to have them

  • Bernie Zelvis
    Bernie Zelvis 4 days ago +1

    When I was a kid, China had a billion starving people... now they have a burgeoning middle class who have the cash to buy properties in the west.
    We have Donald Trump.

    • 李书珂
      李书珂 2 days ago

      One of the main reasons for the policy, is that a national femine is on the horizon, like N. Korean did in the 1990s and 2000s. I don't think the policy is well thoughted, and I don't know how much the policy help in the situation if any, but I can understand it. I also think at least, when the western media talks about it, they should try to bring this reason up. Maybe they just there's still a thing called starving, or maybe they just don't want to hold the moral high ground.

  • Emma Olsson Thorell
    Emma Olsson Thorell 4 days ago +2

    Anyone else think about how THEY LITERALLY MADE FEMALE-LOOKING BODIES AND HUNG THEM UP LIKE PIGS AT A SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Ps. Aaaaaand there we got the human trafficking

  • Ben Burke
    Ben Burke 4 days ago

    4:35 Also Donald was a Nazi at one point. Granted, it was a dream, but it still counts.

  • Jenny Chen
    Jenny Chen 4 days ago

    So...... the world is glad to see another overpopulated developing country with scarce resources barely to meet basic human needs and is constantly seeking for “foreign aid” in exchange for a piece (or a chunk) of sovereignty (in any forms)......What a hypocrisy!

  • Andy
    Andy 5 days ago