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John Oliver criticizes Elon Musk: “He has decimated his staff and degraded his product”

John Oliver slammed Elon Musk for his early chaotic reign as CEO of Twitter on Sunday’s episode of Last week tonight.

“It’s been three weeks now since it was taken over by Elon Musk, a guy who answers the question ‘What if Willy Wonka benefited from apartheid?'” Oliver said at the beginning of the clip about what the show’s season finale will be like. used to be.

He went on to explain that Twitter has been a “total mess” since Musk walked around HQ with a kitchen sink and made the lame joke, “let that sink in.” Oliver continued by pointing out that “many of the worst people on Twitter” seem to think Musk’s takeover is a sign that the brakes are now off.

“An analysis [found] the use of a racial slur jumped to nearly 500 percent in the 12 hours after his deal was finalized, which is pretty shocking,” the host said, “even for a website where a regular trending topic is sometimes just ‘The Jews.’ You log in and see 30,000 people tweeting about ‘The Jews’ on a Tuesday afternoon, and you don’t want to click to find out why.”

He shared a snippet of an interview Musk did in which he said Twitter will do a lot of stupid things in the coming months as it finds its new footing. One of the things, Oliver noted, was paying for verified checks, which showed “predictable results,” like people posing as big corporations simply because they could pay $8 to look official.

“Obviously things are changing on Twitter right now,” he said. “For example, the site no longer appears to add explanations to popular topics, a feature that previously helped add more context and combat misinformation.”

Oliver concluded his intro segment by saying that Musk clearly doesn’t know what’s going to happen on the social media platform now that he’s laid off half his staff and is dealing with several employment lawsuits.

“He’s decimated his staff and downgraded his product, and of course he can try to sell what’s left of Twitter, or it can continue to function worse than before, as its free for all digital clown city,” the host said. And while the possible collapse of this site has been sad for the employees and for those who relied on it, there is undeniably something a little satisfying about a man who was so desperate to be seen as cool and funny on the Internet that he paid $ 44 billion to pull it off, only to discover that somehow he still couldn’t afford it.

The Last week tonight host then turned his attention to the World Cup, which he said is “like the Super Bowl, except the rest of the world really cares.” The main segment discussed the 2022 football tournament and how FIFA knew Qatar was a “fundamentally bad choice” to host it, but chose to do it there anyway.

Oliver then listed several reasons why the Connecticut-sized land was not the right place, such as harsh summers, the fact that it would have to build nine stadiums to make the games work, and a lack of human rights. FIFA, which the host called a “cartel-like group of bastards and assorted criminals who occasionally host football matches,” knew all this before deciding on the venue.

The host devoted most of the segment to the workers who had to build all the infrastructure Qatar needed for a World Cup to succeed. The government recruited hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh, who had to pay recruitment fees of up to $4,000 to get a job.

The workers arrived in Qatar already in debt and trapped in a system known as kafala, which is considered “modern slavery,” the show explained. They had to build the stadiums in temperatures up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The men were crammed into wall-to-wall labor camps, eight in a room, sleeping in bedbug-infested beds, with no shower and two kitchens shared by 600 men.

Anish Adhikari, a guest worker who worked in Qatar in the run-up to the World Cup, spoke Last week tonight about how he hopes some of the athletes competing in the games will help shed light on all the exploitation that has gone into the tournament now that it’s started, Oliver explained.

“My message to Messi: thousands of workers like me have worked on the stadium,” said Adhikari. “We didn’t get our salary, our fringe benefits. I hope if you talk about employees like us, maybe we get what’s owed to us. I don’t have much confidence, but I still have hope.”

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