For the first night since starting his tenure as temporary Daily Show anchor, John Oliver moved away from the topic of the NSA scandal to address gay rights across the world. While he opened with a bit about the Boy Scouts opening up their ranks to gay members, which feels like old news by now, his visit to other countries felt more spot-on.
Oliver first looked at Paris, where shirtless anti-gay protests have become commonplace following the country's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. "Quick question," he said, perhaps taking a cue from The Atlantic Wire's coverage. "How is it that France's anti-gay protests look so much gayer than our pro-gay protests?" Taking on the French Open crasher: "Just in terms of pure message discipline, you might want to go with something that doesn't so much scream 'audition piece for Cirque Du Soleil.'"
He then turned to Russia's anti-"gay propaganda" legislation, making some shirtless Putin jokes. And finally, on a happier note, Oliver turned to the Pope's acknowledgment of the "gay lobby" at the Vatican. "I don't think I'd call a Vatican gay lobby a stunning revelation really," Oliver said. "The whole building is basically a Liberace fever dream... Unless you don't mean an architectural lobby."
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