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The Monarchy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Nov 15, 2022

The Monarchy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

foreign concerns the british

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is the best thing that can happen to white actors as literally everything else the

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has given the world royal weddings to the introduction of new royal babies and of course moments like this may have grown in a palace but today prince charles was trying his best to get in touch with the mood in the streets oh take that crazy beat oh no no no no no no no there's maybe nothing more pathetic than the song to The world's most famous adults So Dig That Crazy beat with I can only describe as big-hit energy that the

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is clearly in transition right now after the queen's death, an event that sparked 10 days of public tomorrow with a row mass of people lining up for hours to pay their respects, but while some were devastated, others were more. complicated feelings the queen is like she can't tell me about the care part and then talk to me about the doctor yeah i'll clean it up she's a person who died like sad like it's ok and then they don't. it's about them, yes, I understand I had a similar reaction when Big died in the Peloton.
the monarchy last week tonight with john oliver hbo
I don't care because Big was pompous, good-for-nothing, and let's be honest, I voted for Trump, but I kind of care because I know Carrie cares. to her there in her

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moments devastated doing absolutely nothing but her ambivalence speaks to the fact that, to the point that Americans may not realize that the

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is not a universally beloved institution and were being very nice about it , others have been much less so After the Queen's death, many sporting events held a minute's silence, but some crowds, particularly in Scotland and Ireland, took a different tack with this song proving particularly popular in ensemble.
the monarchy last week tonight with john oliver hbo
Yeah this is in a box which I know sounds insensitive but I would say of all the places they could have sung that she was in the box is pretty generous and look you can make that tacky you can also argue which is very funny two things this may be true here we even got in trouble when sky tv in the uk made a couple of rather benign jokes we did the

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she died who knows if this segment will air on tv from there, in fact, in case they refuse. I've actually put together an alternate show for them where this story is replaced with a 25 minute loop of this video of Winston Churchill going back down a Benny Hill themed waterslide so they have nothing to do except in the Kingdom.
the monarchy last week tonight with john oliver hbo
United. the argument was that after the death of the queen it was not the time to criticize her or the

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in general it would be impolite but two months have passed since then and Carlos is king now and although for many the charm of his mother was in his longevity, she was the only Sovereign most Britons had ever known and her tendency to silence never really knew what she thought about anything, none of those things are true of her son, but she was a man whose face answers the question what Yes? two cousins ​​had a boy who will take the throne at a ripe old age of 73, he had to put it mildly and an incredibly messy divorce and has been outspoken on a variety of topics from architecture to the environment to his belief in homeopathic medicine , including supporting a controversial cancer treatment that involves 13 fruit juices a day, coffee enemas and

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ly vitamin injections, the point being that he doesn't have his mother's inscrutability or enjoy her level of public affection in his Ascension to the throne comes as the UK faces a cost-of-living crisis. the man even recently confronted charles directly about this we have to pay for his foreign parade wow that confused him oh he pretty much says it all about him but that wasn't the only recent protest just this

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a man told him he threw several eggs at Charles in the street. and when he was caught he really didn't seem remorseful since this was his arrest photo he was released on bail with conditions including and this is true he is not allowed to be within 500 meters of the king and not to be able to possess any eggs in a public space , which really shows how low the power of the

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has sunk a few hundred years ago, it would have been an instant beheading now the punishment is to be careful in the refrigerated hall Charles is now king and will actually have a formal coronation next May to being broadcast on cameras around the world before all that happens, we thought

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it might be worth looking at the British

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specifically to ask what's the point first in the UK and then in the countries around the world where the Monarch still serves as a figurehead and let's start with the very basic question of what the Royal Family do, it's something even they have had trouble defining in the past as this clip of Prince Philip from 1968 demonstrates, could you tell me what is the work of him in his own mind?
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Well I have one. I am self-employed, but surely you must have a clear idea of ​​what role you play in me. Modern society is so hard to answer, wow, honestly, it's kind of amazing to see him initially laugh about it before considering the question and then facing some kind of existential crisis, but since that question seemed to throw him off, maybe we can help, maybe. Unlike the US we are the head of government and the head of state are the same person in the UK those are two very different roles because for centuries the British monarch held great political power it was gradually stripped away to over the years to the point that the position is now largely symbolic the main role of the demon as head of state is to receive incoming and outgoing ambassadors and visiting heads of state and making foreign visits here is the queen meeting Narendra Modi here has taken a carriage with vladimir putin and here he is with ex president trump just two people delighted to be there yeah you don't usually see such an inf eliz while wearing fancy costumes outside of cats on Halloween, there are also o Smaller responsibilities, they also like to visit factories and open things and also, and this is true, send birthday cards to people when they turn 100. for the whole operation and people like to take photos with them and Advocates for the Royal Family will say that the ceremonial aspect of the

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is really the focal point, in fact the official website of the Royal Family describes the role of the sovereign as a focus for unity and pride in national identity and giving a sense of stability and continuity, but that comes at a price, as you heard the man yell earlier, Britain pays millions of pounds every year to support the Royals, although some they will argue that it is actually money well spent curiously the British state gives or the government gives the royal family approximately 100 million pounds per year, it is called The Sovereign Grant to pay maintenance p but the tourism generated by the royal family generates about 500 million a year so that's five to one I'd take that ROI right Proponents of the

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argue that any money it costs l The royal family is vastly outclassed for what they bring to the exact same argument that thousands of men have made to their wives about investing in cryptocurrency and they're doing very well at the moment, but a few things about that first, the claim that they generate 500 million a year in tourism is much discussed and it is not like that it disappears if the royal family does it you can still visit a palace if nobody lives inside it nobody shows up at Versailles and says wait nobody lives here it is a difficult pass for me and the idea The fact that the

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only costs £100m also has some major asterisks because while it is true that, as is often said, The Sovereign Grant amounts to just over £1 per person in the UK, it is by no means true. the royals only source of income the new king now has three main sources of wealth the sovereign grant money the uk treasury gives to the crown to meet its debts you are real the private wealth of the family the full extent of the well kept secret then the dukedom of lancaster a private holding of land and assets received by the monarch their annual earnings the queen received $27 million

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year is it true that the dukedom of Lancaster is a massive property portfolio containing land which, by the way, was seized by the

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in the 13th century, after which they continue to earn personal gain to this day, so as King Charles gets money from the government, money that is passed down through his family and money from the dukedom of Lancaster and none of that includes the dukedom of Cornwall held by whoever holds the title of Prince of Wales it used to be Charles it is now Prince William who is a portfolio of Separate billion-dollar real estate, almost the size of Chicago, by the way, which includes the office space of vacation rentals by the sea in London. res and a suburban supermarket warehouse alone brought in $26 million in additional income for the family

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year, so the royal family's wealth, unlike their gene pool, is enormous and, whereas in 1993, in response to public anger over their spending, both the queen and Charles agreed to pay voluntary income taxes, that Agreement is not necessarily permanent, while the two duchies are completely exempt from corporate tax and Charles does not have to pay any income tax. inheritance about what the queen has happened to her and when you take all of that into account.
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It sure is starting to look like they are costing a lot more than a pound per person. It's worth it? Well, people can disagree. I think my position in the royal family is pretty well documented to me. They are like humans. appendix we have evolved well beyond needing them and there is a compelling case for their surgical removal but I admit I am in the minority when it comes to Brits many feel exactly like this woman I just think it is a good thing we have it and we makes it a bit unusual, unique, yeah, I mean, it's nice that we have it, it's a British thing, isn't it?
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I think a lot of people would like what we have, ok but it's nice that we have it's not what you say about a profiteering billionaire family exempt from paying most taxes it's what you say about a water dispenser in your fridge ask for being a british thing isn't much of a justification either you know what else is a british thing is a mushy peace if you've never had the pleasure of imagining emotionally unavailable guacamole they're like mashed potatoes committing suicide but the fact is that 67 of the people in the UK feel the

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should stay so for now he seems safe there but that brings us to the second part of this story because abroad his role is a much more open question Charles as king is now the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, a loose Alliance made up largely of former British colonies 14 of which still have the British monarch as their titular Head of State despite being self-governing nations, these are those countries and debates have been raging for a while in many of them about what the crown stands for, as we mentioned in March, William and Kate had to cancel the first stop on their royal tour Across the Caribbean due to overwhelming local protests and in Australia, in the wake of the Queen's death, the Australian Rules Women's Soccer League held a moment of silence for her, but since they were purely coincidental in the middle of a 10 -indigenous players tribute day they chose not to do that for the rest of the morning period which led to this man freaking out what a shame seriously i mean any sports organization in this country would think there is any reason for not honoring the queen is a joke and why can't they have a minute of silence on indigenous

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anyway i'm serious you know indigenous people are australian they were subjects of their ma be the queen and you can have your arguments about colonialism or whatever but the queen in this country and to the world was a blunt good which you can't just gloss over the whole history of colonialism it's like saying you have all the plots about murder or whatever, but at the end of the day when Charles Manson was a family man, let's talk about that story that begins in Australia, where indigenous people suffered greatly under colonial rule, researchers have found evidence of nearly 200 Conservative massacres of Aboriginal people by British colonial and military police and hundreds more by colonists. and when the queen herself visited Australia in 1954, First Nations people were not counted as part of the population and children were still being forcibly removed from their families to be assimilated into white homes, so have your arguments on colonialism or whatever, that's very much what we should. be doing not gloss over it and force people to mourn a symbol of a painful past and that's j Only Australia if you really want to talk about colonialism or whatever or litigate to whatpoint the queen or the

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in general has been a global force for good let's do that and start with the extent to which the

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was intricately involved in the transatlantic slave trade after Britain invaded Jamaica in 1655 the Royal African Company was Established by Royal Charter under King Charles II the RAC went on to transport more enslaved Africans to the Americas than any other institution that ever lined the pockets of the Stuart monarchs many of those trafficked were marked with the initials DUI as in the Duke of York who ran the company and later became King James II.
That's true. The direct ancestors of the current royal family were investors in the Royal African company and had their initials literally burned into people's skin. and both the trade in enslaved people and the high-demand products they produced, such as sugar and tobacco, went to enrich Britain. strengthening their Empire and by extension filling the royal coffers and I understand that people shouldn't be personally responsible for whatever their ancestors did, but trying to talk about the British role in the slave trade without talking about the

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is like trying to talk about Jeffrey Epstein without talking about the

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, they are inextricably linked, as uncomfortable as that fact may seem, despite all that, no one in the royal family has ever done it. apologized on behalf of the crown, instead they skirted the blame with statements in the passive voice, such as Prince William calling slavery abhorrent or Prince Charles going to Ghana and calling the terrible atrocity of the slave trade and the unimaginable suffering it caused left an indelible stain. about our world's history, while Britain may be proud to have led the way in abolishing this shameful trade, we have shared a responsibility, we have a shared responsibility to ensure that the abject horror of slavery is never forgotten, but I hear you can't even mention how terrible the slave trade was without mentioning at the same time that Britain led the way in abolition.
The British love to talk about their role in abolition, but Charles left out a lot, including that, while the British abolished the slave trade in 1807, it allowed plantation slavery to persist in the colonies for decades, which means full abolition didn't follow for another generation, but the bigger point here is that you can't have Both things, you cannot take credit for abolition without taking the blame for what led to it if someone intentionally p set a Quiznos on fire and hours later set it on fire they couldn't post a picture of themselves holding a hose with a caption so i did something that isn't the full story is that worth it too?
The effect of slavery is clearly not just in the past, the UK. he was paying it off in a very literal sense incredibly recently because when Britain finally abolished slavery in its colonies in the 1830s, it borrowed £20 million, but not to compensate enslaved people, it went to the slaveholders who wanted compensation for the loss of income from their estates which, to be clear, meant people are around £17bn in today's money and as of 2015 the British state was still paying off the debt surprisingly many found out of this for the first time when a few years ago the british treasury tweeted here is today's amazing hashtag made on friday millions of you helped end the slave trade through your taxes and i'm sorry but that didn't it's a good friday fact the average person farts 10-20 times per day that's pretty good fish can cough now we're talking surprise I know times are hard but you just helped pay off the families of dead slaveholders no absolutely don't save that for the monday that kills and for anyone who thinks well that didn't happen in modern

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clock is worth It is sad to know that one of the most brutal atrocities carried out by the British occurred in the first eight years of Elizabeth's reign and when Charles was alive because in the 1950s while Kenya was still a British colony, the Kakuyu people launched a rebellion army that had lost land to white settlers and found itself trapped in a formal racial hierarchy that places Europeans at the top and Africans at the bottom.
The British sent army reinforcements to put down. the so-called Mao Mao Uprising describing the situation to the world at the time thus the agitators urged some of the Africans to liberate their country from the white man there is little reliable information about the configuration of the terrorist organization because few members know from whom they receive their orders obey blindly savagely attacking the defenseless burning looting murdering kenya is the battlefield of a conflict that cannot end until the mao mao is dissolved forever well how troubling kenya did not come from the british who seized and stole the land but from the people whose land was stolen now there is more to this story but will you hear it from a voice that sounds like this i say i never never say it in crushing the uprising the british instituted a system of detention camps and 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or mutilated during the crackdown and approximately 160,000 were detained in appalling conditions for a long time the british met the outcry about this with a mixture of denial and defensiveness, in fact just look at this interview with a former british colonial officer who had been responsible for at least six such detention camps when asked about reports that soldiers had put their boots on detainees' necks. an escalating exchange that culminated in the longest pause I have ever seen on television.
I warn you that however long you think this pause is going to be, it is going to be much longer. Did he have reason to order himself? his neck from these resistors that were howling um can we stop talking for a moment no because i would like you to answer that i will answer it when he has stopped talking for a moment um sorry but i, well do you have a problem with that Question? to be given you gave the order to do that you're not going to answer the question i'm not looking at you with um certain thoughts in my mind your role in sick torture here's some quick tips don't answer a simple question taking a full 23 seconds to answer , don't issue a vague threat like some kind of cartoon villain and finally try not to glare at the interview with what I can only describe as war crime eyes and just to be clear I don't know what the queen knew about what he is informed is very conveniently kept secret, but we do know what his government did on his behalf.
Her face was on the money in Kenya when the Kenyan captors sang her national anthem. It was a paean to his protection and we know that she was not only a character that was uncharacteristically silent about those atrocities you know about in that charming style that everyone loved, but she also awarded that man an MBE, one of the highest honors in the country. , which is just appalling unless MBE stands for messiest of all, in which case yes, I guess that might be appropriate and that's the thing if you're the symbol of a country, you stand for what it does and it's telling that even decades later, when the British finally agreed to pay some compensation to a fraction of those who suffered in Kenya, this woman was crystal clear. about who i wanted to know is one of the few surviving fighters of the Independence Memorial in kenya britain apologized for some deeps but matenge got no compensation paid to other rebels he is asking the queen for help before it's too much late, let Elizabeth bring what belongs to me, that's what I mean, there is no middleman in the middle, let the compensation come directly to me, she should find a sensible person and send her here, yes, that's completely understandable and particularly the point of sending a sensible person because when it comes to the royal family it's worth remembering that unless you stipulate otherwise you could end up being sent to someone like that oh take that crazy pace exactly and no one wants to The point is that you cannot say that you are just a symbol and you are not responsible for how the institutions of which you are the leader behave take the Church of England from the which the Monarch is the leader in Canada played a role in its system of residential schools for indigenous children who are forcibly removed from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run boarding schools in an attempt to assimilate them.
Horrible abuses occurred in those schools and while they were largely run by the Catholic church, the Church of England operated roughly three dozen of them, ceding control of the

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one in 1969, which is fairly recently earlier this year. Charles visited Canada. and he made sure to appear in a garden that paid tribute to the victims of those schools, but when it came to showing remorse for what had happened, that seemed off the table because I only heard one indigenous leader speak briefly with Charles what day describe your whole exchange you said um i hope we were very mean to you i didn't get a chance to respond to being moved by prince wally in this country you must apologize to your american people for the trauma we have been through for 500 years, wow i hope we haven't been so mean to you he said before walking off which i know you don't mind but honestly pretty much on the mark keep calm and now if you'll excuse me i'll carry on. and look, I know that in Commonwealth countries there are a variety of views on this, especially among the older generation, as incredibly even some who suffered under British rule can still feel strong affection for the Queen personally, even if they didn't love what she stood for and some argue if the royal family is just ceremonial now where is the real harm but ceremonial can still have the power to enrage and see that let's go back to australia because shortly before she died queen, Lydia Thorpe, an indigenous Australian senator was taking the oath of office? which required her to swear allegiance to the queen, something she understandably had a bit of a problem with, so here's what she did, please recite the affirmation on the card I handed her.
Sovereign Lydia thought solemnly and sincerely that I will be faithful when I bring the true religion to the colonizer Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Senator Thorpe, thought that you should recite the oath as it is printed on the card, yes, indeed they forced her to read what was printed on the card verbatim, so she did, but I give her credit because she then used a tone of voice that did a lot of the heavy lifting for her. I have really thought of solemnly and sincerely affirming and declaring that I will be faithful and have true loyalty to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her hair and successes according to the law, okay, I hate that she was forced to do that, but I feel love the way he was able to make a promise to a posh old lady on the other side of the world sounds exactly as stupid as he is and seems to be going according to recent polls Australia, like the UK, seems unlikely to give up the

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any time soon , but other Commonwealth countries are already preparing to do so

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year Barbados removed the queen as head of state Jamaica is seeking a referendum to do the same within the next three years with a poll showing majority support and Antigua and Barbuda Grenada and Belize seem to be moving in the same direction and while the royal family has said that these countries are free. leave if they so choose, they also refuse to consider why they would want to do that in the first place, instead they have continued to work hard to be perceived as a mere symbol without ever taking responsibility. ty so that symbol excused everything while ignoring calls for true apologies and reparations to those who suffered tremendously for what was done in their name and look you don't have to hate the royal family personally I mean prince philip's racism Google or Prince Andrew all and see where it lands but you don't have to hate them you don't even have to think the institution shouldn't exist but if it's going to continue it's fair to expect a lot more from them because right now far too far they often hide behind the convenient shield of courtesy and manners that often silence anyone who might criticize them or what they stand for.
Will this segment air on Sky TV in the UK? Cut him out for being disrespectful, they might want to seriously think about why they and everyone else is working so hard not to offend a family whose name was carved into people's skin and sitting on top of a pile. e of stolen wealth using crowns adorned with treasures from other countries and if there is an answer to that, I would love to hear it,though if history is any guide I guess I'm just going to get an icy stare as you think certain thoughts in your head but I really hope they don't delete this article partly because this is a long overdue conversation that really needs to be had and in part because absolutely no audience deserves to be subjected to 25 straight minutes of this yes, that's our show, thank you. lots to look at see you next

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