Watch John Oliver Eviscerate GM Over The Recall Scandal

Come on. We all knew that General Motors' banned list of "judgement words" would be perfect fodder for some comedian, and that comedian is Daily Show alum John Oliver on his new HBO Show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.


In a segment that aired Sunday night, Oliver pulled no punches in recapping the ignition switch recall scandal from the beginning, including the fact that GM knew about the problem way back in 2001 with the launch of the Saturn Ion but failed to do anything about the problem until earlier this year.

"That means a child attending her first day of school the day you found out would be old enough to die driving one of your cars the day you fucking did something about it," he says. Ouch.

And then there's the matter of those words GM didn't want their testers to say, like "safety" or "defect." But that list, for some reason, also included "Kevorkianesque," "grenade-like," "rolling sarcophagus," and "you're toast."

"When demons have sex, those are their safe words," Oliver says.

Stay tuned until the end when those words make an appearance in a fake ad.


Patrick George

So I thought this piece was funny — John Oliver's new show has been generally excellent so far — but I'll disagree with him in one area. He knocks GM over the number of recalls they've had this year, and I think that's the wrong approach.

Recalls themselves aren't bad. They mean an automaker notices problems and fixes them like they're supposed to. They're good for the consumer. The problem arises when you know of a problem and don't issue a recall; that's why GM is in the situation they're in with the Cobalt et al.

I'd rather have a bunch of recalls than a problem that goes un-fixed, but that's just me.