The 99%

  • Aired:  10/18/11
  •  | Views: 290,041

John Oliver wants to be part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there's something about the protesters that makes it hard for him to fit in. (5:21)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

UNBELIEVABLE.

HARD TO BELIEVE, THE OCCUPY WALL

STREET MOVEMENT IS ONE MONTH OLD

TODAY.

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY'LL

BE MOVING OUT AND GETTING AN

ENCAMPMENT OF THEIR OWN!

WE SENT JOHN OLIVER TO WALL

STREET TO SEE IF THE 99% HAD

ROOM FOR ONE MORE.

>> OCCUPY WALL STREET HAS A

BROAD MESSAGE AGAINST FINANCIAL

INEQUALITYS THAT MANY OF US CAN

AGREE WITH.

THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE 99% AND

AS PART OF THAT 99%, I COULDN'T

WAIT TO GO DOWN TO ZUCOTTI PARK

TO SEE THE MOVEMENT FIRSTHAND.

>> WE'VE GOT A FINANCIAL SYSTEM,

WE'VE GOT AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN

THIS COUNTRY THAT DOESN'T WORK

FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE.

>> PERFECT.

A NORMAL, REGULAR GUY.

UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN'T LEAVE

THEN.

I REALLY WANTED TO FEEL PART OF

THIS, BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING

ABOUT THEM THAT WAS STARTING TO

MAKE IT REALLY DIFFICULT.

>> GLASS-STEAGALL SHOULD BE

REINSTATED.

PEOPLE ARE STARVING, PEOPLE ARE

STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR BILLS,

PAY THEIR MORTGAGE.

THE UPTICK RULE FOR SHORT

SELLING SHOULD BE IN EFFECT.

PEOPLE ARE BEING KICKED OUT OF

THEIR HOMES.

SOMEONE NEEDS TO TAKE A STAND.

>> THAT SOUNDS ENTIRELY

REASONABLE.

>> I THINK SO.

>> AND YOU'RE DRESSED LIKE A

VIKING.

>> YEAH.

♪ WE'RE NOT GUN THAT TAKE IT, NO

WE AIN'T GONNA TAKE IT ♪

>> WE'RE FIGHTING THE MAN.

THAT'S OUR ANTHEM RIGHT THERE.

>> AM I THE MAN?

YOU'RE MAKING ME FEEL LIKE THE

MAN.

>> YOU HAVE A SUIT.

>> AFTER JUST A MONTH THEY'D

ALREADY BEGUN TO THINGS.

MANAGING TO REPLACE OUR

INEFFECTIVE AND ANNOYING

PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS WITH THEIR

OWN SYSTEM OF DECISION MAKING

THAT WAS SO MUCH WORSE.

OKAY

>> OKAY, SO FIRST OFF THIS MEANS

I REALLY LIKE THE IDEA AND THEN

THERE'S THIS MEANING I LIKE SOME

OF THE STUFF BUT NOT SOME OF THE

OTHER... NOT SOME OTHER STUFF.

AND THEN THIS MEANS NO, I DON'T

LIKE ANY IDEAS.

I DON'T LIKE THE IDEA AT ALL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU CAN'T JUST MAKE UP

GESTURES.

>> WHY NOT?

>> WELL, BECAUSE CLAPPING

ALREADY EXISTS.

APPLAUSE IS ALREADY THERE.

>> WELL, THAT'S ANNOYING.

>> NO IT'S NOT ANNOYING!

IT'S HOW WE DO IT.

YOU CAN'T JUST SAY "OH, WE'RE

NOT GOING TO WAVE ANYMORE,

INSTEAD WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS."

(LAUGHTER)

STOP IT.

PLEASE STOP IT.

>> AND THE MORE YOU AGREE WITH

THE MESSAGE, THE HARDER IT IS TO

WATCH THINGS LIKE THIS.

>> WE USE THIS HUMAN MIC...

>> WE USE THIS HUMAN MIC...

>> WE AMPLIFY EACH OTHER'S

VOICES.

>> WE AM PLY PHI EACH OTHER'S

VOICES.

>> MIC CHECK.

>> MIC CHECK.

>> MIC CHECK.

>> MIKE CZECH.

>> CAN I TRY?

>> YES.

>> MIC CHECK!

>> MIKE CHECK.

>> THE HUMAN MICROPHONE...

>> THE HUMAN MICROPHONE...

>> WHILE WELL INTENTIONED...

>> WHILE WELL INTENTIONED...

>> IS INCREDIBLY ANNOYING...

>> IS INCREDIBLY ANNOYING... AND

EMBODIES EVERYTHING THAT PEOPLE

ARE FRUSTRATED ABOUT MOVEMENTS

LIKE THIS.

>> ABOUT MOVEMENTS LIKE THIS.

(APPLAUSE)

EVERY MOVEMENT NEEDS THEIR

ATTENTION GRABBERS TO GO ALONG

WITH THEIR LEGITIMATE POINT.

MAYBE IF I COULD HELP THEM

STRIKE JUST THE RIGHT BALANCE IT

MIGHT BE A BIT MORE PALATABLE.

OKAY, TRY THIS.

DRUM.

GOOD.

GIVE ME A GUY WHO KNOWS WHAT

HE'S TALKING ABOUT.

>> I THINK OUR MESSAGE IS

CRYSTAL CLEAR.

>> OKAY, GIVE ME CHANTERS.

WE NEED SOME ACCORDIONS, GIVE ME

ACCORDIONS.

O.K., THAT'S GOOD.

THAT'S GOOD.

MORE DRUMS.

LOUDER.

MORE ACCORDION.

THAT'S GOOD.

: (BLEEP) (BLEEP) FORGET IT.

HOW AMONGST THE 99% DID I STILL

FEEL LIKE I DIDN'T FIT IN?

I WENT TO VISIT THE 98% OF

AMERICANS WHO MIGHT AGREE WITH

THE PROTESTORS' MESSAGE WERE IT

NOT FOR THE PROTESTORS

THEMSELVES.

>> THEY DO HAVE A GOOD POINT.

>> I SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM AS

WELL.

I MEAN, WHEN 1% HAS SO MUCH

MONEY AND THE OTHER 99% DOESN'T,

IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT.

>> THE WAY OUR SYSTEM, THE

CAPITALIST SYSTEM IS SET UP, I

THINK INEVITABLY ELIMINATES THE

MIDDLE-CLASS.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT MY FAVORITE

PART OF THAT POINT IS?

YOU DON'T HAVE RAY ZI TATTOOS

ALL OVER YOUR FACE.

>> I AGREE.

>> AFTER TALKING FOR HOURS WE

CAME TO A CONSENSUS.

>> SOMEONE HAS TO DO SOMETHING.

>> SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE.

>> NORMAL PEOPLE SHOULD BE DOING

STUFF ABOUT THIS.

>> KEY WORD "NORMAL."

>> THE NORMAL PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO

DO SOMETHING.

>> GET OFF YOUR ASS.

>> RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I'VE GOT GET THE KIDS READY

FOR BED.

>> I'M GOING TO WATCH THE JETS

GAME.

THERE'S A NEW T.V. SHOW STARTING

TONIGHT.

>> YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT.

LET'S GET THE CHECK.

>> CHECK!

ALL IS FINALLY RIGHT WITH THE

WORLD, ME AND MY NORMAL FRIENDS

WOULD DO SOMETHING TO END

FINANCIAL INEQUALITY.

WE'D TAKE IT TO THE STREETS.

WE'D OCCUPY THE PARKS IF WE HAD

TO AND WE'D DO IT SOON.

RIGHT AFTER THE JETS GAME.

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