John Oliver, a British ex-pat known mostly for his show “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” has made a name for himself by offering up scathing criticism of the President and satirizing conservatives across the US.
The only problem is, John Oliver isn’t American. He’s not American by birth and he’s not American by paperwork. He holds a green card and is married to an American, but he himself is not a legal citizen of the United States. He doesn’t vote, he doesn’t qualify for a slew of American welfare programs, and he can’t advocate to bring family members over to the US. The only thing that makes him ‘American’ is his weekly platform that allows him to pontificate about politics and flex a Constitutionally-endowed right to say what’s on his mind.
This wasn’t lost on Piers Morgan, a fellow British ex-pat who called Oliver out while watching his show.
“Watching John Oliver repeatedly say ‘we’ & ‘us’ when discussing America is comical,” he tweeted.
“Mate, you were born in the Midlands to a pair of Liverpudlian parents & speak in a thick Brummie accent. You’re about as American as cricket & mushy peas, you shameless old fraud!”
Watching John Oliver repeatedly say ‘we’ & ‘us’ when discussing America is comical.
Mate, you were born in the Midlands to a pair of Liverpudlian parents & speak in a thick Brummie accent.
You’re about as American as cricket & mushy peas, you shameless old fraud! pic.twitter.com/1Ay6hJhJhy
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2018
It seems that Morgan has taken a page right out of the Trump-style-Twitter handbook because his opinion elicited a deluge of feuding Brits and Americans.
You mean like when you talk about Arsenal. When did you have a trial at the Emirates or Highbury Piers? . Maybe he’s using those pronouns ‘us’ and ‘them’ like a HUMAN BEING, some people are like that. https://t.co/aOBZvENoK3
— Dane Baptiste (@DaneBaptweets) February 21, 2018
John Oliver is not a US citizen. Hes not American. He’s a green card holder. I’m 100% 4 What he says about Trump but facts r facts. U can’t even vote in federal elections if u’r a green card holder & not a citizen. So you’re not American.
— Chippies_World (@Chippie_79) February 21, 2018
Piers Morgan doesn’t seem to realise that the Kingdom of Liverpool reins far & wide, incorporating around 96% of the world’s landmass. Being from or descended from Liverpool means not only are you an indigenous citizen in 9/10 countries, but you’re also technically Head of State. https://t.co/aiNYeNT9RJ
— Benjamin Zand (@BenjaminZand) February 20, 2018
This is you solely being jealous that his fame translates to the USA better than yours did. You Live in a boring country, you know it and want that fame here in the USA. But you failed at it. Oliver didn’t. Go lick your wounds and come back later.
— Mark Bland (@markbland) February 21, 2018
Apologies to jump into a male contest here, but 1) #JohnOliver is a human being, who breathes & shares the same air, space as us over here in America so that alone qualifies him to say us/we; 2) He’s about as American as the rest who are here w/o agreement of the #First Peoples.
— Katie-O (@possibilitywkr) February 21, 2018
It’s worth noting that Piers Morgan is also not an American citizen yet his publication, The Daily Mail, covers the US Presidency on a regular basis. As critical as Piers Morgan may be though, he never pretends to be American and I’ve never once heard him refer to himself in a collective ‘us’ or ‘we’ sense. In fact, his hook is that he looks at the US from a “foreign vantage,” and says things like, “I come from another country, I look at this with a pretty clear, open mind.” Witness:
Say what you will about Piers Morgan, he may have a point about John Oliver taking liberties he may not technically have.
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