John Oliver Has Movie Analogy to Explain Boris Johnson

He's like a bumbling Hugh Grant in a rom-com, says Oliver. The problem is, this is not a movie
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2019 1:58 PM CDT

John Oliver returned to his HBO show from a short hiatus Sunday to deliver what Mashable describes as a "truly savage and clinical takedown" of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. See the full video here, in which Oliver warns succinctly that "Britain is f-----." Johnson comes off almost as a comical buffoon, which Oliver calls a "carefully calibrated act." Now he has 100 days to shepherd the UK out of the European Union, and failure "could have catastrophic ramifications" not just for Britain but for the entire world. Then comes the Hugh Grant analogy.

"Think of it this like this: Hugh Grant is delightful in romantic comedies: the stammering, the hesitation, the inability to relate to his immediate surroundings with any level of competence," says Oliver, per the Week. "You want to see Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, but no one wants to see him in United 93, because the context would make his character a lot less charming." (Johnson created an acronym to describe what lies ahead.)

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