One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.
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Oct 7, 2019




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Alucard, More Awesome Than Chuck Norris!
I say we should assimilate China. Maybe then, we can fix the problems they're continuing to dig for the themselves. First, get rid of the emperor. Who even has emperors anymore!? Cmon, China!
Zero 2 days ago
Based on the population explosion, every person/couple should voluntarily and using the many options for birth control available today, only have a couple of kids and only if they really want them. But as India has discovered through many studies; the best way to decrease the number of couples having loads of kids is to educate girls and for them to have careers. You don't need human rights violations to achieve necessary population control (planet does have limited resources), you can have higher levels of education and workforce participation with women and the number of kids naturally decreases.
Patrick Lai
Patrick Lai 2 days ago
宇文长欣 2 days ago
don`t want to defend the one child policy, but i want to say there are gays and lesbians here in China too. although same sex marriage is not legal in China, we don`t have religion problems from the society like Muslim and Christian. hence the so-called companion issue is not that serious. the policy is not perfect, but the truth is, people with less wealth are always harder to get married and facing more peer pressure, while the rich never find themselves in short of attractive companions, i think it`s the reality and universal situation.
Chris Lee
Chris Lee 3 days ago
Little meatball😂
Black Public School boy!
I think in England we need this but more of "kids based on your income" too many people making babies because of our benefits system. It's better to be on benefits than work ... Shame
Frankie ***
Frankie *** 4 days ago
Its not just China that pays the price. People and companies make dumb decisions that like making grooming more accessible, endorsing prostitutes and allowing children to view sex / porn. That image of headless sex dolls hits the nail on the head. Its gonna be the next Instagram queen... #youreallfcukedandidontcare
Bean gasious
Bean gasious 4 days ago
Pandas were made to eat and fuck! It doesn't do one of them! How Fucking Lazy, Pandas!!
Sara Marshall
Sara Marshall 4 days ago
Should I laugh or...😂🤣I cant- PS is about him making fun of the situation with duck p-. never mind 😂
Hom Aisen
Hom Aisen 5 days ago
So ignorant of the Chinese society. Please read a book or something. Your American sociologists have done tons of researches on it. Why not use it?
Irish Nonsense Gaming
Oh god , "The Game" made it to China. Roosh V would be proud.
Davis Winn
Davis Winn 6 days ago
All those lonely men lel. since i had a chinese gf...that must mean im already BORN WITH MAGIC
Mr. Clutch888
Mr. Clutch888 6 days ago
That wasn’t real communism!!
Majora 3 days ago
It was way closer before the 70's when they stopped even trying.
Tao Liu
Tao Liu 6 days ago
i guess they will add the heads later based on customer's pick of different models / celebrity / p**nstar. that was a joke heard long time ago. it turned out to be true.
Derrick Sharma
Derrick Sharma 6 days ago
So, China wants parents to only conceive males? China's going to be a gay guy's dream come true
Carla Mylastname
Carla Mylastname 6 days ago
This was a nice break in the constant orange man bad stories.
Majora 3 days ago
@Religion is Cancer more like 0012. but specific to obama, since 2008.
Religion is Cancer
“BLACK MAN BAD” -republicans, 2012
S L 6 days ago
Always wondered what happened if you had twins under the one child policy or triplets now etc.
bluegold21 6 days ago
Female infanticide is not the fault of the government. That's called murder. In fact, I find all the arguments against the Chinese one-child policy based purely on the notion that the Chinese gov got the methodology wrong. That's not the gov being vindictive as compared with a US government who will happily see 30000+ a year die from gun violence as long as it keeps alive the false notion of the second amendment which is only meant for times of war, not every day. The Chinese saw there was a problem and unlike the US, instantly went and tried to do something about it. It was a new problem and Rome wasn't built in a day. But instead of forcing vasectomies for fathers who already have children which could and would have been slighted for being barbaric by the Christian right-wing, based in that country 8 thousand miles away, decided to try the more sympathetic trial of one child per couple. Obviously, there are going to be faults in the admin, there are over a billion people in China, but that is the problem in a nutshell. So unless you have a method to halting overpopulation I think that should be discussed rather than just where things have gone wrong with the policy. Especially as the policy has now been dropped but for some reason, people are still bitching about it. I think Oliver got this one wrong in that sense. A tubby meatball just isn't a strong enough punchline for me to believe that China is somehow as a government at fault. After all, who's getting the kids fat. Western capitalist marketing is. It was the whole reason for the US becoming interested in China because it had a lot of untapped human clients. And then when the coal-fired power stations rose in their hundreds to meet the energy needs of this new shopping spree the Chinese got blamed for ignoring climate change. And that was spun by the petrochemical companies in the US who although initiated China's corporate era used them as an excuse not to dampen down their own oil grubbing schemes. It's all corporate wranglings with the environment sector which shouldn't be happening at all. The energy sector and environment should be completely separate gov depts but as far as big-oil have always been concerned they were never separate. ergo capitalists are the ones screwing over the populations of the world. Not fucking china.
animeXcaso 7 days ago
Solution: *GANGBANG*
Nathaniel McShane
Just putting people out of their misery, period toilet paper isn’t real. Diva cups and period thongs are.
Hiu Man Rain Yau
Hiu Man Rain Yau 7 days ago
Please do a Hong Kong episode!
The Earth and Everything in it
So John is Abortion wrong only when the Chinese government promote it or when all governments promote it??? 🤔
Majora 3 days ago
@The Earth and Everything in it The only thing that is wrong is to be pro-life and forcing women to have abortions or forcing women to give birth.
Lord Mashie
Lord Mashie 3 days ago
@The Earth and Everything in it They're well within the right to do so, as is the case with pro-life politicians.
The Earth and Everything in it
So it’s not wrong when the US government (thru politicians) promote abortion as empowering and prop up propaganda from Planned Parenthood to prove their point?
Lord Mashie
Lord Mashie 7 days ago
When it's forced*
frank tartan
frank tartan 8 days ago
If there was no one child policy John would be talking about China’s over population and those problems for the world. At least they tried! World overpopulation is our number one problem and aside from China no one wants to deal with it. WTG humanity.....
Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson 8 days ago
Well this is what happens with a population of 1 billion people with less arable land than the US
mayoite160 8 days ago
it's also one reason for the uighur oppression - kill/imprison the men & give the women off to single han men
mayoite160 8 days ago
donald dick should be much bigger
jose saldana
jose saldana 9 days ago
Sad. But they screwed themselves didn’t they? But what if they have two sons?
Jet 9 days ago
Reasons Australians leave the workforce: probably because the whole country is on fire and has been for months. Do we need more people on the planet? No.
Bilinda Law-Morley
I dunno...there’s something prescient about that sexy toon. Although, I suppose he has done other shows critical of China, so maybe they decided to yank his chain a bit? And maybe, they thought, well, we’ll get the last laugh, if he criticises us again, ha! We’ve got him advertising our government propagan....umm, policies.
Bilinda Law-Morley
@14:01, not the most controversial issue raised, but with the gross disparity of M to F at marriageable age, that poor girl says shill will *still* never be able to get married? At this point my take is that China will never admit to a mistake, otherwise they would declare an amnesty and immediate citizenship rights for any females (at least) not registered. But how does she have a birth certificate if her birth was never registered, I wonder?
Andrew Melnikov
Andrew Melnikov 10 days ago
The hard truth is, birth control at this point is necessary. But how should it be implemented to avoid all the shitty side effects and turning lives into hell is still unclear.
Patrick Star
Patrick Star 10 days ago
My Chinese girlfriend's parents are against me being her boyfriend. They want her to stay with them in a village and take care of them, as some sort of a house servant. I am giving her a good life, paying for her education, we are a great loving couple. But parents still want her to abandon me and go to their village as a house servant. Luckily, younger generations in China are mostly abandoning their parents' ideologies. But this needs time of course. China itself is a dirt hole, to be honest. Tier 1 cities are great to live, but outside them, peoples' lifestyle and mentality is quite medieval.
Helen Amaro
Helen Amaro 11 days ago
MegaChickenfish 11 days ago
I have just learned *far, far, FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR* more about duck penises than I ever could have expected on a video on the long term negative fallout of China's One Child Policy.
MegaChickenfish 11 days ago
They held it on *that* Tiannamen Square? The square where [absolutely nothing evil happened whatsoever]?
Troy Len
Troy Len 11 days ago
"There's a lot going on in China right now" Yeah John, like concentration camps...but no on wants to talk about that do they?
Schumii 9 days ago
If you're talking about the ones in Xinjiang, he covered those already in his piece about Uncle Xi.
lucky luke
lucky luke 11 days ago
The part about the pickup artists. It sounds weird and stupid (Understandably so) but as a 19 year old who was once a very desperate for attention freshman in high school, I shit you not, that shit works. That pick-up artist bullshit is actually very effective at attracting women. It makes no sense but it somehow worked very well for me and many people I know. Although for those still reading I eventually grew up and became an adult and went back to showing my true personality like a normal human being.
Haut Strange
Haut Strange 13 days ago
Alright hear me out: Willy Wonka is the hero of the movie and Grandpa Joe is the real villain. Dude is a POS.
rabid rabbitshuggers
Haut Strange He can’t get out of bed and get a damn job for 20 years but for free chocolate he’ll dance like Astaire.
Shadow Gamer
Shadow Gamer 13 days ago
I would argue that the fundamental lesson the Chinese government hasn't learn it to respect human rights, but hey, it's not like they respect those in other areas
Fua Consternation
Fua Consternation 14 days ago
i'm confused. John Oliver is going on like tens of millions is a huge discrepancy - when the bloody country has almost one and a half BILLION people. that's literally 1% of the population being a surplus of males. tragic, and quite a large statistic when one thinks about it but seriously, can you think up something else besides repeating "millions" like an overused joke? probably one of the least informative shows i've seen of his, which makes me wonder how many other funny vids are just bland mush like this one, and i just didn't notice how vapid his shows are?
Gabriel Rubens
Gabriel Rubens 15 days ago
That Disney clip is disturbing on so many levels
hythrain 16 days ago
As a 35 year old adult with three adorable nephews... my ideal dinner guest IS someone who insists their food be dinosaur shaped! THAT SOUNDS AWESOME! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, JOHN?! YOU'RE A MONSTER!
Spring Day
Spring Day 17 days ago
There’s also cases of parents purposefully blinding their daughters so that they can have more children because they permitted daughters who disabilities
Darius Brown
Darius Brown 14 days ago
Nick Watson
Nick Watson 18 days ago
Dude likes his fear mongering. Here is a nice report on the 4 2 1 problem that points out these fears are unrealistic with statistics! www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5547295/
Matthew du Plessis
Matthew du Plessis 19 days ago
"John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, INTENDED OR NOT"???? Are you saying there was any intention other than absolute control of a population no matter the horrors suffered by them as a consequence??? And let us not forget that this was just one of many terror driven forms of governance that enslaved and continues to enslave millions of Chinese people. Don't ever ever try to begin to leave open an inch of understanding for this tyrannical, horrific country... but that is what you are doing by trying to suggest that there were "unintended consequences" - you are saying those bad things were an unfortunate and unintended outcome in addition to some good things that were initially intended. LIES - there were no good intentions, ONLY horrific, mass-controlling, mass-murdering, torturing intentions, and every single one of these horrible intentions came to bare. They're celebrating 70 years? Does that period being celebrated include Mao's rule, which kickstarted the 70 years in question and is being hailed by this tyrannical government as the beginning of its glorious reign? Well, of course it does! They are celebrating Mao's communist, murderous government that he started in 1949 and that persists today! Why didn't you mention that rosy period, John, or note that this government is arrogantly celebrating its rule that began with the greatest mass murder in history and was built on the corpses of tens of millions of Chinese people long before they even started killing babies? Are we celebrating the tens of millions of people tortured and murdered, or do we ignore that and stare at the fireworks and ponder only the second worst thing these monsters did while you make jokes about it? Should Germany celebrate the last 80 years and pat itself on the back for the holocaust and celebrate the new German government started by Adolf Hitler? If Germany did that, would you hark back to its national socialist routes ("NAZI" stands for National SOCIALIST German Workers Party, by the way) and make quippy jokes about the holocaust and kick a bit of fun at the survivors? Horrible.... And of course China hasn't learned their lesson that people's reproductive systems cannot be turned on and off at will - because they never needed to learn it, there was never a moment when they didn't know this. But John keeps feigning ignorance FOR THEM as though they weren't doing this from a place of utter tyranny to begin with. They knew that when it was "One Child" and they know that now after changing to "Two Children" - they just don't give a shit and never did, and you know this too John! They knew and still know there will always be more babies than their tyrannical socialist government dictates, but they were perfectly ok with murdering and torturing to create their Utopian balance to stay in power. They murdered and tortured under Mao to maintain control, so why not for the One Child Policy too, and the Two Child Policy as well? They will murder and terrify again in the name of the Two Child Policy, so let's all have a laugh. This policy was never, and will never be, intended for the good of anyone - hilarious. And finally, that's a lot of jokes at the expense of hundreds of millions of people who live in unimaginable suffering, John... "hahaha, her entire life is ruined, she doesn't even exist, just like a ghost (insert funny ghost joke)"... "hahaha, this child's birth has caused us so much pain and suffering that we named him after the fine we got to pay for him - his life and ours will consist of immeasurable suffering forever! (insert joke about the "equivalent" experience of a Western family only pushed to hilarious extremes, trolololol!)" Maybe next time you can try make some jokes about survivors of the National SOCIALIST German Workers Party's Holocaust, or kick some fun at the people starving in socialist North Korea, or hey, for a real thrill, why not joke about all the gay people deported from Cuba by socialist "hero" Che Guevara? When socialism takes root on a large scale, it causes untold horror, including World War II (the Nazi's were socialists and the holocaust was a socialist creation, there it is) but the worst horror it ever caused was the suffering of China under this regime that persists to this day. I usually like this show, but this episode and the shallow, insensitive and misleading way it has portrayed one of the greatest remaining human evils, has made me physically ill. But this show has become very partisan lately and it would be bad for the DNC if John was actually honest about socialism...so I guess I'm disappointed, but not surprised...
Majora 3 days ago
You whine about mao like you care about landlords. Either you are one or are an idiot. I wrote this before noticing you call the nazis 'socialist', which makes sense. That's why hitler had communists and marxists killed en masse when he gained power. Turns out you're just a moron.
rabid rabbitshuggers
...thanks for sharing.
CMG The Person
CMG The Person 19 days ago
They ended the one child policy because they and their police keep murdering people
jaybird -
jaybird - 19 days ago
why are there no sources in the description
Humble 21 day ago
I hate that Im exposing this here but there is also a ludicrous "diplomatic policy" in certain areas of China right now where, in an "effort to deepen ties with African nations", students from African nations are allowed full state sponsored scholarships in Chinese Universities. Each exchange student is granted an absurd amount of money from the Chinese government to "study", and also paired with ~3 female "study companions". The underlying intentions are far more nefarious than it sounds.
aimson 22 days ago
Unfortunately, we have no idea what would have happened without the policy or whether things would have been better or worse. Also, what would the best solution have been other than the one child policy? Hindsight is always 20-20...
Shiyi Huang
Shiyi Huang 22 days ago
John, I feel you might also want to talk about China imposing heavy fans on women who have children before getting married, which is totally absurb
Løng Phåm
Løng Phåm 22 days ago
China inadvertently created for itself, a massive sausage party.
TableWrens 24 days ago
Not enough females? *Life, uh, finds a way*
Religion is Cancer
the twinks will rule China.
Y.F WU 24 days ago
The sweet dolls part is just seriously weird and freaky.
Obo299 25 days ago
oh please. If China announced a return to the 'one-child policy" to fight climate change, or whatever all these liberals would be kissing their ass again. John Oliver leaves out that many environmentalists and socialists praised this policy decision in the 1980s.
Majora 3 days ago
The average chinese person has like 1/3rd the carbon emissions of the average american. China's overall CO2 emissions are about twice the USA's but china has like 4-5 times the people.
Herowebcomics 25 days ago
Ok, Chinese guys! it is time to start thinking out side the box here! If there are not enough women in your country, then it is time to go to other countries! And come to America! There are many single women here! ...And some of them are Chinese!
Tess Kre
Tess Kre 26 days ago
15:58 the fact that these dolls don’t even have heads is exactly what is wrong with this world. Omfg.
Tess Kre
Tess Kre 26 days ago
15:12 okay, but he‘ll only ever find a woman in one of the places where they haven’t realised yet that, wow, those females are in fact intelligent human beings (many much more intelligent that this specimen at least) LOL
Gig27 27 days ago
And to top it all off, it was unnecessary. China had already achieved a sharp reduction in the number of childbirths using standard family planning methods, from 6.2 children per woman in 1960 to 2.5 children per woman in 1979. India has a similar problem. Even there, there has been, and still is, a strong desire to have boys instead of girls. India will also struggle with the problem that there is not enough women for all men.
Yuyao Huang
Yuyao Huang 28 days ago
Just want to point out that having more children is not illegal in China. To put it in simple terms, according to birth control laws, citizens have the right to give birth, but also have the obligation for birth control. If they don't fulfill this obligation, they are required to pay a social upbringing fee on a lump-sum basis. Families who can afford this fee can rightfully have more than two children.
Maya Murali
Maya Murali 29 days ago
How dare you attack pandas
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