John Oliver has just won Mother’s Day. The hilarious TV host took on a major issue that working mothers face right now — unpaid maternity leave. Click to see his amazing satirical PSA!
John Oliver, 38, isn’t afraid to push the envelope, especially when it comes to major issues. During a special Mother’s Day segment for his show, Last Week Tonight, he went on a hilarious, yet serious, rant about how mothers are treated unfairly in America when it comes to maternity leave.
John Oliver Slams Lack Of Paid Maternity Leave For Women On ‘Last Week Tonight’
With such amazing Mother’s Day deals like personalized M&M’s, cheap clothes at JCPenny, a garden pot from a professional MLB team or even a free meal at Hooters, what more could mother’s want?
Well, John knows exactly what these moms want — paid maternity leave that would allow them and fathers to take the time they need before rushing back to work out of fear of losing their jobs. During his May 10 show, he discussed the importance of giving parents paid time off after their child is born and he does it in true John Oliver form.
In the video he starts off discussing how amazing companies are at honoring moms one day out of the year (Mother’s Day). He hilariously points out that even Hooters shows their appreciation with free wings, “What better way to honor the woman who gave you life than to take her to Hooters?” Classy.
He continues to discuss that you can’t celebrate mom just one day of the year, policies need to change in America. “You deserve the very best, moms – you’re just not gonna get it.”
America Is One Of Only Two Countries Without Mandated Paid Maternity Leave
“You can’t go on and on about how much you love mothers and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them,” Oliver says, before transitioning into his satirical PSA.
In the video, it points out that America does provide 12 weeks of UNPAID leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act. But the terms are very limited and exempt small employers, freelancers, contractors and also require workers to have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past year.
He added that the United States is one of only two countries without a mandated paid maternity leave, what a shame. “Just us and Papua New Guinea. That’s as unlikely a pairing as Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon,” John joked.
John also hilariously stated, “If a worker with no paid leave goes into labor at work, she better hope it’s on her lunch hour and that her co-workers don’t mind if the break room gets a bit messy.”
We hope he got his message across!
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— Brittany King