John Oliver Makes Good on FIFA Promise to Chug Bud Light Lime
For all the change Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has used his Sunday HBO platform to call for, few occurred so quickly as FIFA head Sepp Blatter resigning from his heavily-corrupt post. Steward had mockingly pledged to endorse FIFA sponsors like McDonald’s and Bud Light, should the companies aid in Blatter’s ousting, and last night saw Stewart bitterly paying the piper.
Having called attention to FIFA’s shady practices a year before the recent round of arrests placed further pressure for the soccer organization’s reform, Oliver returned to the subject last week with a focus on removing Blatter as the head. Last night saw Oliver admitting that while the listed sponsors’ role in removing Blatter remained unclear, his weeks-earlier promise could not be ignored:
Adidas, I will wear one of your ugly shoes. One of those shoes that make me look like the Greek god of aspiring DJs. McDonald’s, I will take a bite out of every item on your Dollar Menu which tastes like normal food that was cursed by a vindictive wizard.
And I will even make the ultimate sacrifice: Budweiser, if you pull your support and help get rid of Blatter, I will put my mouth where my mouth is, and I will personally drink one of your disgusting items. I’m serious. It could be a Bud Light. I will even drink a Bud Light Lime, despite the fact that all the lime in the world cannot disguise the fact that this tastes like a puddle beneath a Long John Silver’s Dumpster.
But I will do it. I will drink one maintaining eye contact with the camera and say it’s delicious, because if you get rid of the Swiss demon who has ruined the sport I love, this stuff will taste like f—ing Champagne!
Despite fumbling a bit with the McDonald’s tray and peppering in as many colorful Bud Light Lime comparisons as possible, Stewart lived up to every one of his promises, sauntering over to a staged party area in his winged Adidas shoes. There’s still plenty of FIFA work to be done, but consider Oliver’s part officially lived up to.