Comic John Oliver upped the stakes in a tongue-in-cheek spat with a Connecticut metropolis, providing to donate $55,000 to charity if officers observe by means of on a joke to call its sewage remedy plant after him.
Mayor Mark Boughton mentioned final week that Danbury was going to rename the ability the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant, in response to Oliver’s expletive-filled rant in opposition to town on a latest episode of HBO’s “Final Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
“Why? As a result of it’s stuffed with crap identical to you, John,” Boughton mentioned in a video posted on his Fb web page.
Oliver’s Danbury diatribe got here on his Aug. 16 present, by which he explored racial disparities within the jury choice course of, citing issues three a long time in the past in Hartford and New Britain in Connecticut. He then seemingly randomly went off on Danbury.
On Sunday’s present, Oliver mentioned he was stunned and delighted by town’s response. However then he went off on one other rant after enjoying a video of Boughton saying it was only a joke.
“Wait, so that you’re not doing it? Aw (expletive) you, Danbury,” Oliver mentioned. “You had the primary good concept in your metropolis’s historical past and also you chickened out on the observe by means of. What a basic Danbury transfer. Hear, I didn’t know that I wished my identify in your (expletive) manufacturing unit however now that you just floated it as an choice, it’s all that I need.”
Oliver supplied to donate $55,000 to Danbury-area charities, together with $25,000 to the Connecticut Meals Financial institution, if town renamed the plant after him. If not, Oliver mentioned he would make charitable donations to “rival” cities together with Waterbury and Torrington.
Boughton mentioned Monday that metropolis officers had been contemplating Oliver’s provide and deliberate to launch a response by the top of the week. He mentioned the Metropolis Council must approve any renaming of the sewage plant.
“I believe it’s very beneficiant and we recognize that,” the mayor mentioned. “It’s only a nice distraction for individuals to get laughs.”
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