One calls for unity, the other opts for ‘premium cable profanity’
Nick Bhasin

17 Nov 2015 - 2:08 PM  UPDATED 17 Nov 2015 - 2:08 PM

Going on the air talk show after an enormous tragedy is always a difficult proposition. Emotions run high for both hosts and viewers. No one's ready for irony, cynicism is decidedly unwelcome and saying something controversial can get your show cancelled.

As we saw with Waleed Aly on The Project, a positive approach is an excellent way to go.

“We all need to come together,” Aly implored. “It’s exactly what ISIL doesn’t want.”

Then he went on to explain how we can all avoid playing into ISIL’s hands.

“If you're a Member of Parliament or a has-been Member of Parliament preaching hate at a time when what we actually need is more love, you are helping ISIL. They have told us that.”

“If you’re a Muslim leader telling your community they have no place here or anonymously basically saying the same thing, you are helping ISIL. They have told us that.”

"Or if you’re just someone with a Facebook or Twitter account firing off misguided missives of hate, you are helping ISIL. They have told us that.”

Over on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a more direct approach.

“As of now, we know this attack was carried about by gigantic fucking assholes,” he said. “Unconscionable flaming assholes.”

Oliver added: “Fuck these assholes.”

He then went on to satirise the purported culture clash between ISIL and France by highlighting the country’s contributions to the world, including the Croquembouche, which he called a “French Freedom Tower”.

“You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friend. You are fucked.”