Flame On: John Oliver Recruits Human Torch Casting Critics
CREDIT: Marvel Comics
John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight did a segment during Sunday's night program about 'net neutrality' and the major U.S. cable companies' desire for a two-tiered internet speed system. During the segment Oliver explained the FCC is now headed by the person who formerly ran the cable companies' lobbying efforts, or as Oliver put it, "the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo."
The FCC is taking public comments on the issue, and Oliver's segment is being credited with helping crash the system on Monday.
We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic. We’re working to resolve these issues quickly.
— The FCC (@FCC) June 2, 2014
So what does this have to do with critics of the casting Michael B. Jordan as the Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fox's 2015 Fantastic Four reboot?
Towards the end of the segment (the 10:36 mark, below) that explains the net neutrality issue Oliver urged Internet commenters to take the FCC up on their offer to weigh in with their opinion. Go directly to the 12:43 mark to how the whole Human Torch situation plays into the satirical segment.
"Flame on," indeed.
And all fun aside, the entire segment is worth watching for anyone who spends a good deal of time online, for business or recreation.