One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.

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  • Katie Church
    Katie Church  1 hours back

    period underwear is a thing, and yes, that includes things. period cups (the brand Diva Cup is most well known) exist and are kinda like tampons but better for the environment. why would you need special toilet paper for blood???

    • Claudio G.
      Claudio G.  4 hours back

      And few weeks ago the EU Parliament voted a resolution to ban communism from Europe, associating that ideology to nazifascism.

      • bixchick007
        bixchick007  4 hours back

        You can't unsee a curly dick duck.

        • Semi-Charmed Life
          Semi-Charmed Life  4 hours back

          There is ALOT of adoptions of Chinese girls in the US.

          • Fei Xie
            Fei Xie  4 hours back

            I’m getting more and more confused. I’ve met more people throughout my life than listed examples here, like my classmates who are female, the second child in their family. OMG! How could they have their own name? How could they still alive? How could their family still be happy? What a coincidence🤭 And it’s 2019 right? Some of the references are even older than me lol. I remember this topic, and long term consequences has been debated since I was 15... But anyway, finally I know why I am fat as a meatball 😂 and all my 4 cousins and I are female, how lucky we were😱😂😂😂

            • Kez
              Kez  4 hours back

              Little meatballs LoL

              • xr28y ge3fl1
                xr28y ge3fl1  6 hours back

                Poor people who have kids are assholes.

                • Emma Moser
                  Emma Moser  8 hours back

                  I’m incredibly sick of uninformed American liberals who think that China’s One Child Policy was an environmentalists’ wet dream, with no regard to the violation of basic human rights it entailed. Violently enforced authoritarian population control is never the ethical solution.

                  • Micah Williams
                    Micah Williams  9 hours back

                    9:04 It’s the toilet paper (before you pointed out it wasn’t real I was hoping it was a new thing).

                    • atilla hun
                      atilla hun  9 hours back

                      John Olivier didn’t informed entirely complete, one child policy only ended for Han Chinese.

                      • monica reyes
                        monica reyes  11 hours back

                        This sounds like eugenics 🧐

                        • cientochentasur
                          cientochentasur  13 hours back

                          More racist jokes for this “woke” liberal. Liberals will always side with fascists against the left.

                          • 缑晨
                            缑晨  13 hours back

                            just all negative.

                            • 博雅
                              博雅  15 hours back

                              11:12 the woman said :it's just(the grassroots officers) who carried out the policy were too on the left(too radical)
                              then how did HBO translate that?"the policy was just so senseless"
                              im not saying that policy was great,but boy it's absolutly not what HBO makes it sounds like
                              not sure it was the whole HBO news couldn't find a proper chinese translater or they just did it on purpose

                              • Tobias Niebergall
                                Tobias Niebergall  17 hours back

                                the world suffocates in humans....time to bash the one child policy

                                • Robert Daws
                                  Robert Daws  17 hours back

                                  My wife born 1990 was 1 of 3, for the majority of the population this wasn’t enforced the way we believe it was.

                                  • MarsMellon
                                    MarsMellon  18 hours back

                                    8:55 it's the toilet paper right?

                                    • Lily Tiger
                                      Lily Tiger  19 hours back

                                      Diva cup is real

                                      • 庄吴铭
                                        庄吴铭  20 hours back

                                        Every story in this video can find their resemblances in almost every village in China. Just talked to some friends about policies that people resent, including one child policy, during national day holiday. Those policies are usually implemented in insensitive ways. And it’s ironic that the langue about what we should do can have a huge u-turn in just a few years.

                                        • 庄吴铭
                                          庄吴铭  20 hours back

                                          One professor I heard was fired due to her having second child just a few weeks before two child policy was implemented.

                                          • Michael Miller
                                            Michael Miller  22 hours back

                                            You can grandstand and cherry-pick a few accentuated cruelties of the Chinese government, but population control materially benefited China. Just look at their economic growth and explosion in middle class /professional class . Okay, it wasn't all sunshine and roses----probably could have been implemented much more humanely, did not properly account for gender biased birth rates, etc. But look at the big picture. The country went from a mostly rural, less educated, agrarian society of loosely knit small farming communities, (...still recovering from a recent collapse of monarchy and 8 year long war...and 4 extra years of follow-up civil war...) to a technologically advanced modern nation in half a century. The transition from hordes of people reproducing like horny rabbits to a society with smaller nuclear families was wise considering their prior unsustainable population growth that was threatening chronic famine and natural resource shortages in the medium and long term in lieu of serious reform. You cannot circumvent the basic economics at work. The more kids you have, the more mouths to feed, diapers to change, school desks taken up, fossil fuel to provide energy for all the aforementioned, etc. And it does affect the community, since we all live in the same finite space with finite resources available. Thing is, Humans are just Great Apes. You know what that means? It means that each and every one of us has an Ape brain. Our dumb Ape brains are never satisfied with the amount of children we already have. It is restless while you are single and without heirs. The Ape brain tells us to disseminate our genes to as many progeny as possible before death----that is after all, the meaning of life, right? And hey! You also get to have sex in the process of propagating your genes, so it's a win win. The Ape brain is what sustains our species. You, the person reading this, have one, just as your father and mother have/had one, as did their parents and so on. It is because your ancestors had the Ape brain that you even exist at all. And now you, carrying the same genes as your predecessors, will do exactly as they did, unless by fluke of biology or circumstance you develop/acquire a trait that is apparently unique to Humans: Nihilism, the solution to the Fermi paradox. Are you glad that you exist? And what do you think makes human life?

                                            • necromancer
                                              necromancer  23 hours back

                                              One child policy is the solution for many social problems like poverty and unemployment.

                                              • Ello Owu
                                                Ello Owu  1 days back

                                                Lol, chinas a sausage fest

                                                • 王慧娟
                                                  王慧娟  1 days back

                                                  So many biases and show how mean Americans are. More meatball in US, guys

                                                  • Wade Smalling
                                                    Wade Smalling  1 days back


                                                    • loveablebastard
                                                      loveablebastard  1 days back

                                                      John Oliver discusses: not U.S. foreign policy since the end of WW2.

                                                      • Yuruo Lei
                                                        Yuruo Lei  1 days back

                                                        I am a Chinese only child, and I think this video is just full of prejudice and disrespect. I'm not defending the one-child policy, but I cannot just sit silently when celebrities are intentionally distorting the facts and defacing my home country. Abortions are voluntary choices, and I have many friends and classmates whose parents choose to give birth to a 2nd or even the 3rd child with totally affordable fines. I'm not saying this is the most ideal situation, but things are definitely how Oliver hoaxes in this show.
                                                        Also, so many other countries also have gender discrimination, including America. Planed parenthood in America is also full of hypocrisies and problems. I just don't understand why being so hostile to a county you barely know is so cool to some people.
                                                        Really, just hear more voices from students and people who are actually from mainland china rather than watch this type of talk show which intentionally brainwashes its audience.

                                                        • L R
                                                          L R  19 hours back

                                                          Yuruo Lei Excellent comment. I don’t appreciate the condescending attitude this show frequently demonstrates. Many things get mocked in very poor taste and trivialized or sensationalized to suit the program’s agenda. There are enough really pressing issues in this country and in the world that are critical and call for urgent attention, how about we focus on those. In general I appreciate that they discuss things nobody else ventures into, but they do exaggerate, a few weeks ago the issue was discussed that is critical, and it’s my professional area, so I thought “finally” - but then they misrepresented a few things & skewed statistics, so it loses credibility.
                                                          I really respect the tone of your comment, really dignified.

                                                      • Ayman El kadouri
                                                        Ayman El kadouri  1 days back

                                                        A country shouldn't control how many children your having so long as you take care of them and treat them well

                                                        • Momma Bear
                                                          Momma Bear  1 days back

                                                          More than the u.s. population was Murdered.. 400 MILLION BABIES

                                                          • Alejandro Molina
                                                            Alejandro Molina  1 days back

                                                            I learned this from China Uncensored a while ago.

                                                            • Alexander Lynch
                                                              Alexander Lynch  1 days back

                                                              Voluntary late-term abortion: just like drinking from a water fountain.

                                                              • Philip V
                                                                Philip V  1 days back

                                                                He may be the most unfunny man on earth. Jeez, imagine running into this snooze at a party overhearing him talk about pandas. When there's no actual laughtrack, people tend to flee rather quickly.

                                                                • LFPS0311
                                                                  LFPS0311  1 days back


                                                                  • Ra Gut
                                                                    Ra Gut  1 days back

                                                                    Menstrual cups are real, period panties are real. The joke is the toilet paper.

                                                                    • Timothy Vaschu
                                                                      Timothy Vaschu  1 days back

                                                                      Solution: Go to other countries and have sex ...

                                                                      • Decoder
                                                                        Decoder  2 days back

                                                                        Fuck chinese communist party

                                                                        • Jet Kismet
                                                                          Jet Kismet  2 days back

                                                                          If you want to learn more about the dangers of government handled population control, research communist Romania’s 770 decree. They pretty much were on the opposite extreme, banning abortion unless a woman had already had FIVE children. Employers Also carefully monitored female worker’s menstrual health and the secret police kept a watchful eye on you until you had a healthy delivery. The resulting overcrowded orphanages are a whole other horror story.

                                                                          • Andy E
                                                                            Andy E  2 days back

                                                                            China will now delete John from its internet. China is a free non police state, they have all freedoms as US.


                                                                            • Michael Edwards
                                                                              Michael Edwards  2 days back

                                                                              The one child policy was only in effect in big cities. Farmers and those who lived in less populated areas could have more than one.

                                                                              • MadNotAngry
                                                                                MadNotAngry  2 days back

                                                                                ZPG - Zero Population Growth. Reproduce yourself, then stop.

                                                                                • 龚飞洋
                                                                                  龚飞洋  2 days back

                                                                                  The two-child policy is not asking people to raise two babies, but allowing them to have two babies, which shows that your knowledge about China nowadays is stilled biased. You know what, you did a great job by showing the "truth" of China to Americans, all the Americans should keep thinking that way: China is still a poor and weak country, so that we would have a lot of time to develop and surpass you before you can realize.

                                                                                  • Funnygamera1ex
                                                                                    Funnygamera1ex  2 days back

                                                                                    It's ironic. Cause almost every time I see a Asian or Chinese dude, a huge mob of other Asian or Chinese follow behind. One child policy my ass! Fucking politics ... They clearly have their heads shoved up their asses over in Asia. Cause obviously, everyone just moves to the US(for the most part) to start families. Fuck Asia's government. Someone obviously needs to step up over there. Killing or orphaning kids because "It's the law" is completely fucked up.

                                                                                    • coffeeandcigeratte
                                                                                      coffeeandcigeratte  2 days back

                                                                                      It’s a no brainer the girls in china have “princess syndrome” because the ball is in their court.

                                                                                      • elivevile
                                                                                        elivevile  2 days back

                                                                                        Given that they don't care at all about violating human rights in order to make national policies, if they're worried about having too many old people, they could just mandate them to suicide or get killed. "Give your life for the good of the country!"

                                                                                        • Dheeraj P B
                                                                                          Dheeraj P B  2 days back

                                                                                          As an Indian it feels good to know that their people aren't happy and the pressure cooker will explode one day... 🙂

                                                                                          • MICROSOFT HQ
                                                                                            MICROSOFT HQ  2 days back

                                                                                            I just move dam

                                                                                            • CX Tian
                                                                                              CX Tian  2 days back

                                                                                              It pains me to watch this one.

                                                                                              • Johnny BeGood
                                                                                                Johnny BeGood  2 days back

                                                                                                34 million is just little over than 2% of the whole population of China. So it basically means there's approximately 49% of women and 51% of man. You could hardly say there are "far more men than women".