Hair: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Publisert 9. mai. 2021
John Oliver discusses the importance of Black hair, the ways it can be a target of discrimination, and some ideas to address that.

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  • Black hair products were locked up because that's what was stolen more frequently... I wonder why...

  • what a sad sad world that hairstyle can mean this much to people. :-( do your hair as you like.!

  • ??? The separate AND locking in of some hair products not others?? Never ever seen this in any country...jaw drop

  • how am i considered more 'professional' w my hair when all i do is comb them in the morning meanwhile black ppl who spend hours n hours on theirs only to be considered 'unkempt'. SMH

  • I was sitting here wondering why the fuck Darren Owens took a picture of children in a checkout line. The way he spoke about that experience makes me think that he’s truly proud to tell people (specifically people of color) this story which makes me wonder why this moment was so significant to him. My theory is that for the first time in his life, he looked at African American children and saw real children and not alligator bait. That, to me, is frightening.

  • This has helped me further understand the practice of cultural misappropriation.

  • 12:32 I have been a receptionist (virtual tho) for literally hundreds of places- I can promise that voice meant, "God I fucking hope so, one of these stylists better know something bc I'm getting sick of this shit." I actually ran into a very similar situation answering for a big salon, however since I wasn't there in person (and was allowed to say that for this place) I called literally every single person I had the number for there. Nobody, in a big salon with over 15 stylists, knew anything about African American hair. I got so fed up with that shit I broke the rules, kept her on the line, and we both searched in her area for a good rated place that could help her. It shouldn't be this fucking hard for people. I'm painfully white, so I can walk in anywhere and they at least know how to handle my hair texture (even if the haircut ends up tragic), but POCs are just entirely fucked- especially in small towns in Texas.

  • So we want to change "dreadlocks and other afroamerican hairstyles are wrong" into "it's only wrong if you are white"? Yeah that will DEFINITELY help easing out racial tensions. That would totally convince hairdressers to learn more about them. Yes. Let's fight racist tendencies with literall racism. Your hair is wrong cause your skin color is wrong. 10/10. EDIT: "and all [...] people should clearly be able to make choices about their hair based on what they feel like doing with it. Rather than: will that get me harassed or fired" but not if you are white and what dreads. You know how you can spot racist? When you remove mention of skin colour and that changes how they feel about sentence. Yes black people should wear whatever they like. Not you whites tho. You go to the corner and think about what you have never done but your ancestors might or might not have done.

    • "hello white people" jesus f*** christ. That moment when senator taking pictures of other peoples babies (because they are black), and saying "you people" is not the worst part of the vide neither the most racist....

  • Wow, jeez I never knew people just touched your hair that's so rude...also, I googled what a weave is! haha.

  • One of my favorite episodes.

  • what if business ask white women to go bald to keep there jobs

  • This just makes me sad. Its 2021. Let the people do what the people want to do.

  • 24:08 "Goddamn white people." I was with this whole episode (and still am) until that sour taste was put in my mouth.

    • same. I will never stand by fighting racism with racism. And that part was o whole level worse than "all you people look beautiful". Think about that.

  • In certain activities or sports with helmets involve length and volume of the hair can be an issue and should be taking in to account. Marco Simoncelli is an example. But of course is gonna be use in a racist way in the USA. What are you expecting?

  • he is not funny.

  • Asking anyone to change the natural texture of their hair is blatant discrimination, but asking them to change the style might not be depending on the circumstances. I can't wear my hair as my ancestors would have while at work. If I showed up on Monday looking like Ragnar Lothbrok I would be escorted to the HR department within the hour. As far as people wanting to touch hair, I can't for the life of me figure out that one, my son is of mixed race and people want to touch his hair a lot, even doctors and teachers. I don't remember anyone ever doing that to his mother, but I didn't know her as a child and never thought to ask her about it.

  • I don´t know if this fits here, but i was not accepted at certain jobs for being a guy with long hair several times. And yeah, I know it´s not the same thing that was described in this video. But companies for some reason feel uncofortable, if someone just does not fit the "standard type" they are looking for. Be it woman with short hair, people of colour with natural hair, guys with long hair, tattoos (wich is a racial thing in places like new zealand btw.) or overall styles that are out of the corporate defined "ordinary"

  • Fucking Google it ! ! as an 80's baby, I can say, with all my heart thank God for Google

  • The "tidy Liza Minnelli"? I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BUSINESS JUDY DENCH!

  • You really think rich guy John Oliver cares about your damn hair? If you were up for sale he'd buy you in a second. The level of brainwashing is ridiculous lol

    • "Tell me you know nothing about John Oliver wo telling me you know nothing about John Oliver."

  • "nobody in my area is a specialist at cutting black peoples hair, must be racism" if black people feel this is a problem its up to the to do something about it not just bitch and moan, especially by proxy. god i hate this whimp of a man

  • is this parody!? ridiculous

  • A colleague was introducing me to a senior manager, who was a white woman, and the manager said she didn't recognize me. My colleague tried to jog her memory by reminding her that I used to have locs until I had a hair cut. The manager's response was "it probably didn't look good, that's why I don't remember." Guess what employer I am no longer working for?

  • I'm a staunch liberal and fully support any litigation that stops the discrimination of black people for their choice in hairstyle. I understand this is a comedy show, but the same ol tired "all white people are stupid, racist and uncultured" trope is cringy, insulting and reminds me of the dialog from a cuckhold porno.

  • Someone's hair is a problem? Personally I can't stand baldies!

  • My fiancé is mixed. I have learned so much. Silk pillowcases for days.

  • Dreds Are not a black hair style. Literally all hair can turn into dreds and my peoples had dreads.

  • I googled it, got to this video, get told by angry blacks to google it in a more passive-aggressive manner. Alright then, keep your secrets.

  • Hair is such a weird thing that people are so attached to. Like. When people have anything that isn't standard people are so fucking pissy about it. If you're hair is dyed then people act like you've done a crime.

  • "Who lets dogs kiss them in their mouth?" Lmfao, ACCURATE

  • Please put me in contact with John Oliver! I have an AI I need him to see! I'm doing a write up on it and I need him to see my Recordings and/or read the doc! I Promise this won't be a waste of time!

  • Ok, as a White woman with kinky curly, densely packed, dark hair, I gotta say this is BS! You think only Black people get shit about their hair? JEZUS! I grew up with Farrah Faucet as the role model for hair, and here's me with dark brown, nearly an afro, hair, and believe me, I did not fit in to the "White" ideal of hair beauty (and I was anorexic, before anorexia was even a known thing, so believe me, I KNOW what beauty pressure is, due to not being perfect!) White women get shit all the time for the way we look, and I'd venture even more than black women do. Yeah, you got hair grief, but I get grief for my hair, and my weight, and my complexion, too. I'm so white I actually glow in photos, and yes, I've actually had total strangers yell at me in parking lots about being too white. I'm venturing a bet damned few black women have literally been yelled at by strangers about the color of their skin! So, let me return the favor to all the people who agree with this horseshit - "Fuck Off! God Damned Black People!" Ooh! Did that offend you? It's a Direct Quote - with only ONE tiny Word changed. If you don't want people to talk shit to you, maybe YOU shouldn't talk shit to us. Just a Thought! Try it. Thinking, I mean.

    • Throw this whole comment away ma'am... You put a whole target on your own back and ran with it lol

  • I can relate to some stuff. As a mexican with long hair, not only I face certain discrimination in some places, even my own family won't stop criticizing it.

  • OMG man... Um... Jebus... Well done

  • I don't normally take pictures of children but 🙄BUT yet you TOOK the pictures......... But what exactly were you or are you planning to do with those said pictures 🤔

  • Yes, amusing piece (mostly). Made people think I'm sure. Racist ranting by "celebrities" at the end struck a hard blow against john olivers credibility. Here's a thought; google reverse racism, especially the loud mouth bag saying "GD white people". Not funny or productive and whatever you've suffered wasn't because of ALL white people you ignorant hypocrites.

  • I'm non-USian, so I may not know too much about you guys' race stuff, but I don't get the issue with locking the shampoos. I get that it makes it harder for Black people to shop and that's indeed a bad thing, but if it actually gets stolen more (obviously proof needed) it seems justified, doesn't it? If say I owned a video game store and the PS5s got stolen twice more than the Xboxes, I'd lock the PS5s and not the Xboxes...

  • I’m a white person who wore dreadlocks. I loved them. It was no kind of appropriation. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I love the beautiful hairstyles of the African American people and I just wanted to imitate what made me feel good. I hope that was ok. Ps. “All people are beautiful” you just have to pay attention to notice it. Love to the world.

  • John gets it.

  • I LOVE IT!!

  • I don't fully agree with this episode and what portrays here, it's not simply the black hair that it's the problem, it's the perceived thought of something out of the mainstream. If you re a guy with long hair people will look, if you re a girl with short hair people will look, if you have a different color or hairstyle outside the mainstream people will look and judge The point is, anything that it's different or a minor part of, it is and will be looked upon with contempt

  • This is segment was 🔥🔥🔥

  • Ya know when I learned Racism is embedded into the very roots of western culture, I admit I didn’t expect it to apply to literal roots as well. But i’m also not surprised at all.

    • to every culture sadly

  • As a bystander, is it wrong to not like the smell of coconut oil?

    • Not it's fine, but it's none of your business what people use, i don't like the perfume that my coworkers use, but that doesn't mean i get to ask them to stop using it yk?

  • Great post and extremely accurate. Proving for the umphteenth time IT'S NOT JUST HAIR. Couldn't have said it better myself 💯💯👌🏽

  • uggh. john oliver is such a good boy. someone give him a sausage.

  • It’s always crazy to me how American society is structured around racism. I’ve worked in a formal setting around Asia For 7 years (4 in China) and I rock my hair like that. Fade, locks, short locks you name it, and I’ve never got a single complaint. Rather, I end up being bothered by kids and old ladies on the bus or subway asking to touch my hair and asking what I put in it to make it look that way😂

  • "Who picks apples for fun?" Hey, ouch, savage~

  • I knew it was coming, but I was still bulldozed by the cringe of "you people" and taking photos of children like he was at a zoo

  • 17:21 WHICH mgr was fired? The district mgr or the local one that spoke to the employee? I’m feeling like they prob scapegoated that local guy for just following orders. 19:34 They didn’t see that as a prob when they were passing bathroom bills on the “idea” that trans ppl would be sexually assaulting children in public restrooms if they were allowed to use their identified gender. There has nvr been a case of that happening. Every instance of SA happening to a child in a public bathroom, was perpetrated by a straight male. But, they passed a bazillion laws banning it anyway. But this, this is “doing something that doesn’t exist” & we can’t have that. Cue massive eye roll🙄😡.

  • I love all the references to "their natural hair" - achieved through seven hours in a salon with movies and snacks.

    • Huh?

  • “You people are beautiful” I had to pause the video because I cringed so hard

  • Member all those nu metal bands that had lots of white guys with dreads? Not making a judgement, just bringing up memories, I love dreadlocks and think they look awesome, it's just very tough to keep up, which is why most of them end up cutting them off

  • I'm a Jew, I'm certain that the first mention of dreadlocks was the Book of Judges, Samson, like all of our ascetics, donned dreads. Among the Orthodox, dreaded sideburns is the standard. And it's known that Jamaica got their traditions of dreading hair from a Jewish ancestry. I don't appreciating these people appropriating my culture and claiming it as their own. Hell, even the Hindu ascetic has rights to dreads and may echo my sentiment.

  • When he said black hair I thought he meant that literally. Like the color of the hair is black.

    • 😆😆

  • You deserve an Emmy for this episode.

  • You melt that lace , and you lay the edges down so well they fall asleep !!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥

  • "Goddamn White People" really oughta be the name of this show

  • 9:49 the phone number for the school says it all I remember when I was in preschool we were doing artwork not just any little artwork we had one Asian kid he will deal with crayons with a normal adult would only dream of doing he did artwork like a full grown adult everybody had their own talent he blew us out of the water though it took us a whole year to even start to develop our talents just saying

  • I've had my hair hot combed within the last decade 😂

  • I honestly dont get how people think it's "unkempt" when most of those hairstyles are very neat and literally gorgeous?? Not to mention it probably requires way more upkeep than white hair. It's just racism and any attempt to rationalize it is just... objectively incorrect.

  • Great report, John

  • Imagine caring about this

  • What a huge load of bs. Black hair... I have black hair too. Some others have it blonde or others are redheads. Same other people have thinner hairs, others a bit thicker, some are straight others curly. And so freaking on. I don't know but this is really idiotic, african american hair and even separate hair products, what the fuck is this bullshit? Discrimination based on appearance sure is something else entirely. But that happens regardless of skin color. People treat others differently if they perceive them different. If you're not fit, or not fashionable, if you look raggedy or unkept and whatnot. Is literally the same as if some good looking guy or girl approaches someone or are not attractive, the reaction will be different. In certain environments i could get roasted because i don't like to wear a tie. Well, who cares? I don't even want to have any connection to that type of environment and people who are so stuck up and shallow. So not being hired because you have dreadlocks could be seen as them doing you a favor. But if we are talking about hiring based on some bullshit reason, how about not being accepted because you're not a woman, not a minority or not of a certain religion? The whole world is fucked so please stop pushing this poor black people agenda like is somehow the only issue. Like i'm starting to believe that it's even worse than the jewish holocaust card used in many instances like they were the only people who suffered in history. You should take those words of Morgan Freeman as example that if you really want to stop with the racism you should stop separating people in to groups. Don't call him a black man and he will not call you a white man. I know it's hard because we are evolved to be like this and there is a degree of natural segregation, but the same as with the self preservation instinct, we must learn to ignore some of our natural evolution instinct and bypass it with our judgement and desire to be good and unite as a human species. Like it or not but some parts of freedom too must be toned down. You can't chose your clients, your friends and whatnot. You need to cope with the idea that to be uncomfortable is how things must be.

    • 😆😆 *y u triggered?*

  • He Said "YOU PEOPLE are beautiful". The CAUCasity.

  • I hate my hair because of my family

  • waaaaait hot comes are like flat irons bro

  • Dude, not gonna lie, I really don't care. I don't even care enough about my own hair to share: I bought a buzz clipper so I could personally give myself buzz cuts once a month so I don't have to pay for haircuts. If I bald, I will not fret, for I simply do not care, about hair. Suck it, Seuss.

  • Our laws should never dictate what a persons opinions should reflect.

  • Sup all my brothers and sisters and cousins. We need to keep running for all these seemingly harmless public office jobs so we can get some real changes in Amerikkka. we need to get involved more. Every single one of us as a human race (my family came in the early 1900's from Eastern Europe Irish, German some Spanish) we need to get this shit outta the conservatives hands. Ruining life for so many minorities. We know this for sure theres no question the racism is EVERYWHERE. Class warfare as well but not so much if youre white.

  • I'm just glad this isn't about a freaking musical.

  • Touching people's hair is a slippery slope even with permission. One time I asked the girl that sat in front of me in class if I could braid her hair, and next period I had another girl sat in her spot asking for the same style. Soon I was the go-to person for hair styling in my class and I had to choose between borrowing notes from other people or cutting my hairstyling career short.

  • The taliban just took over Afghanistan , ufo’s are real, plague is upon us … let’s talk about hair…

    • The Taliban hadn't taken Afghanistan when this piece was made

  • LOLOLOLOL. John Oliver's British accent over his British accent. Funnee.

  • Dreadlocks are awful no matter what color you are. Any hairstyle that requires cutting off your hair to undo should be a red flag.

  • this was so good. im glad i watched it

  • This hits close to home. I'm Brazilian. It's really hard to determine a lot of people's heritage around here, because there's an enormous rate of miscigenation in our population. I, myself, am very undefineable: I'm clearly of black heritage, although people here dispute it when I claim it, because my skin is of a lighter tone. As if I'm talking myself down by stating I'm black. The reason I don't state I'm black very often (I usually check the box for "brown") is because I don't feel I experimented real racism as black people do. Because, you know, my SKIN IS LIGHTER. Is fucking ridiculous, but as people perceive me as white - it's even in my birth certificate - if I do experiment racism, it's subtle and go over my head. I only started to pay attention to these questions later in life, as internet surfaced these discussions. And as affirmative action tries to reparate the historic damage our society inflicted on black people, I don't feel validated in taking advantage of any of those. I don't feel like I paid my proper dues to the racial struggle. The country I went that a lot of natives confused me as their own was Morocco. But they think themselves as white. They call the subsaharian Africa "black Africa". It's stupid as hell. My hair? Curly. Really curly. Like you see in renditions of cherubins, but black. It's not the curliest possible, though. Real black people - the ones who go undisputed and get persecuted by the police - might have real small curls, way smaller than mine. And the term brazilians usually use for this kind of hair translate, literally, as "bad hair". When I was young my mother tried to disguise it by putting a lot of hair gel, combing it really close to my scalp and mantaing it short. I still like it short - less upkeep - but when it grows, I let it grow freely. I like how it looks. And my mother herself does that to her hair, the hot irons, the chemicals and whatnot. It took me more than twenty years to convince her to stop destroying her hair with these straightening techniques - they're very destructive - and just accept what she was: black! Let your hair be as your hair is. Just treat it well, take care of it and it will be beautiful. That's what makes good or bad hair: cleanliness, hidration, proper care. Straightened hair not only looks awful, it enormously restrains the lives of those who live with it. That's what racism does. It strips us away from our identities. I don't know how to present myself: I don't like either denying my heritage nor belittling the struggle of black people. My mother was taught from infancy that being her was just wrong. This is so dehumanizing for reasons so stupid it makes me want to cry. And all this while real shitty people, the ones who trully have all the reasons to be disgusted at themselves, are running the country and stepping on everyone's heads, laughing and feasting with our resources.

  • Love the channel 3 guys, brilliant!!

  • As a non-American, for a while I thought this was a parody sketch. Had no idea hair had been racially charged. Like, who cares how other people's hair is and how they wear it?

  • As a guy with curly hair. It irks how I'm pushed for my hair to be cut because it's curly and long (not really that long but yes by boy standards)

  • Black hair is lovely. One friend let me play with his afro and it was super cool, all squishy. I usually have a buzz cut and it's fun to touch as well, but in a totally different way. I totally get the urge to pet people's heads, but it's gotta be pushed down deep unless invited.

  • I don't have discomfort around black people's hair. I may have ignorance though because what I have most of all is INDIFFERENCE. I couldn't care less about your hair. And you couldn't care less about mind. The fact that a subject like this is on a show such as last week Tonight with a spokesperson like John Oliver is telling... And it's the reason why the BLM activists aren't taken seriously anymore. BLM certainly had merit. Horrible things were happening across the Nation. And they still are. The George Floyd and Brianna Taylor are being exploited so that BLM people can attempt to permeate and saturate every single nook and cranny of American culture. Even ones where they make no sense such as this program. I don't care if you call me a racist. I'm not one so your opinion, regardless of your color is irrelevant to me. Less than 10 years black people will no longer be a minority. I wonder if you'll shut the fuck up then. George Floyd Brianna Taylor and all of the unarmed black kids at the mercy of corrupt cops was and is a REAL and DEADLY problem. But that life and death horror show has been exploited (BY BLACK PEOPLE) so that we can make John Oliver talk about hot combs and weaves . THIS WAS THE MOST RIDICULOUS JOHN OLIVER IN ALL THE YEARS HE HAS BEEN ON. The main problem (except corrupt cops) with the black community IS the black community. That's real talk.

  • PLEASE!!!!!!! Do a segment on the current Australian Governments appalling vaccine rollout blunder and their absolute incapability to govern our nation. We are currently LAST in the OECD and LAST in all developed countries when it comes to the % of population vaccinated, over 65% of our population is currently in strict lockdowns and this is 100% because our Prime Minister (Scotty from marketing) failed to obtain the necessary vaccines. His government was offered 40 million doses of Pfizer in February and they said "Nah she'll be right mate"... Leaving us with AstraZeneca as the only vaccine available, then when news and reports started coming in about the rare, but serious, TTS Blood Clotting Syndrome, they ran a scare advertising campaign to advise Australians (of all ages) to get vaccinated (with AZ) even though the ATAGI and TGA advice was strongly opposed to anyone under the age of 60 receiving AZ... You ran a segment a few years ago "Other Countries Presidents of the United States" where you featured previous Prime Minister and Scroot Morrisons predecessor, Tony Abbot. You actually featured my song "F*ck You Abbott" in that segment (highlight of my life)... Please once again, shed some light on the ridiculous absurdity of the current Australian Government. Your faithful follower Ryan James

  • This was a good article up until the last part. Can you imagine the backlash if this was flipped around?

    • @BoxyCthulhu Being rude is never warranted.

    • The response is different because black people don't ask about white people's hair, generally. But white people's questioning about black hair is evidently common and irritating enough that it warranted that response. Also because of the existing power structures and systems between black and white people.

  • There is a hair cross section spectrum from African to Caucasian to Asian. The African hair is the flattest and the Asian is the roundest. This is one of the reasons why African hair is so difficult to take care of. Asians are very lucky when their hair mostly fall straight down without the need to do anything at all. Cultural heritage aside, the physics of African hair are completely different to Caucasian and Asian hair.

  • As a hairstylist of 15 years in Ohio, I’ve worked for the three big Corporate Chain Hair Salons- one isn’t so Great, one thinks they’re Super and the other wants to distract you with Sports. Read between the lines on that one, these big wigs (no pun intended) have big money and I’m not trying to get targeted for speaking up. But yes, none of them really carry any products for anyone but white people, and more specifically, they target their businesses around their customers being white men, using their productivity pay scale around service times that can really only be achieved by having a steady client base of white men in a hurry. I have multiple issues with these corporations and how they’ve impacted my industry, but most alarming is the fact that all are sticklers for giving the HR department answer that we all can service anyone anytime regardless of any conditions, particularly do not discriminate against African American hair, the expectation and answer being that we are all specialists and can cut/style all hair types, yet in my professional experience, not one of these places gave any training for cutting or styling anything but white peoples hair. I’m expected to know how to care for “ethnic hair” but have no job training for it? Even in hair school- we had multiple mannequin heads with white hair, but only one “ethnic hair” mannequin, whose hair was actually Yak hair, and never worked on them. There is a serious problem in this industry. For me personally, it’s not that I don’t want to take a black client and am discriminating against them cuz I’m the white devil or something like that; I just genuinely don’t know how to properly care for it, I know it takes a long time to grow and I get nervous about messing up, since I wouldn’t be knowing what the hell im doing, but I’m expected to know out of nowhere. I don’t wanna do a bad job, out of threat of being prosecuted as a racist if I decline- truth is, they all have 5 point plans, each with 5 sub points, all focused on making themselves look and run like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. I ain’t loving it cuz people ain’t getting having their way, that’s where my beef is at.

  • Oliver talks about whites as if he was not one of them himself.

  • The detail in this story is immaculate, as it usually is . It just hits different because it's so personal.

  • I've had a lot of these problems. They go to cut my hair thinking it's damaged and end up cutting it all off. Also had white people at the school I went to say my hair is like pubic hair. It's impossible to live in a small town and find someone who can cut my hair right.

  • Yeah it is true af about how some white ppl discriminate against black hairstyles. They also have prejudice against anyone with longer hair. It's a shame ppl should learn to accept that we are not a country full of buzz cut Nazis

  • Am I racist cuz I don't like dreads? I also don't like bowl cuts....

  • Ah..."The answer is WHITE people"

  • "The Banana Republic at the Westchester Mall in White Plains" is front runner for whitest sentence I've heard this week.

  • 23:20 I was on board with everything until someone told me to use bing.

  • My ex boyfriend is black and was the longest relationship I had ever had. Through him, I learned so much about black hair and it was just so sad to hear about all that discrimination in this episode. Where, I come from, if you are a stylist and don’t know how to do black hair, then you’re not a good stylist lol.

  • Well done John!

  • My worst enemy if my hair is my mother. So glad she left yesterday to another country even if just a few weeks. Always happy bot having to hear my hair is ugly everyday and hour.

  • It's liberal "Karens" who have to make this an issue that it is. And let's face it "Karens" belong and come from the left side of political ideology.

  • Yeah only white people have prejudices and biases....wtf is this?

  • johns dedication to learning about black hair and correctly talking about it is refreshing