After a New York Times story revealed that five women had received $13 million from either Mr. O’Reilly or Fox News as settlements for sexual harassment complaints, more than 40 advertisers have dropped his show, leaving it with almost no ads and even ending the show fifteen minutes early on Thursday night. However, one party is actually offering to buy airtime on “The O’Reilly Factor”: John Oliver.
The British satirist quoted President Trump’s response to the allegations: “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
“To recap this story for you,” Oliver said. “Bill O’Reilly needs advertisers and Donald Trump needs to understand sexual harassment. And here, is where we come in.”
Once again, Oliver announced, his show will be deploying the “Catheter Cowboy,” a spoof of Medical Direct Club’s “Catheter Cowboy” commercials, to teach Donald Trump a lesson. Oliver has already made a habit of buying advertising on “Fox & Friends” using the Catheter Cowboy to discuss the GOP’s health-care bill and the nuclear triad in ads aimed at President Trump, who is known to watch these programs regularly. And now sexual harassment:
“Howdy, I’m a professional cowboy. I use catheters and there’s two things I know,” the man says, “I don’t like pain when I cath and repeated unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks in the workplace constitutes sexual harassment.”
The cowboy continues: “If there’s a power disparity between the two parties, well, that’s about as inappropriate as lubricating a catheter with hot sauce, partner. Why would you do that? I do not like pain when I cath.”
“And if you’ve got a friend who was accused of something like that over and over again, I might think twice about defending him, because that just contributes to a culture where women don’t want to come forward,” the character says as he stands next to a copy of O’Reilly’s book “Culture Warrior.” “And I know you might not care about that but on some level you’ve gotta know, you’re blowing this.”
The ad closes with: “That’s all for now. Goodbye everyone watching this and definitely not one specific person.”