When John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" and former correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," gets an idea and a week to work on it, the results are going to be either hilarious or horrifying, depending on your point of view.
Sunday night Oliver took on a new topic ... professional sports stadiums. As usual, he got in-depth on the politics, economics, pros, cons and occasional absurdity of the process by which communities build new facilities for their local teams. Naturally, San Diego came up.
Oliver talked about the Bolts and their threats to leave, but then dug deep in the internet to find a few things about what's going on here. You can see what he found (please be warned, it is HBO so there is some profane language) below or through this link at the 7:18 mark.
If you don't have time to watch it, Oliver found the Save Our Bolts music video performed by San Diego-based rapper C-SICCNESS and took a couple of shots at the lyrics, actually referencing again in the end of the piece.
So the Save Our Bolts movement has gone nationwide on HBO. But, not exactly in the most flattering manner. So how did the C-SICCNESS, the San Diego-based rapper who did the song, respond to the lampooning? Well, you know the old saying in show business, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." C-SICCNESS says it's true, and he's actually benefitting from it:
This is actually perfect timing for the national exposure. On Tuesday, July 14 at 2 p.m., the San Diego City Council will vote on whether to approve $2.1 million to fund, in part, an Environmental Impact Report that could allow a stadium vote to take place by January.
Chargers fans are planning a rally starting at 1:30 p.m. on Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall (202 C Street) and are encouraging as many supporters as they can get to show up and try to sway the opinion in favor of the approval.
You can also see the Save Our Bolts video in its entirety here.