John Oliver Links Hugh Jackman to UFOs; Mocks Tesla's Cybertruck Recall

Oliver critiques Tesla's latest mishap in vehicle production

by Zain ul Abedin
John Oliver Links Hugh Jackman to UFOs; Mocks Tesla's Cybertruck Recall
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In a recent episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver turned his satirical lens toward the perennially intriguing subject of UFOs, humorously suggesting that beloved actor Hugh Jackman might have extraterrestrial origins.

The late-night segment delved into the cultural impact of UFOs, ranging from their influence on pop culture to more serious considerations of their existence. "Our main story tonight concerns UFOs," declared Oliver at the outset of the show, adding a twist of humor, "They've given us great album art, classic movie moments, and, of course, Hugh Jackman.

I can’t prove it yet, but I’m close." The Emmy-winning host didn't stop with Jackman. He mentioned celebrities like Kesha, Russell Crowe, and former President Jimmy Carter, all of whom have shared their own UFO sightings.

These anecdotes served as a segue into a broader discussion about the history of UFO sightings, which Oliver noted often have mundane explanations despite the allure of more fantastical theories. Later in the episode, Oliver presented a supposed UFO sighting captured through night vision, which was later speculated to be merely commercial drones.

He commented on the need for a "sober assessment of UFO sightings," though he acknowledged that the conclusions often "can end up being less fun" than the mysteries they attempt to unravel.

Cybertruck Recall Critique

Switching gears, Oliver also took a jab at Tesla's much-discussed Cybertruck.

He highlighted a recent hiccup where the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated a recall of nearly 4,000 vehicles due to a faulty accelerator pedal. This fault was attributed to an "unapproved change" that introduced a lubricant meant to assist in assembling the pedal, which ultimately compromised the pedal's functionality.

"The list of things that can break a Cybertruck now includes driving it," Oliver quipped, encapsulating the segment with his typical blend of humor and critique. The vehicles affected by the recall were manufactured between November 13, 2023, and April 4, 2024, indicating a significant oversight in a relatively new production batch.

This recall is a setback for Tesla, which has been pushing the envelope in automotive innovation but not without occasional roadblocks. Through his unique blend of comedy and commentary, Oliver continues to shed light on diverse topics, engaging his audience with a mix of laughter and learning.

His approach not only entertains but also invites viewers to think critically about the often surreal world around them.

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