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    Connecticut Town to Rename Sewage Plant after John Oliver

    Connecticut Town to Rename Sewage Plant after John Oliver

    “We are going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. Why? Because it’s full of crap just like you, John.” – Danbury Mayor

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    It’s not clear what triggered comedian John Oliver’s hate of Danbury, Connecticut, but in a segment, Oliver said “fuck Danbury” and proceeded to bash the quaint little town. In response, the Mayor of Danbury announced the renaming of the sewage plant to “John Oliver.”

    From the Associated Press:

    A Connecticut town’s officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they’re naming the local sewage treatment plant after him.

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday that shows him at the plant.

    “We are going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,” the Republican mayor says. “Why? Because it’s full of crap just like you, John.”

    The new name comes after a recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in which he explored the racial disparities in the jury selection process, citing problems in a few Connecticut towns.

    In the segment, Oliver noted Danbury’s “charming railway museum” and its “historic Hearthstone Castle.”

    “I know exactly three things about Danbury,” he said. “USA Today ranked it the second-best city to live in in 2015, it was once the center of the American hat industry and if you’re from there, you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver — children included — (expletive) you.”

    It wasn’t exactly clear what prompted Oliver to go off on Danbury. A message seeking comment was left for his agent Sunday.

    Oliver also made fun of Boughton and other American mayors in 2017 over videos they made seeking to attract Amazon’s second world headquarters. In his video, Boughton asks Alexa where the best place for the facility would be, and Alexa says Danbury.

    Oliver’s segment that prompted the renaming along with the Mayor’s response:


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    A sewage treatment plant cleans up filth. Naming such a plant after someone honors that person. It is like calling Mr. Oliver a Muckraker, which is far from an insult. It would be an insult if the sewage itself was named after him.
    As it is, this naming compliments Oliver, unless the plant is ineffective and in fact spreads the filth around.
    However, it is the mayor himself who would have to take responsibility for such spreading.
    Muckrakers back more than a hundred years ago got their reputations by denouncing corruption in city governments.
    That this mayor gets pleasure from this naming, which is a gratuitous act on his part, seems to mean he considers it an insult to Oliver. This suggests that in the battle between the sewage plant and the sewage, he is identifying himself with the sewage.

    I see a bit of a problem. In a sewage plant, the crap is treated, fool/tool Oliver is beyond treatment.

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