The UK’s Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn’t keep going with that strategy.
Hey guys lets care about the colour of a fucking bus rather than what the labor party is actually trying to do. Because that makes sense
So glad that John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight got renewed for two more seasons!! He deserves it. Informative and very funny content at the same time :]
time for me to get back to clopping.
The Pretty Princess Pony campaign: Appealing to women and certain creepy middle-aged men.
But what is the other party’s policy on pretty princess ponies?
Why not a crime solving pony!?
The should have painted the van 50 shades of grey.
No one complains that the ribbons sold to raise money and awareness for breast cancer are pink.
This seems like a case of reverse discrimination on the media’s hands to me. What exactly is wrong with a having a pink colored political van that has an association with women voters? Are you saying that the van can’t be colored pink? Which colors wouldn’t be acceptable to associate with women? Fuck it, let’s just live in a black and white society where we censor and nerf everything for the sake of political correctness… That sounds so much more fun than not giving a shit about the color or a van.
It’s not pink. It’s light-ish red.
What color was that baby dressed in from head to toe when that woman spoke out about how patronizing the color pink is?
Please do an episode on feminism propaganda.
Who the fuck cares what colour the van is? Does it really matter? I mean, what colour should they have painted it?
Why is pink seen as such a feminine colour?
Yup only two of them, definitely only two, despite the conservatives needing the liberal democrats to remain in power. Parties are having to fight an election against rapidly growing smaller parties with expanding support from voters
If you are inclined to vote, and i’d highly recommend it, there are many choices beyond business as usual, with the only actual alternative being the Greens. Universal basic income, £10 per hour minimum wage by 2020 and no more tuition fees to name but a few reasons to vote Green in 2015
I mean yeah UKIP like to pretend to be of the people and they keep banging on about European election success, but lets be honest: winning a majority with a voting turnout of less than 35% just proves that the far right will always come out to vote.
wow……..the fact that most of the youtube folks are sad little geeks who hate women because they can’t get one is showcased here…….I mean how DARE women have an opinion?! It’s not like they are WHITE MEN ™
Who cares if it’s pink? Pink has always been a feminine colour?
Now the stuff about the kitchen table, I understand that but the pink bus? Who cares?
It’s a bit embarrassing for Labour, when they are the progressive party and are normally very feminist.
Please explain the British political systems (parties, dynamics, etc) in one of your episodes this season. It would be interesting, maybe link it in comparison to American politics in some way.
Okay, John Oliver didn’t point out the obvious problem: why the fuck is there a “woman bus” in the first place?! The whole concept is founded on one idea: “Women are not really into politics so we have to try especially hard to get their attention!” It’s as if there was a commercial targeted towards men going: “We know you’re just into sports and drinking that’s why we got something special for you: BOOBS! Vote labour!”
It’s normal that politicians reach out for some group before elections but this has to happen in a respectful way. The colour pink is a stupid cliché just like that line about the kitchen table and the boardroom table. Think about the example for men I gave some seconds ago: yes, most men like sports/drinking/boobs but when a politicians wants to appeal to us, we want someone who takes us seriously and not just reduces us one some primal aspects of our life.
Their right-wing party is called Labour? What kind of bizarro country is that?!
Wow even John Oliver got sucked on by this pointless Tory sideshow that they are using to distract from their terrible policies
Both parties? I know you’ve been gone a while, John, but it’s a three party system over here.
To all the haters crying out reverse discrimination! This is why this is messed up: It’s supposed to be about politics, and yet this is a pink van where women can talk like they are in a kitchen. I bet guys would be equally annoyed about a baby blue van with video games being played on the side. “where men can talk about politics playing video games like they’re at home in the basement, or at their mom’s house, not around a board room table.”
How to damage control; “Yeah, its pink. So what? You dont like pink? I like pink, and its my car.”
Congratulations, problem solved. Denial doesnt work.
This is stupid! Its Pink. Its a color, would they be all over the news if they made a one for men that was blue. NO! Who gives a shit. What color were they suppose to make it? White, Green, Red, Blue and Yellow are out because they are being used by the other parties. This is a pathetic distraction from the real issues conveniently timed to take the heat away from the HSBC scandal with Tory backers and Tax Evasion.
Its a fucking bus! Tories are killing the NHS and fucking over the poor and disabled but this is what we concentrate on?
I think they are confusing woman with bronies and bronies with idiots. 😛
Besides that… the thing is pink… and? Pink is a good colour and I’m pretty sure it was not made pink to say something like “woman ony like pink and pretty stuff” and all that. A bit overreacting in my opinion. That why this woman struggles at the interview, she has to defend something for that there is no real reason to defend.
The pink van is dumb but I don’t see anything wrong with their “reach out to the kitchen table”.
Some women are homemakers. No reason for them to be excluded from politics – they are citizens of the UK regardless of their chosen occupation.
Piss off John Off all the problems in UK politics and you pick up on this.
If that’s his idea for labour, I would love to see his reaction to ukip
What about ukip?
I’m still waiting for your sketch on UKIP. That party is a continuous walking joke. A fascist one.
So what happened to ‘freedom of speech’ that we so valued when Charlie Hebdo attacks happened?
This is gold!
Do an episode on Anita Sarkeesian/ other feminazi propaganda machines!
Maybe in the UK this is patronizing, but in the US, women’s groups often choose the color pink specifically because of its cultural association with femininity. So is this a case of a cultural difference, is it just offensive because Labor isnt an exclusively female party, or is this just finding offense in a political setting where it doesn’t really exist?
Pink is a color typically associated to females, is there anything wrong with that? Seriously, a whole shit-fest over a pink bus?
I like how the comments are full of men wondering how this could possibly be patronizing and some even claiming reverse discrimination. I’ll kindly explain it to you then. Bright pink is associated with small children, it’s a little girl color. We are grown-ass adult women, and they are using the same tactics they use to sell a child a barbie doll to get women to vote for them. THAT’S whats so patronizing about it. It’s not that it’s pink, it’s what the color pink represents; that women essentially have the thinking capacity of small children. (Don’t even get me started on the kitchen remarks…) Would they ever try to get more male constituents to vote for them by sending out a blue van? NO. That would be stupid. For 1, they wouldn’t have to as male constituents are not put in a special category that politicians try to target, they’re just called constituents. For 2, that would be STUPID. Everybody knows a grown man won’t be attracted to a political party because they painted their van the color assigned to young children of their gender. So why would women?
I’m sorry, but if your biggest problem is the color of a fucking VAN, get the fuck over it.
its a bit childish to find pink offensive, no one bitched when they choose the pink ribbon for breast cancer. however everything else does show that they are a terrible party and dont now what they are doing, but for me the colour of the van gets a pass
The Labour Party has abandoned working men & women by refusing to give the people a referendum on EU membership. The EU has killed millions of jobs in Britain with insane regulations from olive oil and vacuum cleaners to fishing and energy. The poor are suffering from skyrocketing energy prices and more costly food. Vote UKIP to regain British independence!
ISIS is beheading people on the daily basis and people are complaining about the color of a fucking van….think about that for a second.
is John Oliver being paid by Tory HQ?
The kitchen table line is used by all politicians when talking about family or being down to earth. Going to a place that everyone was for familiar with and comfortable with until recent years. Now it’s some how a demeaning term for women? Making it to where you can’t talk to women like you talk to men is sexist not fighting for women’s rights.
Well Labour has won my vote.
So is pink a sin now? Pink is traditionally associated with females, instead of rejecting it, why not make it stand for something strong? Its like those Asians who are ashamed of being Asian and want to be White. I can understand them being upset about it being called the “Barbie Bus” though; however, even Barbie was starting to be marketed as a “strong woman” in the companies later years.
And I know a lot of you people don’t want to hear this but traditionally “feminine” roles are very important roles and someone HAS to do them. I’m also really sick of all this scorn on traditional femininity. I’m all for women empowerment but if you like being traditionally feminine than you can still be that way and still be a “strong woman.” Heck, you can be a full time housewife and still be a “strong woman,” I just wouldn’t recommended being entirely financially dependent on someone else.
This is one of the reasons, albeit one of the very minor ones, why feminist movement disgust me.
Fact: It costs twice as much to appeal to female voters as it does to male ones, 100% Ubisoft confirmed.
I genuinely don’t understand why the colour of the van is insulting.
Women of the UK: Vote Labour and pet the “Pretty Princess Pony”.
I will admit that I haven’t been paying that much attention to the piles of election flyers coming in the mail slot. I can’t vote here (at least not yet) so I haven’t sat down to figure out which party speaks to me. I mean obviously I’m never voting Tory because I am not an idiot. But I haven’t really sat down to look at issues yet and see whether it’s Labour or the LibDems I should be paying attention to, or someone else.
I can’t say that this is exactly making me lean towards Labour very much at all…
(And if you’ve noticed my posting pattern today, why yes, yes I am catching up on John Oliver while ill on the couch…and he’s making me feel better so yay for him!)
So the Labour Party is basically the UK version of the Republican Party?
You want to solve the problem, Labour? Repaint the fucking bus. Don’t stand there trying to pettyfog on what specific shade of pink you think it may or may not be, just make it a different colour. Repainting vehicles isn’t difficult, I’m sure you could manage it.
I don’t see why they’re calling it pink. It’s clearly lightish red.
I don’t understand… Why is this an issue, when a huge campaign against women’s breast cancer is fully pink? If they’re trying to push women rights, i dont see the problem with the pink bud… Then again, I’m a guy. Can anyone pitch in?
Veering slightly from this specific issue, I don’t like how being feminine has become offensive. Sure, tons of women don’t like pink but tons do. Unfortunately, if a woman likes pink and likes princess ponies, she’s seen as silly, unintelligent, weak, ext. Traditionally female things have become demonized and women are only seen as intelligent if they act like a man. Instead of making women feel like their traditional culture is silly and traditional male culture is the ideal, both should be embraced. Like whatever you like, the pink van will appeal to some people. They should make ALL their vans pink, heck, make um glitter pink! Maybe that will appeal to the women who like that and also to the men who like that. Politics doesn’t need to be glamorized for some people, but for some it does. It is offensive to say that this would appeal to ALL women, but it is also offensive to say that a pink van is offensive. If it doesn’t appeal to you then you’r not the target audience. It doesn’t make you less politically minded if a pink van does appeal to you.
Worth noting that the Labour MP featured in this video, Gloria DePiero, was one of the few Labour Members who actually won last Thursday. Someone tried to ambush her with 30 year old nude pics and it backfired. In the end, even some Tory MPs were taking her side.
Well, having some sort of special campaign for women voters as if they’re more important than other voters, is ridiculous. Colouring it pink just shows the idiotic tokenism that it’s created as.
So Milliband is a brony. That explains everything.
I think the pony thing would get more votes from 30 year old fedora wearing obese males who live with their parents.
Damn! Now I want a princess pony..
PONIES, laughed so hard
They forgot to put an apron around the grille and clip a diaper bag to the back wiper.
As a Labour party member I found this utterly cringe worthy.
You’re a party of the working class, cut out the awful PR bullshit.
at 3:14 what is the woman trying to do shoo away the pony with her butt?
I think the real problem isn’t the color, but that it is named after a toy for little girls.
I mean… it’s a pink van. I don’t really see the problem, I think it’s a cool color. Maybe they were pandering towards women but there are more important things to worry about than a pink van.
The bit with the ponies was funny as hell though.
It funny how the government looks really uncanny when they trying to appeal to people
Can’t help thinking: Put it this way, what is the color that no one will confuse as speaking to males?
You know, if you showed me that bus and asked me what color it was, I’m 90% sure my first answer would be “magenta,” maybe “pinkish purple” or “reddish purple,” but definitely not “pink.”
John Oliver pioneering micro aggression comedy.
Sorry, I think this one was a bit over the top. Who cares if it was pink? As a woman, I don’t care. Too many more important things to worry about. This is why people don’t take people on the left seriously.
PET THE PRETTY PRINCESS PONY!! Or else we’ll set the Mean Pony on you!!
How can you not vote for a party that has a pony, though.
They could have just owned it. Its Pink not an insult. But barbie bus ? Really?
well feminism is not for smart women never has been sense rockefeller hijacked it in the 1870’s and created prohibition
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: UK Labour Party (HBO)
Why do I feel the need to wanna own that pony.. And I’m a guy. There’s some potential I see in that pony but idk what
That thing has the color of german Telecom, also known as one of the most hated companies in the country, since nothing ever happend on time or the way you wanted it. Great choice!
women take feelings over facts. politicians taking this fact into consideration offends women because women don’t like how that fact makes them feel. the layers of irony is staggering. only thing to do is call in the white knight brigade to validate women’s feelings and vilify the politicians.
Is a pink bus really the biggest problem of women in the UK? ._.
Is it just me or is the thumbnail really weird…
How horrendously sad that women and females in general have been conditioned to hate themselves for ever liking the color pink, or any other traditionally feminine thing like knitting, romance novels and even kitchens. These things are not ALL women are, but they’re not even allowed to feel good or even okay about liking those things, if in fact they actually do like them.
This planet’s been taken over by unnatural miscreants who seem to get off on twisting people into wretchedly incomplete versions of themselves. It’s yet another reason to turn off the modern media and learn to reconnect with all the reasonable natural impulses you actually do have in your heart of hearts.
Hey a giant pile of yarn and romance novels is how I spend my Friday nights.
The labour party are history. They’re finished. and a good thing too.
i mean you gotta hand it to them: ponies are frickin awesome.
But…let’s be real, that’s one pretty ass pony. Soft fur, mmmhm, fat too. You don’t see ponies that pretty erryday, they put in work.
So, basically “Woman, if you want to have a conversation, you best do it from the fucking kitchen” in a British hooligan voice. Genius…if the goal was handing the election back to the other party. xD
I would totally have voted Labour if they used the Pretty Pony Pony Pony advert xD
Serious question, what would a better color have been? I mean Breast Cancer Awareness things are pink (at least here in America), and that’s a pretty serious adult women’s issue. Don’t see any complaints about that. You could literally argue that any color they slapped on that bus would have been a bad choice.
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