John Oliver has slammed Disney-owned Hotstar for censoring his show, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”, in India claiming the local streaming service had edited three of his episodes in recent months.
John Oliver’s recent episode of “Last Week Tonight”, criticised the Indian government’s recent policies and its president, Narendra Modi, and it never aired on Hotstar, which is the exclusive syndicating partner for most of HBO’s content in India.
The host also referenced an episode of the show from late last year where he had mocked Disney, a segment he said was cleverly edited before streaming in India. Another instance in a segment which focused on China’s one-child policy in which he joked about Donald Duck’s penis.
“They cut out a joke about Mickey Mouse being a cocaine addict. Why would they do that? It’s hard to say. But it might be because Hotstar is owned by Disney and they seem extra sensitive to Disney references,” said John Oliver.
After the 2019 deal with Fox, Disney mounted as the owners of Star India, and all its properties, including Hotstar.
John Oliver, however, ended the segment with a bombshell: “If you think that you have to remove anything that reflects poorly on Disney from this show, I have some bad news for you, my friends. I am fucking Zazu right here. Everything that comes out of this beak is a ‘Disney Fact’,” he said.
“If I say that Cogsworth collects Nazi memorabilia, guess what? That’s canon, baby. That’s a ‘Disney fucking Fact’ right there. And for the foreseeable future, Hotstar, you can look forward to learning a lot more of them on this show because we’re going to be sliding them into our stories like Chip and Dale slid into Richard Gere. That’s right — ‘Disney Fact,’ motherfuckers.”
Just know that this episode will never air unedited on Hotstar tomorrow, however, Hotstar publishes “Last Week Tonight’s” new episodes every Tuesday morning.
It’s also apparent that Disney+ can’t contend their joy over this as it will bring them heavy promotion, remember they just launched in India, through Hotstar, later this month.