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Sewage Plant Named After HBO Host 'Because It's Full of Crap'

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton wasn't exactly complimenting John Oliver
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2020 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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, the AP reports. 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. Oliver noted Danbury's "charming railway museum" and "historic Hearthstone Castle."

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He added that "I know exactly three things about Danbury. 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 clear what prompted Oliver to go off on Danbury. 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. "And, oh by the way, thanks for showing that Amazon video," Boughton says to Oliver. "We did get Amazon here in Danbury."

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