One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.
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  1. elivevile


    9 órája

    Given that they don't care at all about violating human rights in order to make national policies, if they're worried about having too many old people, they could just mandate them to suicide or get killed. "Give your life for the good of the country!"

  2. Dheeraj P B

    Dheeraj P B

    9 órája

    As an Indian it feels good to know that their people aren't happy and the pressure cooker will explode one day... 🙂



    12 órája

    I just move dam

  4. CX Tian

    CX Tian

    13 órája

    It pains me to watch this one.

  5. Johnny BeGood

    Johnny BeGood

    15 órája

    34 million is just little over than 2% of the whole population of China. So it basically means there's approximately 49% of women and 51% of man. You could hardly say there are "far more men than women".

  6. Tua Neh Ji

    Tua Neh Ji

    18 órája

    Need to clarify John Oliver's reason for Chinese's intention about having boys. They want it because boys carry on the surname (last name/family name) of the family so the family pin their hopes on the guy getting married and carrying on the family legacy. But now with a lack of women, it seems counter productive to have a boy in the first place.

  7. Times of BE

    Times of BE

    20 órája

    I missed the point what is Oliver's beef : he is upset with china ending of one child policy or happy they did it?

  8. Big Smoke

    Big Smoke

    20 órája

    14:56 damn I wish I could attend that class

  9. Aleksandar


    21 órája

    Yeah, population growing out of control is real. I hate communism but you must put some kind of limit on the number of children someone can have. We have it right here in the West, just let people pay for their own damn children and see how those abortions go up real fast! Planned parenthood is what distinguishes us from animals and 1.4 billion Chinese is about enough for that region and the world, thank you very much :)

  10. Eric Sun

    Eric Sun

    21 órája

    Making fun of a nation without knowing or studying its history won't make you noble, but do make you famous, which however is cheap, I am afraid. 540M population was doubled in 30 years after CCP established the new country and implemented encourage-birth policy, because of too many people died in wars (For the soul lost in wars which your nation was part of, is it funny?). And this finally led to the birth control policy in 1980. This is NOT about CCP override human rights, but about people exploring all ways of how to develop this country in most healthy and efficient ways. From a political perspective, nothing is absolutely right or wrong, but I see with my own eyes that Chinese are growing and getting away from poverty with our amazing and world-shocking speed. What are you doing now?

  11. Gianna Di Biase Castro

    Gianna Di Biase Castro

    22 órája

    The 4.3 dislikes are from guys happily married with their full size doll, and the other . 1 is from those that wish Donald duck looked like that, because 2019 is a sick age...

  12. Alfnir Bjornson

    Alfnir Bjornson

    23 órája

    China is the biggest shithole you could ever live. Your life is controlled by the government and is worth less than nothing. You can find thousands of videos of people dying in the middle of the streets and no one calls the police, no one cleans them up.

  13. TheJaybrone


    23 órája

    China topped off their celebrations by getting blown by. The nba and it’s biggest stars.

  14. Theodore Shuai

    Theodore Shuai

    23 órája

    计划生育政策该骂,没什么好洗白的。 哪怕你控制「只生两个」也好啊,虽然本质上还是错的,但对如今的老龄化问题来说都是一种极大的缓解。

  15. Jeff Bell

    Jeff Bell

    23 órája

    looks like the men's grill at the country club.

  16. toplobster


    23 órája

    History is memes now - I would read that

  17. Albi



    I guess china is the only race going to survive this planet. Calling children meatballs is very OK so they put some effort to lose weight not stay in the internet all day doing nothing. China has figured it out

  18. Anna Doboczky

    Anna Doboczky


    It's a shame Last Week Tonight's writers weren't objective enough to mention WHY China implemented that policy or how much worse China's citizen would have been off if they hadnt...

  19. Thomas Müthing

    Thomas Müthing


    China ist the least democratic nation in the world. Outside of the US, of course.

  20. yourstruly467358 673

    yourstruly467358 673


    Communism doesn't work. Creates oppression and repression. Usually overthrown by a revolution.

  21. Holden McGroin

    Holden McGroin


    Free Catalonia! HK people stand with Catalonia freedom! Please report on this event!

  22. Real World Endo

    Real World Endo


    John, apparently, has no idea how over-population and its consequences work. He's sitting in his cushy studio and thinks food, health services, jobs, and social support mechanisms grow on trees. A two child policy makes sense everywhere in the world. There should be increasing taxes for additional children. All environmental, energy, and employment problems are solved if we control population grown and go down to a reasonable number that can be supported by earth. There's no logical reason to aimlessly fill the earth with humans. We need to aim to improve the quality of life for humans on this earth rather than aim to increase the quantity of people in it. As usual, John is not addressing the main issue here.

  23. Bt Tan

    Bt Tan


    Must also think of the consequences if there was no one child policy.Population 2 billion,two female to every male?. Also,what is wrong with improving the economy so people can have a better life to remain in power?. Isn't thst what every govt does?.Either by promising the people a better economy and better life to get into power,or once in power remind the people how much they have done for them to get re-elected. Isn't satisfying the people,winning the people over,the only way to get into power and remain in power?.

  24. Nein01



    China has over 1.4 billion people. If there are 34 million more men than women, that's only about 2% of the population. Why is this clown acting like there are no women in China? I bet there are more losers buying sex dolls in the US than there are in China. I mean, just look at 4chan..

  25. Bob Tipping

    Bob Tipping


    Oh God I made the stupidest seal sounds at the Australian flag bit

  26. V-Tape Terrorist

    V-Tape Terrorist


    people watch this and think its funny? fuck merican crotch goblins lol

  27. Chris William

    Chris William


    That's when button and people's business began UI you want to protect all the children understood but you split the Natural law of motion and by doing so you leave others in shambles

  28. Ben Hackl

    Ben Hackl


    Lesson to learn here: one should be really careful about unintended consequences when trying to engineer society and bend the reality to some ideologically desired outcome.

  29. cyrus gikonyo

    cyrus gikonyo


    How is China your business???? In your country men like to have anal sex with other men and China doesn't complain about it.

  30. Billy Siravo

    Billy Siravo


    I wonder what would happen if I told China's president to get fucked to his face?

  31. Vaibhav S

    Vaibhav S


    How come John Oliver hasn't apologised to china yet?

  32. 2mitts Photog

    2mitts Photog


    They will most likely start a eugenics program to deal with their older population. Sucks, but they're lack of care for life seems unlimited.

  33. Ben Sparks

    Ben Sparks


    this whole episode was clearly an excuse to write 70 in sex dolls

  34. Eric Hulett

    Eric Hulett


    I love how the connection put forth was that the problem was that this was men doing this to women not a totalitarian dictatorial communist government doing this to all their people

  35. Kelly And Sam Seed

    Kelly And Sam Seed


    fuck off, John.

  36. Mikke K

    Mikke K


    I support China to adopt a no-child policy.

  37. steve lane

    steve lane


    Still have too many people all over the world.

  38. satyakrishna



    You can criticize the policy all you want, but it was necessary for China at the time. Only downside I see is the gender selection. If that wasn’t allowed, it would have been perfect. China is seeing the benefits of that policy now, and in my opinion, they should have continued it for 100 more years. Quality of life does matter and it goes down with quantity, it is the rule of thumb in any given situation. India also badly needs this policy.

  39. nowimdone19



    That creepy child must have told Lebron to not speak against China

  40. Zhengyun Lu

    Zhengyun Lu


    Chinese government doesn't want low educated populations to have more children, thats the purpose behind the new policy.

  41. Tensai55



    9:09 You know what? I agree with John's female writers. I'm not going to say which isn't real either. Edit: I'll help a little. John is wrong. Diva Cups are very much real.

  42. Adam K.

    Adam K.


    Think about it. The US has basically a no-child policy for poor people. Everyone is fined at the hospital. I mean, no forced sterilizations or abortions (that we know of) but it's definitely a deterrent to having children. Hmmm...

  43. Jiezhang Jzmobee

    Jiezhang Jzmobee


    Before the "one child policy" there was actually a “Russian Mother policy” at the beginning of the 50's when China and Russia were still allies. The government wanted all Chinese parents to follow the footsteps of the Russian Mothers that have 7-8 children on average. Mostly because the governement was gearing up for another foreign invasion, which never came. That was the reason for why the population got out of control in the first place.

  44. chewface



    Women have always had more value than men. Men have to fight for their affection. Men have to proposition her. Impress her. Support her. Just by showing up for the date, she has done everything she needs to do. As if Westernized women weren't privileged enough....can you even begin to imagine how much value Chinese women have??? Good lord. The average American woman has like 5 orbiters at any given time. Chinese women probably have 100 orbiters. The thirst is real. Tragic.

  45. Fireniner3



    Not a huge fan of yours, but great content in this video. Thank you for that perspective that so many big tech companies forget

  46. sarahfaith00



    hahahah Diva cup is real and it's awesome!

  47. Eric von Wald

    Eric von Wald


    Now Johnny "kill joy" Oliver is gonna get banned from China.

  48. VoidSurfer9



    LeBron James does not approve of this message

  49. Benn Ray Czar

    Benn Ray Czar


    This is just too sad and hillarious at the same time

  50. Jesse Teixeira

    Jesse Teixeira


    This is what happens when you treat people as things. This is why abortion should be legal and the death penalty banned, EVERYWHERE. This is why no government should be allowed to engage in population control. No oversight body can be trusted with the power of life OR death. Those are zero-sum outcomes, and if the regulation is abused, it can have irreversible repercussions.

  51. Elle Longacre

    Elle Longacre


    Encourage women to have more than one husband?

  52. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom


    Are Chinese taking over Rap as well???

  53. Ramiro Del Bosque

    Ramiro Del Bosque


    We need to evolve past such a primitive instinct to find a mate and procreate as if that defines us as humans. Perhaps at some point yes our survival depended on bearing numerous children and forming a family to increase survival but nowadays none of that is necessary to survive. I say yes to population control. All over the word including the USA we see examples of how passive family planning just does not work.

  54. Kris Jones

    Kris Jones


    AhhhahAhAhHa 😂😂😂 John's closing argument was the equivalent of 2 middle fingers in the air, a big FUCK U in the most professional & mature, PC display evr lmfao

  55. tianli krehle

    tianli krehle


    You have no idea about China!

  56. Zormac



    Did he change his joke writing team? The quality seems to be declining a bit.

  57. Peter Wyetzner

    Peter Wyetzner


    Man, did I not need to see that picture of Donald Duck...

  58. Tyler Totten

    Tyler Totten


    And in addition to all that, as he mentioned the one-child policy implementation was done at the regional/local level. Even with the 2016 rollback at the national level, some of the restrictions and other discouragements against more than one child remain in place even now, regardless of the legality. It's not so simple to change a 40 year old policy of this scope.

  59. Daniel Embree

    Daniel Embree


    Latin America needs that.

  60. iced coffee

    iced coffee


    china ended its 1 child policy the same year America legalized gay marriage lol