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John Oliver Urges People to Take 30 Seconds to Selfishly Complain About the Coronavirus

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by Eben Diskin Mar 16, 2020

It’s a sensitive time around the world right now. As a pandemic grips nearly every nation, and our daily lives are being altered for the foreseeable future, it’s easy to feel frustrated, angry, and in desperate need of some cathartic venting. However, with thousands who died from the virus and thousands more infected, it can seem inappropriate to complain about your canceled St. Patrick’s Day party, or your favorite restaurant temporarily closing. John Oliver, however, is encouraging you to do just that: Complain.

On his most recent episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver urges viewers to give themselves 30 seconds to selfishly complain about how the coronavirus has ruined their lives.

“I know this disruption to your life is annoying,” he said, “and it’s okay to be disappointed or even irritated. Because you can’t go out, your favorite events were postponed, or a trip you planned fell through,” Oliver explained. “But you’ve got to get that out of your system. Let’s put 30 seconds on the clock right now, during which everyone can be selfishly angry about things that didn’t want canceled or postponed.”

A little complaining can be cathartic. Once you’re done, suck it up and deal with it.

“Take care of yourself,” he went on to say, “take care of each other, and we will be back in some form sometime in the future. We also have a real responsibility to one another right now, because the choices we make in the coming days and weeks will conjugate directly to how bad this crisis gets.”

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