HBO's John Oliver Excoriates Fashion Brands' Race to the Bottom

April, 30 2015 Share

“It’s not an accident the third time, boys.
It’s a pattern of reckless behavior which has to be addressed!”

- John Oliver, “Last Week Tonight,” HBO, April 26, 2015



On Sunday, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver hit all the low points of Fast Fashion and its long history of sweatshop abuses in the global economy, including:


  • 1995: Abusive factories producing for Gap in El Salvador.
  • 1996: Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart, made by children in Honduras who earned just pennies an hour.
  • 2013: Shoddy work and criminal negligence at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh led to the death of over 1,138 workers, most of them young women, in the worst garment industry disaster in history.
  • And, Bangladeshi child workers, still forced to toil grueling hours, while being paid 30 cents an hour.

Watch and share HBO “Last Week Tonight” April 26 segment on global sweatshops—which has over 1.8 million views to date and is a great primer on the reckless behavior of U.S. and European clothing brands as they pursue the race to the bottom in the global economy.