Courtesy of Mashable:
Craig Watts has spent the better part of three decades trying to bring attention to the inequities between major agricultural companies and farmers like himself.
It's a battle that suddenly changed a few months ago.
"If you've got a problem and you want it fixed, call John Oliver," he said. "That's my theory now."
Watts was featured in a segment in May on Oliver's HBO show, "Last Week Tonight," that illustrated how the companies most associated with chicken in the U.S. take advantage of farmers. Since then, things haven't been quite the same.
"In 18 minutes, he did what we've been trying for 30 years to do and that is just reach a general, broader audience. The story that he told, I cannot tell you how hard that is to tell to someone that is not really familiar with it."
In about two years, Oliver has gone from Daily Show correspondent to the conscience of America, instigating on behalf of people in the trenches that are fighting the good fight. His show has touched on a wide variety of issues, from relatively well-known topics like LGBT discrimination and the U.S. government's use of torture to more arcane topics like TV televangelists and and food waste.
His segments carry weight, often going on for more than 15 minutes and pulling no punches in expletive-laden rants. And when he talks, people don't just listen. They spread the message far and wide.
"It has a huge effect," said Edwina Rogers, CEO of the Center for Prison Reform. "Now every social justice cause has hopes of getting covered in his show."
You know I have to admit that I was underwhelmed when Oliver took over for John Stewart while he was directing the movie "Rosewater" but clearly I was not seeing the genius that lurked behind those black rimmed glasses and disarming British accent.
"Last Week" is the show that Oliver was born to host, and what he has done with his half hour each Sunday evening is nothing short of amazing.