Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Опубліковано 21 лют 2021
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The pandemic has thrown into high relief some of the longstanding issues surrounding working conditions in meatpacking facilities. John Oliver explains why greater oversight is needed, and how we can go about getting it.
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  • Ty King

    Ty King

    2 години тому

    never buying or eating Tyson piss-covered chicken again!!!!

  • Lilikoi 808

    Lilikoi 808

    2 години тому

    But what can we do to help? Boycott meat? Write letters? I do appreciate the light shed on this industry bit how to help is also important information. I feel so bad for them!

  • roman cello

    roman cello

    2 години тому

    Thank you for covering this, John

  • Noah Leach

    Noah Leach

    2 години тому

    Started watching, video not available, all hail feee VPN on phone

  • Patricia Shelton

    Patricia Shelton

    2 години тому

    good job man 0:55

  • Jermaine Snyder

    Jermaine Snyder

    2 години тому

    America has not only NOT abolished slavery, it greatly increased!

  • Roland Woltman

    Roland Woltman

    2 години тому

    Anyone else think from the title this was going to be about the spread of STDs within a certain community...?
    Don't be it...
    Ohhhhh, don't be a homophobe... I was speaking about brucellosis... you know, why we pasteurize milk.

  • TheJoyIsMyStrength


    2 години тому

    This makes me sad

  • ViSI


    2 години тому

    Stop consuming their products.

  • george luna

    george luna

    2 години тому

    China owns meat processing plants in America. They run them like their camps. Abuse Latinos to process America meat , to send back to China?

  • Brandon Shaw

    Brandon Shaw

    3 години тому

    simple solution. Stop eating meat.

  • Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner

    Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner

    3 години тому

    PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE INDIA FARMERS PROTEST. The world's largest democracy is being threatened with internet shutdowns, journalists being jailed, unilateral laws that will put the food supply into the hands of a few greedy corporations.
    How much will it cost to eat when there is a monopoly on FOOD?
    This is a global human rights issue. Millions have been protesting for MONTHS. That level of protest does not happen without cause.
    This matters, and the U.S. media is not discussing it at all. These protesters voices are being clamped in their own country. People are being jailed and charged with sedition for posting about it on Twitter, while pro Modi tweets are of course free to fly, giving the rest of the world a very one sided view of things.

  • WTFViewer


    3 години тому

    Having worked for a business that was family-owned, I can say that it's NEVER a good idea to work for a family business. Families tend to let their other family members get away with stuff that would get you fired or jailed anywhere else.

  • Shazzington


    3 години тому

    I'm always a little disappointed in naked statistics like "283 meatpacking workers have died" from Covid. 1000 people are dying of Covid in the US every day from Covid, so how are we supposed to tell if that number is bad or not? Is it particularly high as a proportion of the population, relative to other professions? Give the people what they want, John: in-depth statistical analysis!!

  • Eythor Atli Hrafnkelsson

    Eythor Atli Hrafnkelsson

    3 години тому

    No wonder turkey Mitch Mcconnell was so eager to include stritch limits to companies potential covid-19 liabilities regarding their workers in those rescue deals.
    How any Americans not finding themselves among the elite and owners in society, choose to support the republicans who are so into theese kind of large companies pockets.... beyond me.
    You sure have a great thing going on over there....

  • John


    3 години тому

    Once the laugh track is removed, you see how unfunny he really is.

    • Halcon Serrano

      Halcon Serrano

      2 години тому

      He's funny. Did the piece offend you or something?

  • Wendy Hill

    Wendy Hill

    3 години тому

    You're really beating around the bush here. Just say it. You describe all the symptoms but not the root cause. The problem is Capitalism.

  • slitor


    3 години тому

    10:51 I don't get it...Its Texas, that dosen't seem...thematically correct.

  • Sylvia Abrams-Wolffsohn

    Sylvia Abrams-Wolffsohn

    3 години тому

    key take away: abolish wage slavery and unionize america

  • Td gardner

    Td gardner

    3 години тому

    The plan to have us eating gmo food rather than "organic"...

  • Vivian Lam

    Vivian Lam

    3 години тому

    our queen is back'

  • Eri Arvizu

    Eri Arvizu

    3 години тому

    go vegan

  • Chemist


    3 години тому

    that's crazy.. hard to watch. that bathroom though is hilarious, the color of a chicken breast

  • J C

    J C

    3 години тому

    Yeah. How corporations treat their workers during the pandemic is bad, but I think that the Millennials and Zoomers splashing the term "Boomer Remover" all over social media might actually be worse.
    It's hard to get on board with hating "Big Meat Packing" when our children don't even care if their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles die while attached to a ventilator.

  • ChipsMcClive


    3 години тому

    Oh thank god he didn’t include Adam Driver in the list of things that consider him meat.

  • ittimes


    3 години тому

    summary: a 18 minute one sided video of every possible thing that makes tyson/poultry industry look bad in the last 30+ years, plus a little bit of race.
    next show: why pork/beef industry is bad
    ends with: buy plant based meat, because I have investments, like bill gates does.

  • Calm Journaling

    Calm Journaling

    3 години тому

    God bless you all! Jesus Christ is coming back soon! He died on a cross (and was resurrected on the third day) for you and he loves you so much. He wants you to love him and follow him and spend eternity with him. We have to repent daily. The only way to heaven is through JESUS!😇
    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    1corinthians 6:9-10
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

  • Abhijit Malaker Anindya

    Abhijit Malaker Anindya

    3 години тому

    This is American

  • dike Jones

    dike Jones

    3 години тому

    Crippling arthritis lawsuits are coming to a town near you

  • Mpanga Chanda

    Mpanga Chanda

    3 години тому

    What kinda creeps hit dislike...

  • Justin Stowell

    Justin Stowell

    3 години тому

    good job man 0:55

  • Bader Alaraimi

    Bader Alaraimi

    3 години тому

    Thank God since the epidemic I started to raise chickens and goats in my own farm. And it is so good

  • Lader Brink

    Lader Brink

    3 години тому

    There goes another damn reason to go vegetarian/vegan

  • The Garraad

    The Garraad

    3 години тому

    *Reality Meeting*
    *Meat plants CEOs:* let us replace humans with robotic arms, it is less headache
    *State Goverments:* Wait wait, some problems are okay sometimes, keep the people for tax reasons and less unemployment

  • Nat W.

    Nat W.

    3 години тому

    How can it POSSIBLY be legal to fire someone for going to a doctor/reporting an ingury? There should clearly be better labour laws and these guys obviously need to UNIONIZE

  • M8 N8

    M8 N8

    3 години тому

    Ahahhha... This guy is full of shit... People had some laughs in a bad situation.

  • Ernie


    3 години тому

    John likes Packing Meat.

  • Vik Akam

    Vik Akam

    3 години тому

    This is probably the darkest episode done by Oliver

  • Kipso


    3 години тому

    Imagine how many people are watching this rightnow as we talk.

  • Lukas Stone

    Lukas Stone

    3 години тому

    And remember a lot of politicians push harder and harder for de-regulation.

  • Jerome McCollom

    Jerome McCollom

    3 години тому

    Not all regulations are smart or good, especially if enacted by interests who want to stamp out potential competition through such kinds of regulations, but regulations on industries like this are absolutely necessary. Those who say they want to cut or gut regulations, ask, what kind of regulations do they want to gut and what is their interest in doing so? Then vote against the politicians who want to gut those regulations on workplace safety. Usually that will mean voting Democratic, but maybe always. Dems arent perfect, but better then Republicans on these issues

  • Stephanie G

    Stephanie G

    3 години тому

    before i finish this video vegans have been saying how bad these conditions people are working in are

  • Plants Tho

    Plants Tho

    3 години тому

    Yea, well, my taste pleasure is worth more to me than worker rights and animal welfare. Plants have feelings too, ya know? Customer is always right. I don't believe in science.

  • malenaboy


    3 години тому

    2.9 K people disliking this are soulless.

  • amnesiai


    3 години тому

    dont eat tyson products youll be fine without the shit nuggets and chemical fillled meat

  • Kenneth Bachstein

    Kenneth Bachstein

    3 години тому

    Boycott Tyson!

  • Diana Hartman

    Diana Hartman

    3 години тому

    Honestly, I love meat. Yum, yum, yum. What I love more, however, is workers' rights - all of which are being regularly violated by the meat industry. I don't love meat that much. Fuck the meat industry. I'm now a combative vegetarian.

  • Anthony Porras

    Anthony Porras

    3 години тому

    oh my god how sad...... continues eating chicken nuggies.

  • Rubber duck truck

    Rubber duck truck

    3 години тому

    The jokes don’t hit but the documentary is well done. Thank you oliver

  • Sigan Quenell

    Sigan Quenell

    3 години тому

    Why is everyone in Tyson's little video overweight?

  • Yelyzaveta Zagirova

    Yelyzaveta Zagirova

    3 години тому

    Heck them all! Stop eating animal corpse and none of those problem will exists

  • Tom Sdralis

    Tom Sdralis

    3 години тому

    The icky hole optionally stroke because chain immuhistochemically scribble afore a elite baby. insidious, awesome page

  • Travis Freese

    Travis Freese

    3 години тому

    good job man 0:55

  • Ben Smith

    Ben Smith

    3 години тому

    are we just not gunna talk about the last few months before this man came back

  • ely elena

    ely elena

    3 години тому

    I work in online warehouse, and yea work conditions are also horrible. lol. But at least I have a job, most people are unemployed because of covid. cant wait for covid to pass away so I can find a better job lol.

  • Twanda Chattman

    Twanda Chattman

    3 години тому


  • Gabriel Kovalov

    Gabriel Kovalov

    3 години тому

    what the hell.... family is number one....

  • YeaDatWun YT

    YeaDatWun YT

    3 години тому

    it shouldn't be a fixed value but a percentage of the profit

  • Salmonella Curie

    Salmonella Curie

    3 години тому

    When John talks about COVID cases in those workers, he’s right about them being on the line next to each other but I know plant workers and the real outbreaks come from the overcrowded houses many of the workers live in together. Many of the employees are immigrants living together, so at the end of the day, the packing companies could have all the mitigation efforts possible and still have employee outbreaks because the employees aren’t getting the virus at work, they’re getting it at home

  • Gee Wiz

    Gee Wiz

    3 години тому

    With families like these, who needs enemies?...
    I stopped eating chicken from companies like Tyson since 2009. When I watched Food Inc. 🤢 😢 😣 🐓

  • Unknown Operater

    Unknown Operater

    3 години тому

    Tom I love how you expose these corpo fucks

  • Marco Aurélio Nascimento

    Marco Aurélio Nascimento

    3 години тому

    It's bizarre how these state-level regulations slow down any real chance of progress. There should be a federal law protecting workers that every state must abide by, and public universal healthcare of course.

  • Andrew Zeitler

    Andrew Zeitler

    3 години тому

    The left paste subsequently phone because engineering specially consider about a third refund. inquisitive, gaudy kilometer

  • Magdalena M.

    Magdalena M.

    3 години тому

    I currently work at a grocery store. No one is required to do temperature checks, no one does them and they are not enforced. They never were enforced anytime during this pandemic. The break room is regularly filled with people who aren't wearing masks and the management doesn't care about the break room being over capacity (not to mention that the break room regularly doesn't have water for employees when they need a break). Things like this make my blood boil.

  • Mike Hoon

    Mike Hoon

    3 години тому

    John. John John John... John...
    I must speak to you like a child, because mentally you are thinking like one.
    Do us all a favor, fire your writers, and just... think for once before you actually open your mouth.
    It's what your father taught you. But because he is not here, and your an American now, lets go over what would have happened in your utopia.
    In every relationship there are multiple sides... not just one. In this case, the customers, the people.
    You present a picture here of the companies that they are heartless... and it's of course easy to do! as you have shown.
    But lets turn the other cheek and just LOOK, look at it for a moment. What would have happened...
    Lets assume, these companies decided instead to furlough workers, cut production, and slow lines down to socially distance.
    you're probably then cutting production capacity down by AT LEAST 1/4th. most likely 1/8th of what it was doing.
    Now... that means each plant produces oh, lets go worst case. 1/8th of what it was doing... what that would mean would be...
    you'd have meat supplies for the country dropping to less than 20% before the pandemic, you'd have a food shortage,
    Compound this, meat packing has this problem! but so does crops in general, and anything to do with manufacturing goods from crops! like corn, beans, legumes, greens, ect... all have very similar issues to what you just said!
    so lets slow them down to, oh, only by 1/4th of their current speed! lets do that to protect the workers!
    Which would lead to shortages at factories, which would lead to shortages of literally every food product in every city.
    There would be a run on the markets, meat, any type of meat would be out of stock, any type of food would become astronomically expensive, as production ground to a near halt
    Prices would skyrocket, there would be a run on any sort of preserved foods before those ran out (cans, frozen, ect), as the prices on those went up, food banks would empty, people would begin to starve.
    Any regulation would just make it worse by the way... it always does, fixing price but limiting supply is part of what caused every socialist society to collapse.
    Oh and it just THEN gets worse. The hogs/chickens/steer still NEED to go to market. The fruits and veggies must be picked, packed and sent on...
    You cant turn off the fact these are animals growing... just like you couldn't turn off the fact that crops grow.
    When you remove the ability to process, now you're left with an overabundance of supply to process. Anyone not locked into a contract is trying to offload everything they can... so the price DROPS. on every sort of supply, everything. Farms go bankrupt as they are unable to pay their bills... Then nothing gets grown as its in the courts.
    Worst of all, those things not being able to be sold off will have to be put down, so we would be seeing piles of cows put down in fields, then set ablaze, along with crops that can go unused... healthy crops, food ready to be eaten would be destroyed because there was no place to put it, transport it, or process it. It wont happen.
    Which will then be filmed and sent to cities, to where the people are starving because they cant get food, because the system breaks down.
    So. In your utopia, we would have, massive starvation, riots in the streets, law and order completely breaking down, our country at least entering a great depression if not causing a global depression, massive hyperinflation to destabilize the currency, potentially even breaking down the social fabric as people use any means necessary to secure food for their families, and, if we're lucky, a death toll only in the tens of millions by the end of it... with the world forever changed and never the same.

    Now you may call me ridiculous that the government would not let it get to that point. You're right. They wouldn't, and most likely would nationalize the entire industry temporarily under something like the war powers act to force production to continue. Though this arguably would reduce output, and create long term problems for the entire country, most likely extending or worsening our current economic situation.

    But fortunately, we didn't have to go that far, we didn't have to get the government involved at all. Thanks to the brave men and women, those who were willing to work, and keep food on the tables, we were able to get through the worst part of this nightmare without a world shattering event. By them showing up to work everyday and working hard, in those conditions, and yes some died of it, they made all our lives better. Those individuals are heroes and need to be thought of as such. Their sacrifices must not be in vein, and we as a society need to come together after the pandemic to thank them all and think how we can repay them for their sacrifice.
    So now, as your substitute father figure you obviously didn't have as a child, I'll tell you this. John, you're a moron. Now do us all a favor, sit down, shut the hell up about things you know nothing about.

  • ACD D

    ACD D

    3 години тому

    imagine this is America, and how much worse would meatpacking facilities would be in developing countries i.e. China...!

  • Moder_Nord


    3 години тому

    So glad I’m vegan... Best thing I ever did..

  • petmom ful

    petmom ful

    3 години тому

    Now I am even happier that I do not eat meat or animal products.

  • Daniel D

    Daniel D

    3 години тому

    A fraction of a f**k given... This are the people feeding america, they deserve better.

  • Mari Puranen

    Mari Puranen

    3 години тому

    Please boicot these companies! You don't need to eat that shit! 🤢

  • George Hayum

    George Hayum

    3 години тому


  • stoop911


    3 години тому

    The infamous bassoon immunochemically boil because glove initially wink vice a gainful cream. sleepy, laughable morocco

  • Jonathan Fauerbach

    Jonathan Fauerbach

    3 години тому

    Love to have you back Oliver!

  • Hot Mess

    Hot Mess

    3 години тому

    The only solution other than not eating meat is cannibalism

  • bigwheelsturning


    3 години тому

    Maybe time to go vegan.

  • Caden Bracken-Sorte

    Caden Bracken-Sorte

    3 години тому

    post note: some attention brought to sanitization workers would be nice

  • codabay


    3 години тому

    I've worked for Butterball and Tyson for a total of just about 4 years, never going back to that kind of labor again. Glad to see this kind of video giving attention to this!

  • pdxtim97209


    3 години тому

    I'm thinking about being a vegetarian. I think I can do it. This video is great motivation.

    • DiahRhiaJones


      2 години тому

      I assume you're thinking about that because of ethical reasons? Vegetarianism isn't an ethical stance, its a diet that includes the same products from the same industries. Veganism is the ethical stance which cuts ALL OF IT out whether its a slab of rotting cow flesh, or secretions mixed into cosmetics.

  • nicholas.m.tucker


    3 години тому


  • Peter Hine

    Peter Hine

    3 години тому

    A very good piece, John. I think it hasn't changed much since Upton Sinclair wrote his book, 'The Jungle,' in 1906. Managements complete criminal disregard can be seen by a fire at a chicken factory. The Hamlet chicken processing plant fire was an industrial fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, at the Imperial Foods processing plant on September 3, 1991, resulting from a failure in a hydraulic line. 25 workers were killed and 55 injured in the fire, trapped behind locked fire doors.
    We need strong unions to fight for workers rights and safe work places. And it's not just the food industry.

  • Michael Weiss

    Michael Weiss

    3 години тому

    Who won the betting pool at Tyson?

  • Jorge Padilla

    Jorge Padilla

    3 години тому

    Wild capitalism, what do you spect?

  • bored piggy sadie

    bored piggy sadie

    3 години тому

    No wonder so many people are dead.

  • Aaron Crowder

    Aaron Crowder

    3 години тому

    How dare you refer to Judi Dench without her title as Dame!

  • trefader32


    3 години тому

    I'll always appreciate Last Week Tonight's main segments because it so important for us in a democratic self-governing society to learn about the unseen corners that are failing.
    What I have a problem with is all the Americans who don't vote, dont understand how USG functions, and dont understand whos largely responsible(Republicans) for our inability to build a more perfect union. The ignorance of these Americans, who know nothing about the rest of the world, have driven themselves deep into a self-hating/"America is the worst" online echo chambers; exacerbated by foreign disinformation campaigns.
    The fact is if you look around the world, very few countries are doing better than America.
    UK: Yes, they have NHS and we should have something similar. But Brexit is partially similar to Trump's "Build The Wall". Their treatment of Albanian immigrant workers is no better than the way we treat our South America neighbors.
    China: The great Communist Utopia for online leftists. Why do you think everything is made in China? Its because there is no labor protections, no minimum wage enforcement, worse factory working conditions. Good healthcare is expensive. Cheap healthcare is a scam. AND under the CCP no Chinese citizen is ever allowed to organize a movement to make these things better.
    Its to time be honest about whats good about America and what needs serious work/activism. Stop lying or fooling yourself about how everyone is better than us, because its just not true.

  • A Little Of Everything

    A Little Of Everything

    3 години тому

    Who remembers when John Oliver was funny?

    • Don'tSpikeMyDrink


      3 години тому

      i do, happened this episode, you going ok?

  • E K Daufin

    E K Daufin

    3 години тому

    That “family” sounds like places I’ve worked for talking about their teachers who they treated like poo. 🤦🏾‍♀️

  • Skyler Everest

    Skyler Everest

    3 години тому

    I'm so happy this is back

  • Bladeofwar94


    3 години тому

    2:00 I love when businesses call their employees family. Turns out some families are abusive....

  • [Sail Hatin] -Soap

    [Sail Hatin] -Soap

    3 години тому

    Capitalism kills.

  • ftjipee


    3 години тому

  • Shreyas Bharadwaj

    Shreyas Bharadwaj

    3 години тому

    Go Vegan!

  • BSFencer


    3 години тому

    Pretty bold move to treat people this way while knowing just how fast and skilled they can be with a knife.

  • k bee

    k bee

    3 години тому

    Covid Kim Reynolds, Iowa's Governor first political contributor is pork processing. She didn't even bother to count the Tyson factory cases in our state Covid numbers in public health. In fact, recently she auctioned off an afternoon with herself for money and the pork processing guy bought it. Disgusting.

  • steve big

    steve big

    3 години тому

    That nurse needs to be reported to the board. That's unacceptable. I worked as an EMT on standbys for sports and if I even had a slight suspicion of injury I would either call an ambulance or refer them for further aid. Unacceptable.

  • Rd


    3 години тому

    I was told by my a past employer once _"If OSHA ever shows up here at work, everyone put down your tools and go to lunch"_

  • Zanarkand


    3 години тому

    John always brings to light what most folks may not even be aware of but then it's up to us all to make the change. Not just watch this video "feel bad" then go about our day like nothing mattered.

  • Aamir Rassiwala

    Aamir Rassiwala

    3 години тому

    Glad to see not much has changed since the Jungle

  • TheVryfst


    3 години тому

    Abusive family

  • Adam G

    Adam G

    3 години тому

    The world's fucking doomed and America is leading the charge. They not only commit human rights abuses on par with the worst but they genuinely fight for those abuses, pretend they're not abusing and manage to convince millions of other Americans that deregulation is a good thing and has them fight for the rights of abusive multi-national businesses. Unbelievable, honestly. Yeah, Tyson and Purdue definitely deserve less regulation, gotta save those jobs. Lol I don't get it, don't get that excuse. Is a horrible, mistreating job really worth saving, and is it not better to have that job be better with regulation? How many, how many times will we have to see what these huge companies do without regulation?