John Oliver Asks: How Is Columbus Day Still a Thing?

Oct 13, 2014

It's entirely possible that you forgot — or that your city celebrates Indigenous People's Day instead — but today is Columbus Day. This got the writers at John Oliver's HBO show Last Week Tonight asking themselves a question: Why is this holiday still a thing?

The segment makes a pretty solid case against this national holiday — and then offers some ideas for other Italian people we could honor instead. Frank Sinatra? Mario Batali? Al Pacino? None of them killed any indigenous people. That we know of.

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