British late show host John Oliver has skewered Senator Fraser Anning following his controversial response to the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Oliver, who often targets Australian politicians with his cutting brand of humour, used the opening segment of his US late night show "Last Week Tonight" to slam the senator over his comments following the massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers.
Anning caused international outrage by claiming "the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place… Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators.”
“Look, this wasn’t just a disgusting act from a f****** ****hole, it was a total affront to the basic values of the people of New Zealand,” Oliver said.
After praising the Kiwis’ response to the tragedy, he added: “My point is, New Zealand is amazing, and it is showing its strength in how it’s been responding to this tragedy. The same, sadly, cannot be said for Australia’s Fraser Anning, a hard-line racist politician and melted candle of Ed Harris”.
Oliver went on to defend Will Connolly, the teenager who cracked an egg on the Senator’s head as a form of political protest during a far-right rally in Melbourne.
He pointed out "Eggboy" had the last laugh by becoming an internet sensation. More than $25,000 has been donated on Go Fund Me pages in the wake of the controversy.
“The real cause of Fraser Anning getting hit with an egg is Fraser Anning saying things that prompt people to throw eggs at him,” Oliver said, mimicking Mr Anning’s original statement.
“He may be the victim today, but usually he’s a huge f---ing ---hole.”