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2020-10-12 21:58:14 UTC
The town of Danbury, Conn. is officially naming a sewage plant after
comedian John Oliver following weeks of lighthearted jabs.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton confirmed the news Friday on Twitter that the
citys new $110 million sewer plant will officially be named the John
Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. Per his promise, the citys decision to
actually go through with the naming means that the Last Week Tonight
host will pay $55,000 in donations to local charities including the
Connecticut Food Bank, Donors Choose and ALC Connecticut. In addition, he
had HBO pay to build a sign for the outside of the plant with Oliver's
name on it.
Yup.. It's official the Danbury Sewer Plant is now the John Oliver
Memorial Sewer Plant. - You're move John. Bam! the mayor tweeted
The City Council voted 18-1 Thursday night to rename the sewage plant
after the comedian, who began a tongue-in-cheek battle with Danbury when
he went on an expletive-filled rant against the city during one of his
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Boughton didnt waste any time responding on social media. He posted a
video of himself at the sewage plant saying the city was going to name it
Why? the Republican mayor asked. Because its full of crap just like
However, Boughton later admitted he was just joking and that he didnt
spend taxpayer money to actually rename the plant after Oliver just
because of some light jabs on TV. However, when Oliver heard of the
mayors response as well as that of a handful of creative people who call
Danbury home, he jokingly doubled down on his comments about the city and
genuinely called for them to rename the plant after him, offering the
charitable donations as a reward if it did.
I didnt know that I wanted my name on your (expletive) factory but now
that you floated it as an option, it is all that I want, Oliver said.
Boughton said Friday that the feud has been a good distraction from the
coronavirus and other troubles of the times. He also said Olivers
promised donations have helped spur local fundraising efforts for area
food banks that could end up collecting a few hundred thousand dollars to
feed needy families.
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The mayor added he will be offering tours of the sewer plant for $500
donations to local food pantries.
I think its been a home run. Its been a lot of fun, Boughton told The
Associated Press of the spat. If I can put food on peoples table for
Thanksgiving by naming a sewer plant after a very popular comedian, well
do it all day long.
Its still not clear why Oliver singled out Danbury for a tongue-lashing.
He first brought up the city during an August segment on racial
disparities in the jury selection process, citing problems in a few
Connecticut towns from decades ago. He noted Danburys charming railway
museum and its historic Hearthstone Castle.
I know exactly three things about Danbury, he said. USA Today ranked it
the second-best city to live in in 2015, it was once the center of the
American hat industry and if youre from there, you have a standing invite
to come get a thrashing from John Oliver children included f--- you,
the comedian said at the time.
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So far, Oliver has yet to respond to the citys decision. However, part of
the mayor's response included a stipulation that Oliver come to the city
to personally attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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