Tuesday, September 15, 2015
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight on M-Net forced to shut down his fake church after viewers send him their 'seed' in the mail.
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on M-Net (DStv 101) has been forced to shut down his fake church after viewers started sending him their "seed" - sperm - in the mail.
A few weeks ago the satirist created his on-air fake church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, to expose how some televangelists are duping people asking that they first send money, or "seed" before they can receive divine healing, and then incessant requests for more.
The hilarious 20-minute skit, complete with back-up church choir done in classic televangelist television presentation style, also highlighted how American tax law and the IRS are incapable of monitoring churches and the "seed" they're receiving.
Viewers responded by sending their "seed" - but while thousands of dollars started flowing in, Last Week Tonight producers also started receiving seed of another kind in the mail: men's sperm.
The show is now shutting down Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption - although it was registered as a legitimate church with the IRS unable to do anything about it - after viewers sent the show jars and vials of semen.
The "church's" website at ourladyofperpetualexemption.com now carries a "farewell note".
John Oliver says "when someone sends you jizz through the mail, it's time to stop whatever you're doing".
"We have still, miraculously, not broken any laws by promising you untold riches in return for sending us money. We're also not closing down because you all kept sending us actual seeds, even though we explicitly told you not to."
"We're closing because multiple people sent us sperm through the mail."
John Oliver says all previous monetary donations have been forwarded to Doctors Without Borders. "We did not send the sperm".