Connecticut city OKs renaming sewage plant for John Oliver
It is official. Every time Danbury, Connecticut residents blush, they send their special supplies to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant.
The city council voted 18-1 on Thursday night to rename the sewage treatment plant after the comedian who started a battle against the city with Danbury when he made an explosive swearword against the city on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" in August .
Mayor Mark Boughton wasted no time replying on social media. He posted a video of himself at the wastewater treatment plant saying the town would name it after Oliver.
"Why?" asked the Republican mayor. "Because it sucks as much as you do, John."
That drew a pleased reaction from Oliver, but he went on town again because Boughton later said he was kidding.
Oliver raised the stakes on his August 30 show by offering to donate $ 55,000 to local charities in case Danbury actually renamed the facility.
"I didn't know I wanted my name in your (expletive) factory, but now that you've put it out as an option, it's all I want," said Oliver.
Boughton said Friday that the feud was a good distraction from the coronavirus and other problems of the time. He also said Oliver's pledged donations helped fuel local fundraisers for food banks in the area, which could end up raising a few hundred thousand dollars to feed families in need.
The mayor added that he would offer tours of the sewage plant for $ 500 donation to local food pantries.
"I think it was a home run. It was a lot of fun," Boughton said of the spit. "If I can put food on people's table for Thanksgiving by naming a sewage treatment plant after a very popular comedian, we will that all day. "
Oliver has offered to provide the new sign for the plant that includes his name and participate in the ribbon cutting, Boughton said. A timeline has not yet been completed.
Representatives from Oliver and HBO had no immediate comment on Friday.
It's still not clear why Oliver chose Danbury for a tongue flip. He first addressed the city during an August section on racial differences in jury selection and cited issues in some Connecticut cities decades ago. He noticed Danbury's "charming railroad museum" and his "historic Hearthstone Castle".
"I know exactly three things about Danbury," he said. “USA Today ranked it the second best city of 2015. It was once the center of the American hat industry. When you get from there you have a constant invitation to let John Oliver beat you up - kids included - (expletively) you. "
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