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John Oliver Has Mercilessly Mocked Labour's Pink Minibus For Women

Labour launched their women's campaign in Stevenage using a pink van. America has noticed. And laughed.

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John Oliver, the British-born former Daily Show star has tried to explain Labour's pink van for women to an American audience. He struggled.

The comedian used Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on HBO to explain why Labour chose to launch their general election pitch to women voters using a Barbie-pink van in Stevenage.

This is how Oliver brutally took apart Labour's campaign, to laughter from the US audience:

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This is possibly the first time footage shot in Stevenage has been broadcast to a mass audience in the US.

"Wow," he said. "It is a little insulting that you're trying to appeal to adult women voters the same way that Mattel attempts to appeal to 8-year-olds."


"And at least Barbie's pink bus had the good sense to unfold into a sweet hot-tub and party-den combo," Oliver told HBO viewers.


Mockery from US comedy shows is probably not what Labour had in mind when they launched this campaign.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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