Cheap Clothing – Just a Reminder that Sweatshops are still a Problem General Nonsense 27 APR 2015

I first encountered comedian John Oliver on Community (which I only picked up on criminally late). What I didn’t know at the time was that very soon I would become an avid fan of his entry into the world of American late-night talk and news satire: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Although sometimes they take it a step too far with some of their antics, overall, the writers of this show put forward a lot of big, pertinent topics that are well researched and will often cause your jaw to drop with disbelief once delivered, making it a firm favourite of mine to pick up via Youtube on a weekly basis.

A particularly hard hitting segment from this week’s show deals with the problem of sweatshops still being well and truly alive in this day and age – something that cheap clothing is probably the best indicator of:

South Africa deals with exactly the same problem mind you. So much of our homegrown textiles industry has been completely decimated by the impossibly cheap imports that no one can fairly compete against – unless they themselves ran a sweatshop environment of course.

As always, cheaper is always great for the buyer, but almost always never a great thing for the producer.

youtube last week tonight with john oliver

Related Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78

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Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.