John Oliver Believes Kenny G Is The Only Thing That Could Save Us From War With China, And Here's How — PHOTOS
Just hear him out. It might sound like a completely preposterous idea, but John Oliver's solution for diffusing tension with China is so bizarre that it might actually make sense. In yet another flash of his signature brilliance, Oliver is using Kenny G to make peace with China. In fact, the award-winning — though often mocked — saxophonist could be our only hope of avoiding war with China, according to Oliver. Why? Because while he's more often than not the butt of many jokes here in the States, Kenny G is a highly celebrated borrowed national treasure for the Chinese. There's something about the smooth sounds of Kenny G's sax that puts the entire country at ease, and if we continue bathing China in Kenny G war will be the last thing on their minds.
Before we put on Mr. G's soft instrumental sounds and descend into a state of unparalleled relaxation, let's take a look at why there's tension between the U.S. and China to begin with. Oliver opens the segment with some news clips showing China's ongoing attempts to claim the Spratly Islands, a highly coveted archipelago that could contain valuable oil and natural gas reserves and is also one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. As satellite images show, China has been constructing man-made islands in order to claim sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, a tactic that does not sit well with the U.S.
Last week, the U.S. sent a warship just 12 nautical miles off the Spratly Islands, which sparked a very ominous response from a Chinese admiral. In a video conference with U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, Chinese Navy Chief Admiral Wu Shengli made this statement (translated by Reuters):
"Holy shit. We could be going to war with China," Oliver responds emphatically.
But not to worry, he says. He has the ultimate secret weapon for preventing war with China: Kenny G.
Before you dismiss this seemingly nonsensical suggestion, let Oliver explain. You see, "Kenny G is a really big deal in China." His song "Going Home," a five-and-a-half-minute journey through the tranquil lands of your inner peace, is the unofficial closing song of China, and is played in public areas, shopping malls, businesses, and train stations when they prepare to shut down for the day.
It's a natural prompt for Chinese citizens to go home and unwind. However, some citizens don't even know who the musician behind the masterpiece is or if he's even alive.
Just to give you a hint of the song's powers, Oliver plays a brief clip of Kenny G playing "Going Home."
As for how to apply this to the current tension between the U.S. and China, here's what Oliver suggests:
And without further ado, Oliver introduces the man himself to the stage, the "future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Kenny G!"
As Kenny G plays his international hit, Oliver has a message for China:
Watch the segment below.
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