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John Oliver Called Out Herbalife For Targeting Latinos

11/09/16 Omar Villegas
Credit: Last Week Tonight / YouTube

“Oh, I love the blood of the Latino community… I want to bathe in it!”

When Americans need someone to make sense out of the craziest, most frustrating aspects of American life, they’ve increasingly turned to John Oliver. His show, “Last Week Tonight,” has brilliantly tackled subjects like Brexit, FIFA corruption, and cyber security. Oliver has also focused on Latino issues, such as the Puerto Rican economic crisis, Latino school segregation and Donald Trump’s border wall. Most recently, Oliver zeroed in on “multilevel marketing” companies, which he argues are just your classic (illegal) pyramid schemes. He details how multilevel marketing companies like Herbalife, Amyway and Mary Kay make billions, while their promises of steady income (or ANY income) for distributors almost always falls short.

Oliver also details how Herbalife, one of the biggest and most controversial multi-level marketing companies around, has focused on recruiting Latinos…

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Credit: HBO

(You can skip to that part of the show by clicking here, but you should really watch the whole episode.)

… with methods like this one: paying for ads in a telenovela.

Credit: HBO / Televisa
Credit: HBO / Televisa

He then shows a clip from “Betting On Zero,” a documentary that features several Latino distributors who say they were taken for thousands of dollars. This man says he lost more than $15,000.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

And towards the end of the show, Oliver gets a little help from Mexican actor Jaime Camil (“Jane The Virgin”), who does a multilevel marketing-style presentation to get Spanish speaking viewers to share the video.

Credit: HBO
CREDIT: Credit: HBO

Yep, that’s why they created two versions of the episode on YouTube: one in English and this one, with Spanish-language subtitles.

WATCH: John Oliver Exposes Just How Badly Latino Students Are Getting Screwed

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*Correction: a previous version of this story listed Jamie Camil as an actor who appeared on the show “Ugly Betty.”

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