Last week, fast-food workers went on a day-long strike in cities like Chicago, New York and Milwaukee, making it the largest labor action of its kind in American history.
At the heart of their grievances is the industry's refusal to pay its workers a livable wage, which would approximately double their current (and meager) average intake of about $8.94 per hour.
The very idea is an outrage to Fox News pundits, many of whom responded to news of the strike by directing the same "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" cliches at industry workers. Their advice to struggling laborers? "Just get a better job!" Because surely, as anyone will tell you, the economy is on a major upswing, and decent-paying jobs are abundant for all.
But John Oliver is having none of it. And in a broadcast this week, he encourages the industry's hardest workers to feel free to dish out the "special sauce" to Fox News' most recognizable faces, should they appear in line at a fast-food restaurant.
The fast-food industry rakes in $170 billion per year, much of that off the backs of its workers, who do an exhausting job for money that doesn't even cover their groceries, let alone rent in most cities—a fact that McDonald's recently (and accidentally) admitted.
No one puts on a McDonald's uniform expecting to strike it rich, but when you work that hard, for a company that's outrageously profitable, it's reasonable to expect that as a result of your efforts, you'll be able to meet your most basic needs. And right now, we're not even close to that possibility.