When Last Week Tonight host John Oliver got a whiff of actor Russell Crowe’s “Art Of Divorce Sale,” a private auction of not-quite-priceless movie memorabilia, he saw an opportunity to spend HBO’s money in a hilarious way. The comedian decided to purchase the leather jock strap that Crowe wore in the film Cinderella Man for $7,000, which is, as Oliver put it, “a big price to pay just to find out what Russell Crowe’s balls smelled like in 2005.”
All the Crowe memorabilia that Oliver purchased, which include his director’s chair from the film American Gangster as well as the shorts he wore over the $7,000 jockstrap in Cinderella Man, will be donated to one of the last Blockbuster video stores in the state of Alaska. Why? Why the hell not?
Interestingly enough, the ridiculous purchase and outlandish donation were the bookends to a segment about the way that the U.S. tax code allows for some large companies to pay almost nothing in taxes. Oliver’s weird stunt was meant to demonstrate that large companies can spend money on whatever they want, donate it however they want, and get tax write-offs for their awful decisions.