John Oliver Teaches Us About Astroturfing, a Concept That Is Way Shadier Than It Sounds
Jonas Voigt

On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver introduced a concept that sounds much more fun than it really is: astroturfing. While Oliver points out that the term could plausibly describe a teen trend involving laundry detergent pods and artificial grass, astroturfing actually refers to the practice of companies and interest groups disguising themselves as grassroots movements.