John Oliver credits Kim Kardashian’s influence in helping solve art fraud

John Oliver was back on HBO and HBO Max with a new episode of Last week tonight where Kim Kardashian got a special mention. The comedian gave the entrepreneur awards for helping solve an art fraud scheme a few years ago.

“A few years back, at the Met Gala, the year 2018,” Oliver said. “Kim Kardashian showed up wearing head-to-toe Atelier Versace that was especially gold.”

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Oliver showed a picture of the Egyptian Nedjemankh’s chest, which the Met had just acquired at the time. Kardashian, dressed in gold, took a photo with the golden casket and the photo went viral on social media.

An anonymous informant tipped off international authorities to say that the casket had been looted and that the museum had been tricked into buying it for $4 million. Oliver was impressed by the power of Kardashian, adding: “The woman has a real ability to produce incredible images just by standing next to men who look like they died a long time ago.”

As Oliver hit the punchline of his joke, a picture of himself next to it The Kardashians star appeared on the screen making fun of himself.

The episode of the late night show continued to focus on dealers who did not do their proper research when acquiring works of art that have been stolen many times. Oliver took another stab at Kardashian when he noted that museums couldn’t just sit back and not do research and wait “until Kim Kardashian takes a picture in front of one of our objects and we are humiliated on the international stage . It can’t be all her responsibility, she’s too busy revolutionizing shapewear.”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired Sunday evening at 11 PM ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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