John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

Last Week Tonight pledged to donate the goods to a worthy cause. The internet speculated that the bidder was none other than Oliver himself, fueled by his earlier reference on the show lampooning the unusual nature of the auction, and that item itself.

On the heels of Blockbuster Video shutting down one of its remaining locations in Alaska, HBO's John Oliver has emerged as a hero for movie lovers in The Last Frontier.

"There has been some speculation out there that we were the ones who bought that jockstrap", Oliver noted, "and I will admit it does sound like something that we would do".

Why we care: Newly crowned rap queen Cardi B recently opined in an Instagram video about paying taxes: "I want to fucking know WHAT YA DOING WITH MY FUCKING MONEY!"

John Oliver on Sunday revealed that his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, did indeed buy Russell Crowe's jockstrap from Cinderella Man during the actor's recent divorce auction. The winnings also included the set chairs of Crowe (and, for some reason, Denzel Washington) from their time on American Gangster, as well as the vest Crowe wore in the film Les Miserables, and a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood.

Oliver said the final remaining Blockbuster had 48 hours to contact the show, and all the Crowe items would be theirs for display.

Oliver walked through the "long and infuriatingly proud history" of corporate tax avoidance, with a special nod to Apple and Google for being top "innovators in weaselly accounting", though GE and other huge companies paid zero federal taxes for much of this century.

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