“Last Week Tonight” took on the subject of Puerto Rico Sunday (April 24), which is a nation in crisis.
Except it’s not a nation. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, populated by over 3 million U.S. citizens, and it needs help. John Oliver, as he always does, spent 15+ minutes explaining exactly what is going on in Puerto Rico and how it got that way, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s emotional, “Hamilton”-esque performance gets the point across better than Oliver ever could.
“There are certainly better voices than mine to speak on behalf of Puerto Rico. Luckily there is someone with Puerto Rican parents and an amazing voice and he is here tonight.”
Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of Broadway smash “Hamilton,” whose parents are from Puerto Rico. He drops a rap about Puerto Rico’s plight that absolutely brings the house down.
Yeah, my family’s from Puerto Rico, the tropical destination.
Where you can spend your Washingtons, the spot where you vacation
A commonwealth with not a lot of wealth, a not-quite nation
$70 billion topic of conversation.
Hoping the gods on Oliver’s comical dissertation resonates with the Congress that got us in this situation
Along with suicidal tax incentive declarations
Yeah, we’ll pay your bond first — close the hospital, fuck the patients
This is an island 100 miles across
A hurricane is coming and we’re running up a loss.
This isn’t the first time Miranda has pleaded with Congress to help Puerto Rico. Maybe a “Hamilton”-esque performance make them listen.