At one point, Oliver showed a 1994 ad featuring a chirpy DuPont worker who gushes about the companyâ€™s nonstick synthetic chemical Teflon â€• a PFAS â€• and its many uses. The commercial pretty much presents Teflon as â€œwizardry,â€ Oliver noted.
So to add some â€œmuch needed context,â€ Oliver recruited a boisterous DeVito for a wicked spoof of the ad.
Said DeVito: â€œPeople think of Teflon and they think of frying pans â€• big hot plates with smooth long sticks. Teflon is not one thing. Itâ€™s disease, sickness and itâ€™s fuckinâ€™ everywhere! Thatâ€™s DuPont magic. Ta-da!â€
Thereâ€™s more. Watch the original ad at 5:49 and the DeVito sendup at 17:50.