The creator of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), George R. R. Martin, made a brief, albeit hilarious appearance on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The segment in which GRRM appeared, was one of Oliver’s trademark rants, this one pointed at Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz has had to appear before a Senate Investigative Committee, because of his promoting what he called “magic diet pills”, without any scientific evidence. John Oliver referred to Dr. Oz as the 21st century’s version of a snake oil salesman, with his pushing of “magic” weight loss beans.
Oliver acknowledged the fact that Dr. Oz has a mystical-type effect of his own, on the sales of miracle pills. Oliver also called Dr. Oz out for denying the “magic” powers of products like garcinia cambogia before Senate. Dr. Oz denied saying this even though he has been recorded, on his show, repeatedly calling pills “magic”.
During the Senate hearings, Sen. Claire McCaskill asked Dr. Oz about his use of words like “miracles” when promoting these pills.
“The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles. I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true. When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”
Oliver makes the same point. Why would Dr. Oz need to pander to his crowd if these “magical and miracle” pills actually worked, with legitimate scientific proof backing them? Oliver goes on to talk about how Dr. Oz uses “pandering” to suck his viewers in, and that is where GRRM makes his appearance.
You can watch the segment, in its entirety, below, and I suggest that you do. But, if you just want to see George R. R. Martin’s cameo, skip ahead to about 13:50.