Grace Parra dishes on the Panama Papers, and Larry discusses Bill Clinton's defense of his controversial 90s-era crime bill with Waka Flocka Flame, Robin Thede and Mike Yard.
Thank you very much!
Welcome to The Nightly Show.
Man, what a great crowd!
-AUDIENCE: Larry! Larry! Larry!-Oh, thank you so much.
-Thank you. You're too kind.-AUDIENCE: Larry! Larry! Larry!
You're too kind.Thank you so much!
-(woman shouting)-You are... I love you, too.
Uh, man, what a great show.
Waka Flocka Flame ison the panel tonight, man.
-(cheers and applause)-It's gonna be a lot of fun.
Gonna be a lot of fun.Can't wait.
So, guys, so,I have to bring this up.
So, here's the deal.
So, many criticize,um, Hillary Clinton
for being too reserved, right?
Never showing her personal side.
Well, the other day, uh,she really let her guard down
with the people of Buffalo,
displaying an amazing levelof candor.
A lot of great things happenedto me here
when I was your senator.
I came at least 50 times.
Every chance I could get.
-(applause and cheering)-Hmm.
(Wilmore laughs, laughter)
Now, I'm really excitedto read those e-mails, you guys.
-(laughter)-I really want to see.
But not everything was orgasmicin Clinton world last week,
so let's check inwith the ongoing effort
to de-Negrofy the White House.
It's time for a special editionof the Unblackening.
Oh, that was kind of cool.I like that, yeah.
So it seems Hillary Clinton'scampaign for the presidency
has been overshadowed byBill Clinton's ongoing campaign
to tank Hillary Clinton'scampaign for the presidency.
Bill Clinton was in Philadelphiatoday-- the former president--
campaigningfor his wife Hillary.
But the former president got into a heated exchange
with Black Lives Matter protesters
who interrupted his speech.
No, Bill! No!
When Black Lives Matterinterrupts you,
you're supposedto play dead. Uh...
Wait. No. I'm sorry.That's bears. That's not, uh...
You're supposedto stop, drop and roll.
No, wait. That's whenyou're on fire. I'm sorry.
Just don't get them wet
and don't feed themafter midnight, okay?
No, wait. I'm sorry. That, uh...
I don't rememberwhat that is. Okay.
Okay, I'm not sureabout the proper etiquette
for Black lives Matterprotesters,
but when your wife--who is running for president--
is having issues with them,
you probablyshouldn't answer like this.
I don't know how you wouldcharacterize the gang leaders
who got 13-year-old kidshopped up on crack
and sent them outonto the street
to murder otherAfrican-American children.
Maybe you thoughtthey were good citizens.
-She didn't. She didn't.-(cheering)
-(with raspy voice):"She didn't."
I like it when Bill Clinton'svoice gets all Bubba raspy.
Right? That's whenthat bile's coming up
-into his throat, right?-(laughter)
(raspy): "How dare you confrontme with the truth?"
Well, here's whythis is so heated.
So, back in 1994,Bill Clinton passed a crime bill
that a lot of peoplein the black community feel led
to the current stateof mass incarceration of blacks.
Now, as first lady,Hillary didn't vote on the bill,
but she did stump for it,and she's still criticized
for what she saidin this speech.
They are not just gangs of kidsanymore.
They are often the kinds of kids
that are called"superpredators."
No conscience, no empathy.
Okay, a little context here.
The term "superpredator," um,
was all the rage in the '90s,you guys, okay?
You know, like how white peoplehad "the Rachel," and... right?
And black peoplehad the high-top fade.
-You remember that? Yeah?-(laughter)
-(applause and cheering)-Yeah! Exactly!
Yeah, yeah. Yeah.
And like the high-top fade,it turned out to be something
that now brings a lot of shame20 years later.
In fact, here's John Dilulio--something like that--
the criminologist who coinedthe term "superpredator,"
backing awayfrom how he characterized
the supposed onslaughtof teen crime.
DILULIO: The superpredator idea was wrong.
Predictions were off by a factor of four.
That's about as far offas one could possibly get.
Okay, that's how wrong the ideaof these superpredators was.
The person who created itwants nothing to do with it.
He's ashamed of his creation,like Dr. Frankenstein,
-or Ted Cruz's parents.-(laughter)
-Right? Right?-(applause and cheering)
Keep it 100.
And by the way... by the way,Hillary's got a lot of nerve
characterizing black youthas superpredators
when she's marriedto a superpredator.
-(laughter and groaning)-Right?
Keep it 100, you guys!
He spent the whole '80s and '90s
superpredatoring his ass off,right?
So Bill, in his efforts to be ahorrible surrogate for Hillary,
went on to apologize for hisBlack Lives Matter kerfuffle
the only way he knows how--by triangulating
and strangulatingthe English language.
So I did something yesterdayin Philadelphia.
I almost wantto apologize for it.
(laughter and groaning)
What? Almost want to apologize?Okay, hold on.
There are two typesof apologies--
a heartfelt apologyand a non-apology.
But an "almost apology"is not a thing. Commit!
-"I almost got you flowers."-(laughter)
-"'Cause I almost love you."-(laughter)
So even thoughthe word-ninja apology
felt a little bit Clintony,
this is a past-his-prime ninja
who can still flickthose throwing stars.
He just doesn't knowwho he's gonna hit.
And this election season,
it always seemsto be Hillary's campaign.
Sometimeswhen I'm on a stage like this,
I wish we weren't married.
Then I could saywhat I really think.
We are all mixed race people.
If you believewe've finally come to the point
where we can putthe awful legacy
of the last eight yearsbehind us...
-(audience groaning)-Awful legacy?!
You know your wifewas the secretary of state
for four of those awful years,right?
Bill, if you keep that up,
you know what you'll be sayingin November?
"Well, honey,you were almost president."
"Heck, almost. Hot damn.
Heck, I almost voted for you."
"I'm almost sorryyou didn't win."
All right,any more sabotaging words
directed at the voting block
that you desperately needfor your wife to be president?
You are defending the people whokilled the lives you say matter.
Tell the truth.
Okay, hold on.Mr. Almost-apology,
is asking us to tell the truth?
Okay, fine, fine.
Here's an installment ofTell the Truth with Mike Yard.
-Tell the truth!-(applause and cheering)
-Tell the truth!-(cheers and applause)
-Go ahead, Mike.-Tell the truth, Bill Clinton?
Here's the truth--this crime bill was a disaster.
And yes, black folks supporteda tough-on-crime stance
back then,but they didn't support
a send-our-children-to-prison-forever stance.
Tell the truth? There wereliberals in your own party
who wanted more moneyfor social programs
to prevent criminal behaviorand racial equality
in the criminal justice system,and to that you said,
"Nah. How about more jails?"
Tell the truth?You saw an opportunity
to get those Reagan Democratsand you jumped at that bitch
like it wasthe last hoverboard in Target.
Yeah, you had to show themyou weren't soft on crime,
AKA "the black one,"
so you pushedfor $10.8 billion for police,
$9.9 billion for prisons,
and put a hundred thousandnew cops out on the street.
Hey, but you did give usmidnight basketball.
Just what we needed--our kids on dangerous,
crack-infested streetsat midnight to play basketball.
Good job, Mr. President.
-(applause)-Tell the truth!
This crime bill ruinedmy opportunity
to play for the New York Mets.
Hold on, hold on a second, Mike,now, hold on.
(chuckles): Um... I don't thinkthat's telling the truth.
Yeah, you're right, Larry.
-I just wanted to blamethat (bleep) on him. -Oh.
But you know what?Clinton should just own up
to the fact that this crime billwas a crime and keep it moving.
And that's telling the truth.
All right!Mike Yard telling the truth!
-(cheering, applause)-We'll be right back.
-You told them the truth,almost. -Always.
You almost told them the truth.
-Always.-Oh! Good job...
So with the spring breakwrapping up,
wealthy people everywherehave taken their money
on an international vacation.
That's right, breaking news,everybody--
wealthy people are scumbags.
The so-called "Panama Papers,"that's what they're calling
the millions of documents leakedfrom a Panamanian law firm
that ties in the mostpowerful people in the world
to offshore tax havens.
So, ever sincethe Panama Papers were leaked,
global leadershave been panicked.
Vladimir Putinhas been implicated,
British leader David Cameronhas released his tax records,
and the prime ministerof Iceland resigned quicker
than news outlets could figureout how to pronounce his name.
Let me see if I can give ita try. Let me try.
Uh, Shia LaBeouf.
-Hey, got it.-(laughter)
I almost fell off there.
Okay, so what impactwill these Panama Papers have
on global affairs?
Here with an in-depth lookis Nightly Show contributor
-Grace Parra. -Hi, Larry! Hello!-(cheering, applause)
Hello, hello, hello!Hi, hi, hi, hi!
I'm here in Hollywood, whereeveryone is bzz, bzz, buzzing
about this season'shottest document,
the Panama Papers!
♪ Nightly! Nightly!
no, no, no.
Uh, hold on, Grace.No, no, no.
Uh, this isn't a storyfor celebrity gossip.
No, but, Larry,the Panama Papers is
a who's-whoof international stars.
Pedro Almodóvar.Sarah Ferguson.
Um, I-I don't really careabout Simon Cowell.
Is the British producer's careeras dead as American Idol?
We'll find out after the break.
♪ Nightly! Nightly!
Grace, please put your leg down.
I want to discuss thePanama Papers' global impact.
I mean, they expose suspiciousties to Vladimir Putin.
That is right, Larry-- and they expose
Putin's long-awaited forayinto Hollywood action films.
Grace, h-he's not tryingto be an action star.
Uh-uh-uh, think about it,Larry--
sexy tax evasion,
rugged, shirtless photos.
I would say this Russian bad boyis one more assassination away
from the next Expendables sequel.
-♪ Nightly! Nightly! -(imitating automatic gunfire)
Okay, Grace... Grace,Grace, stop it. Enough.
Grace, seriously,this is a serious issue.
Oh, yes, yes, no, it's serious,
-Yeah.-but it's also dry.
You can have seriousand mm, mm, sexy,
but not serious and dry.
Look, do you thinkthat people care
about boring holding companies?Oh... (scoffs)
Or... the factthat Jackie Chan has one?
Oh, wait. Jackie Chan was namedin the Panama Papers?
Yes, Larry.It may be 11:30 in New York,
but do you know what time it isfor this kung fu-fighting,
definite fistand possible tax dodger?
-Rush Hour? -Rush Hour!
-(cheering)-♪ Nightly! Nightly!
Oh. Hey, that was, uh...
that was kind of fun,that was kind of fun.
You see?You know, you can Nightly
even the most sadand boring stories.
-Right. -Larry,why don't you give it a try?
Okay. I don't know. I guess.
All right, okay.Uh... hey, the Panama Papers
are tied to Panama law firm
Uh, is that a law firm
or a new memberof that One Direction boy band?
♪ Nightly, Night...
how come I didn't getthe Nightly song?
-'Cause that was staleas (bleep). -Oh.
-Let's do this,-I kind of...
-let's try a different story,okay? -Okay.
-And maybe give ita bit of a flirty... -Flirty?
-Yeah, yeah, yeah, flirty.-Okay, I'll try.
Okay, hey,look out, Batman v Superman,
because this season'shottest clash is
the violencebetween refugees and police
at the Greek-Macedonian border.
(slowly, softly):♪ Nightly, Nightly.
-(laughter)-Oh, my God.
-PARRA: No.-I... I got the sad Nightly.
-No, Larry, no.-Oh, man.
Larry, Larry,that was just depressing.
Well, I'm sorry-- you saidI could Nightly any story.
Well, I guess I was wrong.
Maybe TV's Larry Wilmoreis stashing his "it" factor
in an offshore account.
♪ Nightly! Nightly!
Wait, wait, that is not true,that is not true.
Grace Parra, everybody!We'll be right back.
-(cheering, applause)-Grace! No! That's not true!
Welcome back.I'm here with my panel.
First up, Nightly Show contributor Mike Yard.
And Nightly Show contributorRobin Thede.
And he's currently touring--you know him,
rapper Waka Flocka Flame.
(cheering, shouting, applause)
For everyone at home,join our conversation right now
on Twitter-- @NightlyShow,using #Tonightly.
Okay, so, as we've talked aboutearlier in the show,
Bill Clinton was, uh,giving a speech last week
and was interrupted by someBlack Lives Matter protesters,
he got into it with them,sticking up for Hillary
over the 1994 crime bill,saying, "You're defending
the people who killedthe lives you say matter--
tell the truth."Okay, is Bill Clinton...
is Bill Clinton wrongor did he just handle it poorly?
(chuckles) Well, A, he's wrongbecause Black Lives Matter
isn't aboutdefending drug dealers,
it's about not being shotby the police.
Like... So, you're just wrongin that way.
Course he was wrong.And did he handle it poorly?
He handled it exactlyhow he intended on handling it.
'Cause he came out hard. Like,he was in the back, pacing,
before he went out there.Like, he was back there going,
"I wish one of theseBlack Lives Matter (bleep)
"would say some (bleep)when I'm on that stage.
"Ain't gonna be no damnBernie Sanders up in this bitch.
-Yeah.-"You say something to ol' Bill,
-I'm-a give you the business."-Yeah.
I-I thought... I thought hekind of... I thought he kind of
-Bernie Mac'd 'em a little bit.-YARD: Yeah, he did.
He was like, (imitates Mac):"I ain't af...
-I ain't scared o' you (bleep)."-He was tight.
He kind of Mac-manned...Mac-manned 'em, right?
I think... I-I think Bill'schoice was more complex
than what he thought it wasgonna be. It was more long-term,
it affected people.I think probably made time...
it made sense for the time.I think the laws...
WILMORE: You're talking aboutthe actual crime bill.
-Yeah, the actual, yeah.-Right, right, right.
I think laws is for time. Now,is that law effective now? No.
It hurts. We've seen whathappened through the years
and time, but it was way morecomplex than what Bill thought.
Technically, being real,I don't think Bill was
looking at it that way. He waslooking, "I'm backed down,
"I need to get these votes,I need to support these people,
I need to help these people."
But when the lady yelled"Black lives matter",
he should've... he should'vebeen an adult and not a madman.
-You think he was a madman?-Now, Bill was mad, y'all.
-I'd never seen Bill that mad.-Oh, you mean angry, right?
-He-he was mad, man, like...-Yeah.
-You know what I mean?-THEDE: Yeah.
Yeah, the voice went up:"She didn't!" I was like,
-what, is he taking a (bleep)?"She didn't!" -Do you...
-Do you-do you... -"She didn't!"-YARD: I was like...
-I was like...-Raise the (bleep).
I thought... I was like,
"I think Bill just(bleep) on hisself."
-"She didn't!"-WILMORE: Oh, my God.
Do you... do you think it'sfair... do you think the attacks
on Hillary for thisare fair, though?
I mean, she didn't vote for it.
Biden... Joe Biden drafted it.You know, Bill Clinton signed it
into law, Bernie Sanders votedfor it. Hillary's the only one
of these people that didn't votefor it. -Yeah. I mean, we're...
Look, my thing is she wasthe first lady at the time.
I'm not sayingshe didn't stump for it,
but Kirstie Alleyendorsed Trump on Twitter.
-Wait... -Well, listen,she's not an elected official,
I'm not listening to her either.She wasn't an elected official
at the time. I'm not absolvingher of any responsibility,
but I am saying thatBernie Sanders voted for it,
Bill Clinton signed it into law.
Like, we need to holdthe people accountable.
22 black Democratsvoted for it, too.
-I think what you were sayingwas right. At the time... -Yeah.
-...they were looking fora solution. -I ain't Bill fault.
It's everybody,it's a collective thing.
-YARD: I'm sorry...-It wasn't right, but they were
-looking for a solution.-I'm sorry, you don't
get to campaign for a bill...Like, you can't... you don't
get to hand somebody a gun andthen when they shoot somebody
go, "How's that my fault?"(bleep), you gave 'em the gun.
But we didn't ha...We didn't give her a gun.
-We didn't elect her.-No, she gave them the gun.
-She promoted this bill. -Idon't understand your metaphor.
She went out and she promoted...
-Who we talking about, Hillary?-Yes, she went out an promoted
-this bill, she... -I-I don'tfeel nothing wrong with Hillary.
-I... If I was to vote -She wentout and called our children
-superpredators. -...foranybody, it'd be Hillary.
We had a president that was forthe money, we had a president
that was for the people, we hada president for this, for this,
a black guy, this... Why notsee what a woman gonna do?
-(cheering, applause) -Yeah,but, not just any woman, though.
-No? -I'm notagainst a woman president,
-but not just any woman.-But-but Mike, that's a...
I mean, but when you say that itit sounds like...
I mean, she wasn't in officeduring that.
She wasn't in office, but let'snot act like she was just
sitting there on the sidewhen Bill was talking about
the crime bill, going, "Nah,come on, Bill, don't say that."
No, she went out and promotedand pushed that bill.
She-she campaigned for thatbill. She tried to change minds
as far as that billwas concerned, so yes,
you have some responsibilityin that. I'm sorry.
Do you think any of thisis gonna hurt Hillary
in the general election?
-Nah. -I think... -You don'tthink so, you don't think
-it's gonna have an effect,right? -Nah, I don't.
Honestly, it's... People cansay whatever they want
about Bill Clinton, but youprobably go backtrack
two years from now, the samepeople that was talking...
talking a lot of (bleep) aboutBill Clinton, probably saying,
"That's the best presidentfor black people! Aah"
Now it's the same peoplesaying he's the worst.
You're sayingvoters are just fickle.
You just... You're confused,because you never know the truth
-until the time passed.You don't know -Mm-hmm. -Right.
'cause we're living in thepresent. We d... we don't know
what's going on. That's history.You think history realized
-what was going on, what we readin the books today? No. -Right.
Well, they say the road to hellwas paved with good intentions.
I mean, the crime bill couldhave had many good intentions,
-and th-then some of those...some of those... -Listen,
-I don't know, man. I'm not thatforgiving. -It was more complex.
They probably had a be...a different intention on Bill.
They probably dressed it up andmade it look real good for him,
-made it sound good. -Why do youthink there was so much myopia
-when it was passed,if it seemed so... -I think
because back thenthe-the intention was narrow.
Only ten percent of prisonersare in federal prisons.
This was a federal crime bill.Listen, I am not defending
-the crime bill, by the way. Itsounds like I am. -No, no, no.
-No, I'm not. All I'm saying is-But there were other provisions
-what happened... There wereother provisions. -in it...
Violence against women.It did a lot of terrible things,
more terrible than good.Hands down. 99% terrible things.
And what happened was the statestook the federal law,
mirrored it, and copied itin all the states,
-and it became horrificallyimpactful for black -Right.
and brown people. And the ma...the numbers of people
went up by 60%, black and brownpeople in prison went up by 60%.
-It's a terrible, terribletragedy. -So-so "let's be tough
on crime" was interpretedas "let's lock up some (bleep)."
Exactly. Exactly.That's it came off like.
-Everybody doing crime.-They're tough on crime,
AKA little black folkssellin'...
This is the thing that kills meabout that bill:
crack didn't just sprout outin a tree in the neighborhood,
-okay? It didn't just pop up inthe hood. -What?
Wait, you're telling methere are no crack trees?
There's no crack trees, Larry.Contrary to what you've heard,
-there's no crack trees.Crack was flown in -(bleep)
by airplanes from Colombia,wherever, Mexico,
-wherever they make it.We didn't... -Right.
We don't own them planes.I-I barely got good credit.
-I can't own a plane.They were flown in here, -Yep.
they were flown in todistrib-distribution warehouses,
where they were sent out to ourneighborhoods to, you know...
to do whateverthey set out to do.
-That's how the Man does it.-But the way this crime bill
operated was to attackthe result of the drug problem,
not the cause of the drugproblem, which were the people
-bringing it in.-Right. -Right.
-And that's my problem.-Right. -I understand.
And when you target a drugto-to crack...
They targeted this drugto crack. Who was selling crack?
Okay, last question then.Both Republicans and Democrats
were complicit in this.So who do people vote for
-if they're... if they're upset?-Man, they're all... Please.
What is the hope?
I'm voting for Waka Flocka!
-There you go. Waka Flocka!-(cheering and applause)
Right there! I like that!
We'll be right back!I like that!
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Okay! Thanks to my panelists,Mike Yard, Robin Thede,
and Waka Flocka Flame.We're almost out of time.
Before we go, I'm gonna keep it100 for you guys.
Keeping it 100.Uh, tonight's question
is from an audience membernamed Deena.
Well, let's take a look.
Hey, Larry.If you could no longer be black,
what race would you chooseto be?
Keep It 100.
I think there's only two left,right?
-Yeah, there's, like,three major races, right? -Oh.
Is that it? Why, you have, like,a fourth and a fifth one?
Uh, I don't know. I tell youwhat, I'll be Caucasian
and I will try my bestto make America great again.
That's what I'm gonna do.
Thanks for watching! Don'tforget to ask... (laughing)
I don't know what to give you
for that one.I'm gonna give you both of 'em.
Good Nightly, everyone!What's wrong with it?
-I don't know what to give youfor that one. -I can't be black!
-I don't know what to give youfor that one. -I can't be black.
-♪ -(cheering and applause)