June 13, 2016 - Mychal Denzel Smith

  • 06/13/2016

Grace Parra addresses Beyonce's sweatshop scandal, and Larry examines a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, with Mychal Denzel Smith, Mike Yard and Robin Thede.

Thank you very much.Thank you very much.

Thank you!

Thank you very much!

Welcome to The Nightly Show.

Thank you so much.Thank you.

I am Larry Wilmore.

Uh, now of course...Thank you so much.

But of coursewe have to deal...

-MAN: Love you, Larry!-I love you, too.

Thank you very much.Love you, too.

But we have to dealwith the tragic events

that occurred over the weekendin Orlando.

We've been thinkingabout it all day here,

trying to figure out what to doand what to say

in responseto something so evil.

All I can say is this.

Our hearts are broken for you,Orlando,

and for the victimsand their families,

but we are with you, okay?

And tonight we're going to talkabout it

in the hopes that maybewe can provide some laughs

and maybe play some small partin the healing.

Now, when the news broke,

the peopleof this nation were unified

in a selfless outpouringof support

for the victimsand their families.

Well, it was selflessexcept for one person.


Cue the tweet

from future-impeachedPresident Trump, please.

WOMAN (reading):"Appreciate the congrats

"for being righton radical Islamic terrorism.

"I don't want congrats.I want toughness and vigilance.

We must be smart!"

Yes, Donald, you were reallyahead of the curve

on the whole"terrorism is bad" thing, right?


I mean, honestly,who brags about this?

It's like your doctor saying,"Yo, dude, I totally called it!

You do have cancer, man."

-(laughter)-"Called it.

I called that (bleep), man!"

Right? But he didn't just tweet.

He redirected the diarrheafrom his Twitter account

directly through his face-holeat a press conference.

The killer, whose nameI will not use or ever say,

was born an Afghan,of Afghan parents,

who immigratedto the United States.

-No. -(audience groaning)

He was born an American,

but his parents immigratedto the United States.

So you're saying thatwe shouldn't allow immigrants

into this country at all?

Well, that eliminatestwo-thirds of your wives.


(cheers and applause)

Um, hey, you bettergive me a better reason, man.

His father published supportfor the Afghan Taliban,

a regime which murders those whodon't share its radical views,

and they murdered plenty.

The father even said

he was runningfor president of Afghanistan.

Okay, all right,so you're telling me

that his fatherhas radical views,

says crazy (bleep),and is running for president?



(applause and cheering)

I think, uh...

Somebody's tryingto steal your thunder, man.


Oh, please, Donald!

Please just give me something.

Just give me one thingthat kind of makes sense.

We havean incompetent administration.

And if I'm elected president,that will not change.

I will tell you

that will not changeover the next four years.

-Okay. Okay. That, uh...-(cheers and applause)

That kind of makes sense.

(laughing):Oh, my God.

But Trump blaming the president

for the attacksdidn't stop there.

WOMAN (reading):"Is president Obama going

"to finally mention the wordsradical Islamic terrorism?

If he doesn't, he shouldimmediately resign in disgrace!"

Wait. Hold on a second.He wants Obama to resign?

Okay, well, you know,

it just so happens that I havea direct line to the president.


-He's my... Well, you know...-(laughter, applause)

-(phone ringing through)-No, no, don't. Oh.

Uh, White House. This is Barack.

Hey, Barry.

What's up my, uh, president?

Uh, Larry,it's good to hear from you.

Hey, so, listen,

Donald Trump sent a tweetsaying you should resign.

What's your response?

Oh, Donald, go (bleep) yourself.

-Oh, okay.-(laughter)

Thank you, Mr. President.

(cheers and applause)

Pretty simple.

Pretty good.


Boy, that president uses saltylanguage when he's on the phone!


Now, it's not just Trump.

Criticism over Obama'sresistance

to use the phrase"radical Islamic terrorism"

has been a conservativetalking point for years.

President Obama goes on TV.

He will not say"radical Islamic terrorism."

The White House refusesto say "radical Islam."

This administration has refusedto call it what it is.

It's radical Islam.

I'm about to bang my headon this table!

Why can't they say it?

Yes. Please bang your headon that table! Please!

Please! Please!

Look, in all honesty,

they really want Obamato say these words

so Fox Newscan cut them together

in a clip where Obama says,"I am a member of

(robotically):radical Islamic terrorism."

-(laughter)-Right? That's what they...

Don't fall for it, Barry.It's a trap!

But I have to say, in the wakeof the Orlando tragedy,

some on the right havetheir own word they're avoiding.

Watch how hard Florida governorRick Scott works

to not use the word "gay."

Are you taking any specialprecautions in Florida,

which is knownas being hospitable

to the gayand lesbian community,

to make sure thatthat community is protected?

SCOTT: Well, Jake, we don't wantanybody in our state

to ever be, uh, targeted.

We don't want anybodyto be discriminated against.

Yeah, but we're not talkingabout anybody.

This isn'thashtag all lives matter.

We're talking about gay people,so just say that.

There may be a largeand thriving LGBT community

that might be very,very afraid this morning.

Are you taking precautions?

SCOTT:Absolutely. Um, I mean, our...

We have really goodlaw enforcement in our state,

and when somethinglike this happens,

one of the first things you do,

on top of just dealingwith the issue you have at hand,

is say, "Okay, so,who else could this impact?"

Who else?

Dude, just saying the worddoesn't make you gay.

-It's not Beetlejuice!-(laughter)

Just say it!


So people have no problemsaying "gay"

when they're againstgay marriage,

but they have to erase that partof their identity

when they wantto sympathize with them?

Sorry. No.

Politicians will tell you

this was an attackon American freedom,

but let's be very clear.

It was firstand foremost an attack

on an American minority group.

The deadliest mass shootingin American history...


The deadliest mass shootingin American history

specifically targeteda gay nightclub,

not only during pride month,

but on the eveof the gay Super Bowl.


Right? Am I right?

I didn't make that up.

In fact, the presidenttook a moment yesterday

to make this exact point.

The placewhere they were attacked

is more than a nightclub.

It is a place of solidarityand empowerment

where people have come togetherto raise awareness,

to speak their minds and toadvocate for their civil rights.

Yes, a gay bar has historicallybeen the only space

where members of the LGBTcommunity can be safe

and out about who they are,

without feeling hatedor feeling like a novelty.

Because unlike otherminority groups in America,

LGBT people aren't borninto a home or family

that sharestheir minority experience.

So when you think about it,

gay bars are reallylike black churches.


I mean, look, sure...

Look, go with me on this, guys.

-Go with me, all right?-(applause)

No, no, no.

Yes, gay clubs may have morestrobe lights

and sugar-free well drinks,I get it.


But they offerjust as much love,

just as much safety,

and just as much beltingby powerful black songstresses.



(cheers and applause)

So all I'm saying...all I'm saying is,

if a shooting inside ablack church forces politicians

to take down Confederate flags,

then a massacre insidea gay club should force them

-to wave rainbow flags.-MAN: Yeah!

(cheers and applause)

And the increased rightsthe gay community has won

in recent years has gonehand-in-hand

with a tremendous amountof hate.

Within the past five years,20% of hate crimes in the U.S.

have targetedsexual orientation,

and a study by the FBI findsthat LGBT people

are more than twice as likelyto be targets

of violent crimethan Jews or black people.

And that said, black Jewsstill remain twice as likely

to have an accidentalconcert dick slip.

(laughter, applause)

Truth. That's the Jew.

When you combine...

I'm just saying, when youcombine the Jew-black thing...


Lenny Kravitz dick slip 2015.Never forget, you guys.


Look, so whether or not

a jihadi extremist wasat the heart of this attack,

this was an attackon gay safe spaces.

But for those members of theLGBT community who feel scared,

don't stop singing,dancing or living.

We need to bringthe vibrant love and joy

of a gay clubinto the outside world,

not bring the outside world'sviolent hatred inside gay clubs.

We'll be right back.

(cheers and applause)

Welcome back!

-(cheering continues)-Now...

(laughs):Thank you.

If you're a living humanwith an Instagram account,

you might have noticedthat Beyoncé is on tour.

But whilethe bee emoji/lemon emoji tour

is taking America by storm,halfway around the world

the Empress of Popmight be responsible

for a not-so-natural disaster.

NEWSWOMAN: New reports from the British paper The Sun

claim that the millionaire pop diva

uses Sri Lankan sweatshop labor

to manufacture her sportswear line, Ivy Park.

Now, this Sri Lankansweatshop scandal

has divided people up online.

Some fans think Beyoncécan do no wrong.

Now, some haters thinkBeyoncé definitely did do wrong.

And other rational people,like myself,

blame this entire thingon Sasha Fierce.



But either way, this storyraises more important questions

about the roleof sweatshop labor in Sri Lanka.

So, with an in-depth reporton this serious crisis

in South Asiais our very own Grace Parra.

-(cheering, applause)-Hi! Hello, Larry, hello!

-Hi, Grace.-Hi, hi, hi. I am here

in sunny Sri Lanka,where the celebrity fashions

are making everybody sweat.

♪ Nightly, Nightly!

Uh... okay, no, no, no.

No. Grace, Grace.

I know this seems likean entertainment story,

but we wanted an in-depth reporton Asian factory work.

And that is what I am here for--to talk about abuse

at Sri Lanka'smost A-list sweatshop.



Wait, you think that Beyoncé

could actually be runninga sweatshop?

Indeed, Larry, and just likeevery Sri Lankan factory boss,

Queen B is saying,"Ladies, get information!"

♪ Nightly! Nightly!


It's my butt!

Grace, Grace,focus, focus, okay?

All right, tell us exactlyhow a Sri Linkan factory

like Ivy Parksmight abuse employees.

Well, everything happeningin these factories is legal,

but with six-dollar daily wages

and tightly crampedboarding houses,

these factoriesreportedly mistreat workers

almost as much as Jay Zmistreated his marital vows.


-(audience gasping, whooping)-Yikes. Hoo-haw.

Yikes. (grunting)

Grace, thatdoesn't really seem related

to this particular issue.

Sure, these factory workersmay not have the good jobs.

I just hope none of theseBecky's have the good hair.

♪ Nightly! Nightly!

♪ Ricola...!

(laughter, applause)

(laughs):Ricola? That makes no sense.

-Cough drop.-Grace, please,

just tell us moreabout labor conditions

in South Asia, please.

And don't mention Beyoncé.


-Yes. You can do it.-Uh, well...

um...(clears throat)

Okay, okay, wh-whenit comes to factory labor,

-Mm-hmm. -Sri Lanka isn'teven as bad as Bangladesh,

where more than halfthe population lives

on two dollars a day.

-(exhales)-Wow. See?

See? Now,that is a huge problem.

Yes, yes, it is, Larry.

-Mm-hmm.-And speaking of huge problems,

what was Cate Blanchett wearingat last night's Tony Awards!

-(laughter)-Grace, don't do it.

-Don't-don't...-In Hollywood films,

she might be Blue Jasmine,but on Broadway's biggest night,

her dress had us screaming,"Boo, has-been!"

♪ Nightly! Nightly!

-(mock crying)-(cheering, applause)

-Boo, has...? -I ripped my ownface off. I ripped it off.

Cate Blanchett isa national treasure, Grace.

-That is not okay.-Well.

But hey, wait, I didn'tmention Beyoncé, though.

Grace, we... look, we can'tkeep sending you overseas

if you insist on doingcelebrity reports.

We rely on thisin-depth coverage

for you to Keep It 100 for us.

-Oh, Keep It 100, Larry?-Yeah!

Okay. Hey, Lar,in over one year of your show.

how many times have you reportedon the ongoing crisis

of sweatshop laborin South Asia?


Yeah. You.

Well... um...

uh... can I havea Nightly Nightly?

-PARRA: What?!-♪ Nightly! Nightly!

That's not fair!

-(Wilmore singing)-That's not fair!

-(cheering, whistling, applause)-That's my bit!

That's my bit!

Grace Parra, everybody!

-We'll be right back!-Wait, I get to do that!

-♪ -That's easy!-(cheering, applause)

Welcome back.I'm here with my panel.

First up, Nightly Show contributor Mike Yard.

(cheering, applause)

And Nightly Show contributorRobin Thede.

(cheering, applause)

And he's a contributing writerat The Nation,

and he's the authorof Invisible Man,

Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith.

(cheering, whistling, applause)

And for everyone at home,join our conversation right now

on Twitter @NightlyShow,using the hashtag #Tonightly.

So, sadly, we talkedabout earlier in the show,

there was a mass shooting, aseveryone knows, this past week

at a gay club in Orlando,

uh, wherethis self-appointed terrorist

armed with an assault riflekilled...

I think it may have been 50.

-49 or 50.-YARD: 49 people.

Something like that.And wounded, like, over 50 more.

So what should this shootinghave us talk more about,

the problem of radical Islam,as they say,

or the problemof assault rifles?

Well, I-I don't careabout radical Islam.

That don't scare me.What scares me

is the abilityof radical Islamists

to get guns--that's what scares me.

-That's what we needto talk about. -Mm-hmm.

(cheering, applause)

I just, I don't like the turnthat the conversation takes

when we try to place the blameon so-called "radical Islam."

-Mm-hmm.-It's-it's Americans trying

to outsource the problemto someone else.

Like, trying to saythat it's not homegrown,

-PARRA: Right.-it's not a responsibility

of the people right here.I mean, radical Islam?

Who are the radical Islamiststrying to lock trans people

out of bathrooms?

Who are the radical Islamistskicking young queer folks

out of their homesand making it unsafe for any...

making them feel unsafeanywhere but this gay bar,

and now they'renot even safe there.

Who are the radical Islamistspassing those laws?

Who are the radical Islamiststreating people that way.

Well, we did have one radicalIslamist shooting...

-killing 50 peopleover the weekend. -And so...

and so we can try to, like...But is that...

was thatthe motivating factor for him?

Was Islam the thing thattold him that... to hate people?

When I say "radical Islam,"I think it's someone

who has taken whatever theIslamic religion and culture is

and they've metastasized itinto this hatred of people

and killing of peopleas a way to get into Heaven.

I think maybe weshould have a ban on Heaven.

-I mean, I'm not even sure.What's going on? -(laughter)

I mean, but it's the...it's this complete disregard

for the current lifefor the promise

-of an afterlife. -Becausethat runs across religion.

-It's not just Islam. Right?-But the intense hatred of gays

and the killing of gayshappens in that...

And also happenswith Christianity.

-It happens right herewith Christianity. -Yeah.

So I just think that,like, trying to...

trying to pinpoint itand say that one thing...

I mean, this is also a guy,we have pictures of him

wearing NYPD T-shirts--are we gonna blame

the policefor his behavior now?

No, no, no, but he called...he called the police

he called the police anddeclared his allegiance to ISIS.

And ISIS hasmade no bones about...

about how they willkill everyone,

and homosexualshave been persecuted

in that part of the worldhorribly.

That's absolutely true, but thereason that we're trying to...

-This is his raison d'être.-Right. The reason that we're

-trying to... -He's the onethat told us this is why

-he's doing this, right? -Butthe reason that we're focusing

on that is so that we don't haveto take responsibility for it,

because we see thatas an outside threat.

I disagree. I think, no,the reason why we're focusing

on it here is 'cause he said it.He's the one that said it.

-I-I don't think so.-Look, it's like the guy

who killed the black people inchurch. He's the one that said,

"I hate black people, now I'mgonna shoot 'em". I believe him.

-And then the reas... -Whyshould I not believe this guy?

And then we try to...we try to, uh, focus that in on

some type of, uh,white supremacist hate

that he himself,uh, fostered, right?

And it's, like, no, this isthe whole entire country,

like, coming to... like, that'sthe history of the United States

coming to bearin this one moment.

Like, I don't-I don't think thatwe-we do ourselves any favor,

especially in a countrywhere mass shootings

-happen nearly every single day,right? -No, they do.

-They happen... they happentoo much. -Well... -C-Can...

Can I just... See, my issuewith this is yeah, he said

he was a... he saidhe pledged his self to ISIS

and all of that.And, yeah, that's a big issue.

We should deal with terrorism.I think that, you know, that,

uh, our president is definitelytrying to deal with terrorism.

But my issue is not whetherhe was a radical Islamist

or a Christian or whatever.

The fact he couldget an assault rifle so easy.

It's easier to get a gunthan (bleep) Hamilton tickets.

I mean, come on.

-(cheering, applause)-Come on.

That's the issue. (bleep)is camouflage to me, man.

-All that other stuffis camouflage. -And...

People don't get shot by aBible, they get shot by guns.

-Yeah. -They don't get shot bya Koran, they get shot by guns.

-Yeah.-That's how I feel about it.

And I think... I think theproblem, too, with this issue

is that it's so multi-layered.

You've got peoplewho are dealing with it

at the level of radical Islam,you've got people

who are dealing with it...about this mass homophobia

that we're talking aboutthat has not been focused on

in this issue as much as itneeds to be. How about the fact

it was almost 100% Latino peoplein this club? How about that?

-No mention of that. -Like,no mention of that at all.

Like, why aren't we talkingabout the fact that no matter

who you hate in this country,

it's so easy to get military-grade weapons and kill them.

WILMORE: Yeah, it's crazy.Do you-do you think...

I mean, we couldn't evenhave an adult conversation

with the children who werekilled, uh, in Sandy Hook.

-Was that... -No, months later,the senate turned down a bill

-that would've controlled guns.-Is there-is there any thought

that we can have an adultconversation about

doing something about peoplegetting assault rifles?

When we-we decided, as acountry, we were okay with it

when a bunch of white kids couldget mowed down in their school.

-Jesus. -Like, we... we weredone with the conversation

-at that point. -Listen, Ithought... I thought gun control

was gonna hit a new stridewhen that happened in Newtown

and nothing happened.And that's the problem.

We are fascinated by gunsand violence in this country.

And then... so, you know, it...it's too easy to get a gun.

You know what I mean?Everybody...

You know, it's like,in the Second Amendment.

Yeah, they put it in therebecause back then

the governmentwasn't as big as it is.

The fact that you have a gunis not gonna stop the government

from taking your landif they want to.

-You can't stop 'em.-WILMORE: Also...


Back then you had toload a musket.

-It took a while. -It took30 minutes to load a musket.

-Exactly.-Like, to shoot people.

You know what I'm saying?It's like...

You had the right to bear arms,you barely had the right

-to shoot them, it wastoo difficult. -Yes, exactly.

And the government was, like,12 people at the time, okay?

You could fight them.You can't fight our government.

They got (bleep) destroyers.You got a little pistol?

-WILMORE: Yeah, yeah, yeah,yeah. -Well, and that's...

-It's a dumb argument.-WILMORE: A well-armed militia.

And the whole thingabout this-- the response

to it has been so ridiculous.I mean, it's like,

I'm so sick of thoughtsand prayers.

-I want legislation and change.-YARD: That's what I want.

-Okay?-(cheering, applause)

-That's what I want.-Like...

And I'm extreme.I'm gonna keep it real.

-I'm extreme with gun control.-How-how are you extreme?

I don't think anybodyshould have a gun.

I think either you're gonna haveeverybody have a gun,

make guns mandatory,or nobody have a gun.

WILMORE:Everybody have a gun?

I believe that's the only wayto stop mass shootings.

Because if you go in a clubwith 300 people

and you pull out your gunand 300 guns

are pointing at you,you're going home.

-I-I...-(cheering, applause)

I think, uh...

THEDE: Mike's attractedto the Purge mentality.

I think you justdescribed Texas, right?

-Right there...-Exactly.

I still believe that the fuel

that, uh, is the gunpowder that

makes that bullet fry... uh, flyis the fuel of hatred,

and in this caseit was the hatred

-of gay people and homophobia.-THEDE: 100%, 100%. -YARD: Yeah.

Which definitely needs...we need to address.

All right, we'll be right back.

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