Nightly! Nightly! - Beyonce's Sweatshop Scandal

June 13, 2016 - Mychal Denzel Smith 06/13/2016 Views: 1,229

Entertainment journalist Grace Parra investigates Beyonce's rumored use of sweatshop factories in Sri Lanka. (4:09)

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)