Marsha P. Johnson Sparks the Stonewall Riots – Drunk History

I’m honestly so happy right now.– Me too.– Hi!
Just kidding. – [laughing] – Hello, I’m Crissle West,
and today, we’re going to discuss
Marsha P. Johnson.So, the story beginsin the middle of
New York City,
in the Village,
on Christopher Street,
and back then, you know,New York had a growing
LGBT population.
So, basically,
the non-straight population
had a bunch of bars and stuffin Greenwich Village,
and so,
you know, all the queer kids
would go down to the Village and be like,We’re here to be ourselves.But these people didn’t have
a sense of community.Like, this was a point in timewhere you came out
as being trans,
and you were just
kicked out of the house.
Like, and nobody gave
a [bleep] about you.
And that was kind of
what happened to Marsha.
Like, she was a queer person
growing up in Jersey.Okay, so she would
get on the train in Jersey,
um, dressed as Malcolm,
which was her birth name,
and then on the way over
from Jersey to New York,
transform into Marsha
with, you know,
beer cans and pop cans,
uh, for rollers.
Just like,
I’m Marsha P. Johnson, bitch,
and if you don’t like it,
you go to hell.
Like, here I am, ho.
What you gonna do?
– Mm-hmm.
– [laughing] – You have the best
laugh in the world. I love it.
– Oh, God!
Whoo! Anyways.
– Yeah. – The 1960s is a very
tumultuous time for the United States
of America. Because every minority group
imaginableis tired of the status quo.Okay, so there was a group
of officers
in New York City
called the Public Moral Squad,
which is ridiculous,
because when in the [bleep] have morals been a part
of this God damn city? Like, the city’s trash,
and the Public Moral Squadtook their orders
directly from the mayor.
The mayor was like,
I want you to go shut down
the [bleep] gay bars.I’m sick of them mother[bleep]putting they [bleep]
on people’s asses,
and it’s time to be over.So, the night at Stonewall,
June 18th–
or 28th.
June 28th.
I know it was one of the 8s. [laughter] Oh, God.So, that night,Charles Smythe and
Seymour Pine,
they walked into the
Stonewall Inn, and they said,
Hey, bitch![clapping]
We here!
And [bleep] is under
mother[bleep] arrest.
Sit your gay ass down,and wait for us toverify your mother[bleep] I.D.with your [bleep]
mother[bleep] genitals!
[crashing][laughing] Sorry, tree. [laughter]And the trans girls was like,
Oh, no, bitch.
We didn’t ask for this.And some people were, like,
freaking out,
and trying to, like,
go for the exits,
but the police had barricaded
the whole thing.
And Marsha says,
You know what?
Today is not
the mother[bleep] day!Today is the day that I say no
to this bull[bleep].
Like, y’all are not going
to continue
to run us, to dictatewhat our lives should be like.T-t-to dish–to dic-tratewhat our lives
are supposed to be like.
You’re not in charge
any [bleep] more.
We’re here, and as long as we
have to pay taxes,
you’re gonna have to listen to
what the [bleep]
that we have to shay–
we have to sh–
to shay.To say!So Marsha P. Johnson
stood the [bleep] up,and she picked up
a shot glass,
and she smashed that [bleep]
against the mirror and said,
I got my civil rights!She had had enough that
mother[bleep] day.So, during the Stonewall riots,
that first night,
all these members
of the gay community started gathering outside.Marsha, she’s thinking, like,
Oh, my God.
There’s so many of, like, us.There’s 500 of this–of us.By the time backup showed up
to Christopher Street, it was way too late.Some of the rioters
threw rocks and [bleep].
Others found bricks and
[bleep], and they’re like,
We’re gonna [bleep] it up
by any means necessary.
– [laughing] Oh, God.
– It was good. – I told myself I was not
gonna get drunk this time. I don’t know how I thought
that was gonna work. [laughter] Okay. So, the people
at Stonewall that night realized there’s
a community of us.It’s not just 20 of us
on [bleep] Wednesday night
when it’s half off–
there’s a whole group of us
who are here
in this gay [bleep]
and you’re not
going to erase us
from the mother[bleep]
conversation no more.
So, Marsha says, Ultimately,humanness wins.
– Yes.
– Ultimately, people win.
– Yeah.
– That night,
and then the next one, constitute the Stonewall Riots, and that is what got the wholegay rights movement in Americastarted off.– Like, that gives me chills.– It’s the shot glass heard
around the world.
A few weeks later,Marsha and her friend Sylviaformed the Street TransvestiteAct–Reaction Evolution.Which is not words we–
we would use to gay–
today, obviously,
it would be more like, Street Trans-vendor. Transgender, I mean. Not trans-vinegar, yeah, it’s
not like that [bleep].Basically, Marsha and Sylviawere out there in the ’60sand ’70s just trying to getthese trans kids
a place to live.
She really was a badass.
– Yeah. – And so brave–like, I would
not have been that brave. In the ’60s and ’70s? I mean, it was bad enough
being black. – Right.
– But add in a queer identity, and then a–a queer gender
identity too? It was a lot.
It was a lot. And she still faced it. But truly? Black people deserve to be
on all this [bleep]. – Mm-hmm.
– Black people and Sacagawea. Who needs to get off
the God damn coin and onto some [bleep]
paper money. [laughter] Because this our [bleep].
– Yeah.

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  • Nobody was killed at stonewall

  • He always be fallin in love with the black girls lol

  • I noticed it too…she is super hot as fuck and so funny… love her!! I would risk it all for her too πŸ˜‰

  • Derek knows psychology,he's not crushing he wants to make the other person comfortable.that's also why he says "I love u" at random times alot.

  • She said dictate at first thought she said it wrong then fucked up the rest of the way but she said dictrate and thought it was spelled right so she went with it

  • Don't mean to be offensive or nothing but I used to not like 4c (tightest African curls) hair but this video changed my mind because this woman has got a beautiful head of hair

  • My take is that Judy Garland's death was the catalyst to the Stonewall Riots. She had died that same week, the gays were in a state of mourning when the police decided to harass them. Pissed off, that's when the riots happened. Could be wrong, though…

  • RIP MARSHA P !!!! πŸ’•πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  • Man, there is a documentary about this I think. Heartbreaking

  • My hair looks like the storytellers hair when I blow dry my hair quick AF. Prior to mousse application.

  • When I look at Derek all I can hear is "Girl you look GOOD won't you back that thing up"πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œ

  • That hair is hypnotizing …I love it

  • Just had to add to the conversation everyone is already having, Crissle is amazing and I think I'm in love too πŸ’•πŸ˜

  • I love her hair 😍😭

  • Everyone say thank you miss Marsha

  • Lmfao. Awesome story telling πŸ˜…

  • Omg omgeeee πŸ˜… thus the funniest episode everrrrr bruh

  • Ugh yet another history butchered by this bs Comedy Central bs show

  • Derek always looks so creepy watching….like he's thinking about how they're going to taste after he butcher's them and fries them up, while drinking from their own "Drunk history glass."

  • i appreciate this story, but honestly it would have been better to have a trans actor actually playing Marth P Johnson

  • β€œHey bitchπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ we here” πŸ˜‚

  • Love that they included Sylvia Rivera

  • Black people and Native Americans…. This our shit! Bow down!

  • CRISSLE!!!! #TheReadStan

  • Kinda sad they didn't get a trans actress to play Marsha's role. But overall, loved it.

  • Her hair needs it’s own zip code.

  • I’ve watched this atleast 5 times and never realized she said tired of those mfs putting they tongues in people asses πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Black women are the best storytellers, like seriously! They should be the only ones here to do thisπŸ‘

  • Her cup is almost empty at 2:14 and then refills at 2:16

  • I wish they hadn't started with "New York had a growing LGBTQ population," as though LGBTQ people didn't exist there before and were suddenly appeared out of thin air.

  • Stonewall Inn, along with other bars disapproved of drag queens entering their bars.

  • The STONEWALL INN was owned by the GenoveseΒ crime family and was a habitatual health code violator and a fire-hazard. Find a better LGBTQ landmark!

  • 3:20she had the chance to say "We're here and we're queer"

  • I L❀️ ve her hair πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ and I love this story. We came our way but there is still so much way to go. Never forget that πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  • 3 things: First, she is super annoying when she's drunk and a little aggressive. Second, Derek either really wants her…or he's trying not to blow a fuse. I can't tell if he's furious or in love. Third, I like Sacagawea on a coin. Coins are more permanent and resilient than paper. A coin might not be worth as much as most paper money, but in grit and sturdiness, it holds fast. Paper is lost in the washing machine of humanity. Benjamin Franklin is the only person who MIGHT deserve to be on a bill. George Washington didn't even want to fight for the country or be a President. People just liked him and peer pressured him into doing it. Hamilton was a murderer and con artist. Grant's administration was loaded with scandals are money crimes. Jackson had his own controversies. Abraham Lincoln only cared about the financial losses he would take if the South continued to do business with France vs the North, which is the primary reason he pushed for the Civil War. Slavery was low on his list, but he had to appear the humanitarian. That would crush the South's economy and allow him to take over (Reconstruction period). I prefer people of noble intention to hold face on a coin, because the ideals and traits of most of those men, were as thin and disposable as paper.
    Also me: Buying scotch tape for $2.58 at Walmart with my debit card so I can tape a $5 bill back together that I found in the parking lot

  • interviewer dude has a crush on this one. usually he's all like 'ugh you're drunk, my job is talking to drunk ass people, what a drag' but he has a huge crush on this narrator

  • omg shes so funny. I love how she shakes her head around so much

  • 1:45 OMG! πŸ˜†


  • that babe has bangin hair

  • But it makes it seem like she was a real female … why not use a real m4f. …. Her birth name was Malcolm Michaels, Jr.

  • 3:13 tho!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!

  • One thing that was wrong is when they insinuated that Marcia's parents n family did not accept her and kicked her out when that is not true they loved her no matter what! Her family still gets fans of hers to this day! They fully accepted their daughter! Now a majority of other parents didn't but I wouldn't want Marcia's parents in that hateful mix!

  • Who you fuck in the privacy of your bedroom should not be a criteria for being a β€œminority group”. No one has to know that if you’re a woman that you love to lick πŸ‘… pussy or if you’re a man that you love to suck dick and take it up the ass. Stop it already. Besides, at this point everybody and their mama (except me and a few others) are gay anyway so being heterosexual is a minority at this point but you don’t see me bitching and moaning for civil rights.

  • she's got hair for days.

  • we here we queer

  • Am I the only one tripping about her leg at 1:32 ?

  • holy shit the actress who plays marsha is so adorable

  • It's the Derek X Crissle fanclub up in the comments. It ain't happenin', yall!

  • Police officer: wait for us to verify your motherf**king genitals

  • Check out β€œThe Stonewall You know is a Myth. And that’s ok”
    I love Drunk history but they didn’t do their homework because this is riddled with inaccuracies… Maybe the alcohol? Lol For instance as lovely as she was, Marsha didn’t even arrive until the fire had started long after the initial raid.. Watch that video if you want to hear eyewitness accounts from men & women who were there, historians as well as taped statements from Marsha & Sylvia. I’ll still keep watching Drunk History though! πŸ˜‰

  • i felt a bit weird hearing Marsha's deadname… she is drunk tho :')

  • Imagine throwing a huge crusade over the blasphemy that is misgendering, and then misgendering a transvestite just so you can pretend you have an icon for representation

  • Love me Tracy 😭😭😍😍

  • β€œAY BITCH πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»WE HERE!!!! AND S πŸ’©T IS UNDER MOTHERF πŸ¦† ING ARREST!”

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I DIED πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • her hair is sooo pretty 😍😍

  • Silvia 😍

  • you have the best laugh in the world. i love- yeah

  • Oooh man I love Crizzles hair, it's like a fluffy cloud filled with thunder!

  • She needs to stfu at the end

  • Crissles is great…. Her and Kid Fury

  • i love :56 which is clearly someone's house with a sign- "Luxury Apartments"- taped to the living room door

  • Crissle West is so damn beautiful I don't know how to cope with that
    So fucking gorgeous

  • 2019. Still disturbingly. Degenerates

  • When a drunk ramble about stonewall is more entertaining and accurate than a Stonewall- the movie with a Hollywood budget.

  • God this Moves My Heart Makes me Cry thank Goodness They did help and Get Helped For Sure !

  • "hey bitch! we here"

  • β€œlike when has there been morals in this city, this city is fuckin trash”

  • RIP Sylivia Rivera✊🏾. A legend.

  • Not my Quote "I'm here I'm queer and I'm not going nowhere"

  • damn all that and they still 1. watered down police violence against queer people and 2. had a cis woman play marsha.

  • Sit your gay ass down!!!!! I cant stop laughing

  • I love this girl period.

  • RIP Marsha. She was brutally murdered found floating in river. She is a pioneer to all trans peoplem

  • He is so in love with her lol

  • Go Marsha! That's my girl πŸ€©πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘‘

  • Derek's thirst for Crissle is so strong in this video.

  • I'm now a fan of crissle

  • All the fucking straight white boys and the occasional mogai tumblr kid in the comments just. Make me want to take a step back.

  • ok was that sexual tension between them…?

  • nobody like to bow down..but respect to the movement

  • I watched the Netflix documentary the Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson last year, which was amazin. I'm glad Drunk History highlighted her. Well done Derek!

  • Me 1 second into the video: omg, I love her hair!!😍😍

  • This is disgusting. 1. Marsha identified as a man, he was a drag queen 2. The whole started because of StormΓ© Delarverie, a biracial lesbian. STOP ERASING WOMEN FROM LGBT HISTORY

  • This is one of my least favorite parts of civil rights history because absolutely no one has a consensus on what happened or who was there. There's also the matter of people saying "Oh, my sexuality was there. Oh my sexuality was there, oh my sexuality was there." Please, enough. I assume that everyone was there, you don't need to try to score points for the team you bat for, it distracts from the importance of the event as a whole.

  • The Gaydar ckecks out.

  • "We're here and as long as we pay – as we have to pay taxes you're gonna have to listen to what the frick we have to say. " Yeah I feel that, but I just wish that wasn't still so relatable for young people, queer people, and like all people in a sense in the United States. Our country has some problems ˑᢦᡏᡉ Λ’α΅‰Κ³αΆ¦α΅’α΅˜Λ’Λ‘ΚΈ.

  • Most of this is correct but,The Stonewall,like most Gay Bars in the Village, was owned by the Local Italian Mafia and the Cops went in to the Stonewall as a way to Fuck With the Mafia who may not have paid their Payoff that week.The cops singled out the Gay Bars for those two reasons.The Gay community was as much in the shadows as the Mafia and they were easy to exploit and abuse.

  • Derek, just shoot your shot when you guys sober up.

  • Remember our fucking roots. NO COPS AT PRIDE.

  • WTF is she wearing where normal peoples hair is?

  • Is the friend that is represented here (of Marsha) Sylvia Rivera? Just curious because I knew that they were friends.

  • Its 1960 but Im seeing 2019 Cadilacs in the background.

  • I wonder if the host of this show ever gets laid by any of the guests… I love this show…

  • the Mafia ran the stonewall bar….because there like, we don't care if you wear a dress money is green and it spends the same……So Fooooooggggggeeeettttt aaaaabbbbboooouuuut iiiiittttt……

  • Okay yeah Marsha P. Johnson was an awesome LGBTQ activist but she didn't even start the stonewall riots, she got there at 2 in the morning well after the riots had begun (granted she did still play a pivotal role, more so kerosene than a match). But I guess hilarity by drunkenness qualifies as an excuse to not be 100% accurate.

  • 2:21 All-time favorite drunk history moment.

  • "Transvender"
    I used to be a girl, but now I sell hot dogs from a cart on the sidewalk.

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