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.

100 thoughts on “Marsha P. Johnson Sparks the Stonewall Riots – Drunk History

  • 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…

  • Just had to add to the conversation everyone is already having, Crissle is amazing and I think I'm in love too 💕😝

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

  • I L❤️ ve her hair 💋💋💋 and I love this story. We came our way but there is still so much way to go. Never forget that 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

  • 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

  • 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 “minority group”. No one has to know that if you’re a woman that you love to lick 👅 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.

  • Check out “The 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! 😉

  • 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


    😂😂 I DIED 😂😂😂😂

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

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

  • 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!

  • This is disgusting. 1. Marsha identified as a man, he was a drag queen 2. The whole started because of Stormé 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.

  • "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 ˡᶦᵏᵉ ˢᵉʳᶦᵒᵘˢˡʸ.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Wow this is some intersectional bullshit socialism motherfucking nonsense. I’m bisexual but I believe we needed to stop at gays rights to marry each other.

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