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These People Failed Martin Luther King Jr. Day | The Daily Show

January 21, 2020

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a day when America
celebrates the legacy of one of its greatest
civil rights leaders and a day where black people
get to cut in line at Chipotle. At least, that’s my excuse. But what is
Martin Luther King Day, and how should people
celebrate it? Well, for more on this,
we turn to a man who has had many dreams
that no one wants to hear about. Roy Wood Jr., everybody. (cheering and applause) -Hey. -Welcome, Roy.
Welcome. Good to have you. Good to see you.
Good to see you, Mandela. Look, MLK Day is a special day
for America, and it’s a special day for me
as someone who has been mistaken for Martin Luther King Jr.
many times. (laughter) (cheering and applause) But… But as we get further
and further away from his life, it’s easy to forget
what he was really about, which means sometimes,
people celebrate him in a really (bleep)-up way. So today, I’d like to show y’all some of my favorite
MLK (bleep)-ups, like this one. NEWSWOMAN: The holiday didn’t go
as planned for some today. A business
in Duluth, Minnesota, created controversy
when promoting a sale in honor
of the civil rights leader. The sign posted
at the shop read, “MLK Day sale. 25% off everything black.” But the owner says
it was just misinterpreted. 25% off everything black.
He was black. He was proud. He looked good.
We were celebrating that. (laughter) Are you serious? For MLK Day, 25% off for black clothes? What it should be is 100% off
for black people. Free at last, free at last, pants, tops and coats
are free at last. (laughter and applause) Yeah, Roy, you know,
and what-what makes it worse is that if you read
Dr. King’s speeches, you’ll see that he, like,
he was opposed to consumerism
and wasteful capitalism. That’s right! Celebrating MLK Day with a sale is like commemorating Samuel L. Jackson Day
by whispering. That’s not what
the man stands for. It’s not like in the middle
of his “Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King just broke off going, “Remember me with savings
too insane to be believed. “I might not get to that store
with you, “but mine eyes have seen
the power of the discount! Come on, Coretta, let’s roll.” You know, it-it actually…
it actually is unfortunate, because it seems like
some white people are out of touch
with Dr. King’s legacy. Oh, it’s not just a white thing. In fact, Dr. King
might actually be proud that on his special day, people of all colors
and backgrounds have been (bleep) up. As we pause to honor Dr. King
this year, a flyer for a local event
that bears his image is causing quite a stir. But as NBC25’s Walter Smith
tells us right now, the party is now canceled. The party promoters
nowhere to be found. This poster has a lot of people
shaking their heads in disgust. It shows
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wearing a gold chain,
promoting a party called Freedom to Twerk. It was supposed to take place
at this club, but it’s been canceled. The owner says he’s disgusted, and there’ll be
no twerking here. (laughter) “There will be
no twerking here”? Sound like Gandalf
in a Tyler Perry movie. “There will be
no twerking here!” And then, you know, the strippers fly
all over the place. And also, how are you gonna
photoshop Dr. King with gold chains
to try and make him look cool? He was already cool. Look at the…
look at these real pictures of Dr. King
from back in the day. Look at him playing pool
in a suit. (cheering and applause) In a suit, right,
fresh from a march. That shot’s so cool,
it doesn’t matter if he misses. And here he is
making the library look cool. Standing in front of books
like they’re stacks of money. But this-this is my favorite
Martin Luther King: wearing sunglasses inside. Trevor, he could have taken
that call in private, but he left the door open
for the haters. (laughter) But maybe…
maybe the most popular activity on MLK Day is using his legacy
to push your own agenda, and no one has done it
in a more interesting fashion than this guy. I believe
that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King. And the truth is
I think Martin Luther King would agree with me
if he were alive today that if African Americans
had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one
of the country’s founding, then perhaps slavery
might not have been a chapter in our history. (groaning and laughter) Okay, okay. Hold on. I’m pretty sure on Dr. King’s
list of priorities, giving slaves guns
comes way below not having slaves
in the first place. -The logic…
-(cheering and applause) The logic makes no sense. This makes no sense.
How would you do that? Like, dude,
do you think the slave owners would have just had
a little chitchat? “Well, should we set them free?” “Oh, no, don’t set them free. Let’s make it interesting.
Give them shotguns.” Now, I will say this. If slaves did have guns, the movie Roots would have
only been 15 minutes long. “Your name is Tob… “Oh, whatever you want us
to call you. “That’s cool. What is it, Kunta? -Okay, we’ll call you Kunta.”
-Okay, so, Roy, we’ve seen people mess it up,
you know, with sales or, you know,
with their own agendas, but what is the proper way
to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy? Listen, man, it’s simple. MLK was for racial equality,
economic justice and stood against
the exploitation of the poor. And he did so
because he knew that one day, our great nation
would rise above bigotry, injustice and poverty, and, on that day, my friends, there will be twerking
for everyone, everywhere. Roy Wood Jr., everybody.


  • Reply Cory Goodman January 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    He was known as Martin Loser King for good reason!

  • Reply Kevin Leugan January 21, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Gun appreciation day on MLK day? The guy realizes MLK was assassinated WITH A GUN right? Does he also celebrate Nail appreciation day on Easter? Or maybe Tax appreciation day on July 4th.

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  • Reply Dawn January 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    The mental gymnastics some people can do…

  • Reply christineg131 January 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Iโ€™m a WHITE man an have always respected MLK WORDS , seeing this makes my blood boil, a man who has actually done something an STOOD for something, is mocked ?…..making jokes on his memory day ,,,,,, WTF is wrong with you people , fu#$ing disgrace to his honor ๐Ÿคฌ

  • Reply Phyel Richardson January 21, 2020 at 7:27 pm big pp alert hot noods

  • Reply Todd Stafford January 21, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    No place completely screws up MLK Day more than Mississippi. The state legislature somehow thought it would be a good idea to create a state holiday named confederate memorial day and to make it the same day as MLK Day

  • Reply Da 20 Ni 20 January 21, 2020 at 7:29 pm

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  • Reply Xyxen8hydra January 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    Get this video to a million veiws

  • Reply NoalFarstrider January 21, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Instead of 25% off, she should of only charged 3/5th's. . . ………

    Disclaimer: This is a Joke.

  • Reply Bruce strkland January 21, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Slaves at Gamble plantation were armed. Indian land. Florida ๐ŸŒด. Indian attack. Just FYI

  • Reply Erin Urbanus January 21, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Really when someone, especially a super white guy with guns, says that he thinks MLK would agree with him for some point it just makes you cringe inside.

  • Reply Dancing is forbidden January 21, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    After the MLK died came the gangs drugs and Destruction of the black family

  • Reply Ross Parlette January 21, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    As a friend of mine says, It's hard to argue with logic like that.

  • Reply NoIQ Redz January 21, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Selling active credit cards with all information attatched for $15 each I have 300+ cards all have over $250 on it text me on snap or on telegram @unknownservers

  • Reply theoriginaljean January 21, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    This is so weird and uncomfortable. But whatever Iโ€™m probably just a racist in disguise.

  • Reply James Ramirez January 21, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    โ€œFree at last, Free at last for black Pants, Tops & Coats, Free at Last!โ€ LOL

  • Reply We Have Fashion January 21, 2020 at 7:56 pm

  • Reply Carolina In My Mind January 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hey, please out an abused dog. The owners leave it chained outside and unattended regularly. This video was shot when it was 24 degrees out and wind chills in the teens. The more views, the more likely I can get something done about it. Hobbes and I thank you.

  • Reply Holli The Exalted Empress January 21, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    That white man speaks the most truth I have heard today.

  • Reply Always Winning January 21, 2020 at 8:03 pm


  • Reply Brent Rhodes January 21, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Why is this trending? YouTube manipulation no doubt.

  • Reply NewDrew2 January 21, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    This show is more educational than the US school system!

  • Reply shadowmoon huntresmoon January 21, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Everytime I read Dr. Martin Luther king jr free at last, makes me cry. I read it n really take in his words. How powerful this man was. How much good he could have done. In his short life he did so much. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he wasn't murder. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  • Reply Marty Majix January 21, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    MLK told us correctly that Their War is Our War.

  • Reply Bobby Nelson January 21, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Martin Luther king Jr. Would have decapitated Don Lemon… !! For even saying he was a Black Citizen..

  • Reply Qwerty Zxcvbn January 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Of course a gun but tries to use MLK to push an agenda. Republicans are pathetic

  • Reply Liam January 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    The only people who failed Martin Luther king jr day is the lack community and there rap and drugs and killings and gangs

  • Reply John Triplett January 21, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    This guy is not even American. I wish these Globalist commies would stay out of our business

  • Reply Marty Majix January 21, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Free At Last, Free at Last/ It's almost Free At Last.

  • Reply therock238360 January 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    2:34 isnโ€™t that like that one episode of The Boondocks

  • Reply Sues Anna January 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Gun appreciation day on the same day as MLK day?!?! Are you kidding me. This man was shot and killed. This is why we need #blacklifesmatter. Iโ€™m German and white but I support this movement because racism is discusting and a cancer to every society. There is only one race the human race. I do see color and I like every color I see.

  • Reply colincreates January 21, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I just made the world's largest Oreo on my Youtube channel lol

  • Reply Victoria January 21, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Let's make it interesting let's give them shotguns ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Keye Haze January 21, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    "Freedom To Twerk" lmaoo
    ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜‚. smh๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  • Reply Beni Hey January 21, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Oh. Count me in.

  • Reply Lemonade Strip January 21, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Mmmmmmm milk day

  • Reply jean dubi January 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Jeremiah 23

    25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

    26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

  • Reply ZenobiatheAngry BlackWomanRussell January 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Why does Roy ACTUALLY look like Martin Luther King Jr….

  • Reply BETTER THAN YOU (I AM A WRESTLING GOD) January 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I don't think MLK would have minded the strip club thing. He was a notorious adulterer.

  • Reply Ann Codinah January 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Pushing the free for blks aren't they

  • Reply asian boi January 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I'm surprised they didn't make a 60% off (3/5 of a man reference. No racism intended).

  • Reply jean dubi January 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Sirach 6

    13 Separate thyself from thy enemies, and take heed of thy friends.
    14 A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found him, hath found a treasure.
    15 Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the goodness of his fidelity.

  • Reply J Hud Hudson January 21, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Two dummies, this the type of shit you tube let fly

  • Reply Christopher Columbus January 21, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Boondocks made a good episode about this

  • Reply Christopher Columbus January 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    MLK did not just affected blacks. he affected the Asians, Mexicans, and change perspectives if whites. He did so much

  • Reply Kyan January 21, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    MLK fought hard against slavery, inequalities, discrimination, racism, and much more…
    Here we are centuries later with people begging for imperialism. To be someone's doormat, or overruled by a "King" figure.

  • Reply Guess Who This Is January 21, 2020 at 8:35 pm


  • Reply Nataliya dash January 21, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    93 % of people in this world are still slaves today! Dosen't matter what color skin we are. To the paper out of all things! MONEY. CREDIT SLAVES!!

  • Reply SmithN' Wesson January 21, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Or Perhaps you failed him ya race baiting 3rd rate comedian ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Reply Blondie053 January 21, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    MLK was a serial adulterer, liar, plagiarized his speeches, communist, his. Are wasnโ€™t even MLK it was Michael king. He fooled all you idiots as did Rosa parks who was a communist too and her fake bus ride was a planned hoax. MLK when he died was in a hotel room with two prostitutes. He was illiterate and his speeches stolen. Itโ€™s on YouTube. Just like your White hating racist liars thieves and criminals Obamaโ€™s almost destroyed the US with race wars riots looting racism police killed assaults on White people, black on white crime and killing skyrocketed, black panther voter intimidation, friends with racist Farrakhan and Sharpton whoโ€™s incited violence racism and murder against White people for decades and you cared less. They are all violent domestic terrorist racist who deserved to all be in leg irons in prison for their racism, lies, violence inciting and treason

  • Reply Andrew Brick January 21, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    "wasteful capitalism"
    I think you mean "capitalism"

  • Reply Zach Perkins January 21, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Tell me why the local library was open ๐Ÿง

  • Reply DatsO Beatz January 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  • Reply Saitama January 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I thought Roy Wood was Stanley from the Office in the Thumbnail

  • Reply Itโ€™s MeHereGuys Yo January 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    โ€œ no Justice no peaceโ€ that is the biggest failure to MLKโ€™s no violence protest.

  • Reply Meera Naidu January 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I had to come back and look at this video again. Because I was in a YouTube wormhole and watched a video about 'are all cops racist?' and no kidding , Roy Wood Jr. just looked way darker skinned in that one. Is my screen all weird? Or are the two videos shot in different ways?

  • Reply Nappy _Boyshawnn January 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Naw this was kinda distasteful

  • Reply z January 21, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Yang gang!

  • Reply Leo Rayon January 21, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    as a black man I find this kind of repulsive and distasteful. Im sorry but this whole thing is just disrespectful.

  • Reply Booty Messiah January 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Light skins passed as Mexicans back in the day GTFOH.

  • Reply Racquel White January 21, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Iโ€™m so ashamed Duluth man is the city I live in ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply TheoreticallyDan January 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Martin Luther King Jr. : "Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all Godโ€™s children.โ€, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.โ€

  • Reply Balsha 18 January 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm


  • Reply Alex Morales January 21, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Stfuu if MLK was alive these same idiots who are left and in the comments would call him an alt right nazi ..

  • Reply yakyakyak69 January 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    MLK was Anti-Racism.
    Trevor Noah, like all "Progressive" Fascist-Socialists is a racebaiting Racist.
    Total Opposites.

  • Reply Here's An Idea! January 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    "MLK was opposed to wasteful capitalism"

    Phew that was a close one, you almost let people know that he was actually a socialist. He literally said that capitalism had outlived its usefulness.

  • Reply Ricky Trujillo-Weygint January 21, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    your such a putz.

  • Reply Weik-293 January 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Somehow I imagine that the non-violent peacful protest Dr. King would not support "gun appreciation day"

  • Reply Skylight 7 January 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Love you Trevor๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’•

  • Reply Sunamer Z January 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Wow…Trevor talking about one of the greatest blacks here… white race baiting as usual.
    Shaking my %ucking head…

  • Reply You're Nemesis January 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    MLK โšฐโšฐโšฐโšฐโšฐ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•

  • Reply RockieTV January 21, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    OMG watch this!!!!!!

  • Reply XxI_sell_elotes xX January 21, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Whos here cause its #3 on trending

  • Reply Rebelle Nomad January 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    The proper way to celebrate MLK is to VOTE for ANDREW YANG IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Tough Nation January 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm

  • Reply Michael Driggers January 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    100% off for black people? That is special treatment and MLK would be against that. He wanted equality not preferential treatment.

  • Reply BuildingCenter January 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I hate it when entertainers gloss over historical facts to make jokes. Roy Woods Jr knows full-well that Dr. King left the phone booth open for safety reasons: Can't have all that heat up in that little Superman changing room. Real heroes need room.

  • Reply Gin Atkins January 21, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you for being so cool and funny, you made me laugh! Peace, brother!

  • Reply good January 21, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Germany Arrests Afghan Migrant in Iran espionage case, a military man who who was leaking intelligent information to the Iran Government.
    Ukraine President Zelenskiy refused and don't involve us in U.S Politics. ,
    and Vadim Prystalko, Ukrainian Foreign Minister refused he doesn't know Parnas in the CNN interview and never see him
    . I am very happy , Mr Trump understand spiritual world, and have Jesus-like dominion . All These witches /fortune tellers socialists and their agendas are exposed.

  • Reply Hakimbo Bola January 21, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Damn, even i got Black Fatigue.

  • Reply Blake Anderson January 21, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    So scripted, hard to watch

  • Reply K. Floyd January 21, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Meanwhile in ATL during the MLK Day Weekend. All the bottoms get trains ran on them in homage of the "Freedom Train" #TheMoreYouKnow

  • Reply John Lawer January 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would likely lead a prayer of worship, to honor Christ our benefactor.

  • Reply Nw46784 January 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    1% off of white cloths. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Reply Jaymie January 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Larry Ward… dude… stop… There are so much wrong in that statement that it hurts

  • Reply Esmรฉ D.V. January 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    tbh Roy Wood Jr should be the HOST

  • Reply My Name Is Not That Hard To Spell January 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    He says MLK Jr would have wanted guns… MLK was shot

  • Reply Mystery Playa January 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Did they just say MLK was a communist who hated capitalism ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Lt. Fireguy January 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    MLk could be disgusted with most of today's race baiters on the left.

  • Reply Nw46784 January 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    The slavery conversation will never end because itโ€™s too convenient for some people. If it really was an issue of skin color we could have moved past this a long time ago but too many people are afraid to talk about the whole truth of the matter, the Spaniards being the number one slave traders on the globe, not the English, โ€œwhite peopleโ€. African Americans selling their own people into slavery from Africa.
    One of the richest slave owners in America actually being an African-American.

  • Reply Yobogoya January 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    MLK was shot, you dumbass, no he wouldn't support your pro-gun horseshit. Some people you just gotta laugh at…

  • Reply Maxy and Apollo January 21, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Best fucking way to make money

  • Reply Alix90955 Alix90955 January 21, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Anyone else got a ad about gay people?

  • Reply John Smith January 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    MLK is documented as a rapist. The FBI records have been unsealed.

  • Reply Nathan Edmonds January 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    k, 1. the point was not that MLK would want slaves to have guns for the sake of everyone having guns. The point wass that if blacks had guns to begin with, they would never have been slaves in the first place. The guy is still kinda wrong, because all slaves were initially sold into slavery by fellow africans. 2. Trevor and his little friend made an ironically funny joke because the people who primarily use MLK to push an agenda are generally not the ones pushing for guns. See all the news stations talking about the Virginia gun rights march being a bunch of white supremacists looking to hurt someone, when in fact it is a very mixed group of people, and there have been precisely 0 crimes committed by said march. Not looking to start an argument, I just noticed this and I wanted to put it out there.

  • Reply Olivia January 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Gwa Gwa Gwa Gwa Gwa

  • Reply Crazando anonymous January 21, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    The last one was only silly because Martin Luther King was anti-violence

  • Reply Calvin I January 21, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    What an embarrassment. Canโ€™t believe blacks actually side with foolish leftist ideology. These people mock our greatest leaders for a white audience with a sellout mixed Host.

  • Reply Ty Freestylekingg January 21, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Go fw this why not ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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