October 12, 2016


'Drunk History' Intoxicatingly Recounts Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots in New York City served as a turning point in civil rights history when a group of LGBT folks resisted arrest in a West Village bar on June 28, 1969. The bar itself was just made a historical landmark in June, and now, the event has made it into Comedy Central's Drunk History series.

Crissle West recounts the story of Marsha P. Johnson and her oppressed friends, who were refused to be themselves, along with housing and jobs. Johnson helped spark the riots, which led to hundreds of New Yorkers coursing through Christopher Street, protesting the police who were trying to shut down LGBT nightlife.

The 2015 retelling of the riots in the Stonewall film was largely derided, so six minutes of hilarious storytelling might fare a little better.

Below, watch metal master Otep Shamaya talk about what it was like playing Russia while remaining severely critical of the country's treatment of its LGBT citizens: