May 15, 2013 - Cyndi Lauper

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The UN describes bugs as "mini-livestock," Congresswoman Gwen Moore rides shotgun, and Cyndi Lauper outlines her Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

I HOPE YOU CAN TELL AT HOME,

THESE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ARE

TRUE BELIEVERS.

MEMBERS OF THE NATION AND HEROES

ONE AND ALL.

THANK YOU.

FOLKS, IF YOU WATCH THIS SHOW, I

DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I AM

UN-FOND OF THE U.N.

THESE DAGS HAMMER SCOLDS ARE

HELL BENT ON TAKING AWAY OUR

GUNS AND THEN FORCING US TO

SPEAK ESPERANTO.

YOU CAN HAVE MY GUNS WHEN I PRY

THEM FROM MY MALVARMAJ MANOJ

MORTITAJ.

AND I MEAN THAT.

BUT NOW THE U.N. HAS DONE

SOMETHING TRULY UNFORGIVABLE.

>> THE U.N. HAS A NEW SOLUTION

TO FIGHT HUNGER: BUGS.

>> THE U.N. SAYS CREATURES LIKE

SCORPIONS, CICADAS AND LOCUSTS

ARE A HEALTHY SOURCE OF FAT,

PROTEIN AND FIBER.

>> Stephen: THE U.N. BULLIES

WANT TO MAKE US EAT A BUG.

WHAT'S NEXT?

SOLVE THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS

THROUGH SUSTAINABLE SWIRLIES?

AND FOLKS, I FOR ONE DO NOT BUY

THE U.N. CLAIMS THAT, QUOTE,

MINI-LIVESTOCK OFFER LIVELIHOOD

OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH URBAN AND

RURAL PEOPLE.

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

MINI-LIVESTOCK.

SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE U.N., ALL YOU

NEW YORKERS WITH BED BUGS ARE

TECHNICALLY RANCHERS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

WELL, FOLKS, YOU WILL NEVER

CATCH ME EATING BUGS.

I DON'T EVEN EAT GUMMY WORMS.

I JUST USE THEM TO CATCH SWEDISH

FISH.

AND I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY TO

THE U.N.

YOU FIRST, GENTLEMEN, BECAUSE

FROM WHAT I HEAR, YOUR DELEGATES

ARE SHUTTLED BY FLEETS OF

BENTLEYS AND MERCEDES BENZES TO

DINE AT UPSCALE SPOTS LIKE

HARRY'S BAR AND CIPRIANI WHERE

I'M PRETTY SURE THEIR COQ AU

IS NOT MADE FROM COQ-A-ROACHES

FOUND IN A VAN.

VIGILANCE.

OH, HI.

I WAS JUST TAKING A MID-SHOW

BREAK TO ENJOY A REFRESHING CAN

OF MILWAUKEE'S BEST.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

WHICH GOT ITS NAME BECAUSE IT'S

THE BEST WAY TO WASH OUT THE

TASTE OF OLD MILWAUKEE.

AND THESE TWO BEERS COME FROM

THE 70th INSTALLMENT OF MY

434-PART SERIES "BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT."

TONIGHT WISCONSIN'S FOURTH, THE

FIGHTIN' FOURTH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THE FOURTH CONTAINS MILWAUKEE

WHERE THE HARLEY DAVIDSON

COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN 1903 WITH

THE MISSION OF CREATING

BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC BIKES SO THAT

SOME A-HOLE CAN WAKE YOU UP AT

5:00 A.M. BECAUSE "YOU'VE GOT TO

WARM IT UP FOR AN HOUR, RIGHT"

THE FOURTH HAS BEEN HOME TO SUCH

NOTABLE RESIDENTS AS SPENCER

TRACY, GENE WILDER AND LIBERACE

WHO SPENT YEARS CONCEALING A

DARK SECRET: HE'S FROM

WISCONSIN.

MILWAUKEE, OF COURSE, WAS THE

LOCALE OF THE ICONIC SITCOMS

HAPPY DAYS AND LAVERNE AND

SHIRLEY, TWO GROWN WOMEN WHO

WORK IN A FACTORY AND LIVE

TOGETHER AS ROOMMATES.

COME ON.

I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THAT L

STANDS FOR.

I MEAN SCHLEMIEL, SCHLIMAZEL OR

AS THEY CALL IT SCISSORING.

THE FOURTH IS ALSO HOME TO MAJOR

LEAGUE BASEBALL'S MILWAUKEE

BREWERS IN RECOGNITION OF THE

CITY'S BEER INDUSTRY AND IF YOU

DRINK ENOUGH OF THEIR SIGNATURE

PRODUCT, EVERY NIGHT IS

BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT.

AND WHO HAS THE SQUIGGIES TO

REPRESENT THE FOURTH?

IT'S NONE OTHER THAN FIVE-TERM

CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE.

I SAT DOWN WITH CONGRESSWOMAN

MOORE IN HER WASHINGTON OFFICE.

CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US TODAY.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTIN' FOURTH.

>> I CAN TELL YOU IT IS ONE OF

THE MOST DIVERSE DISTRICTS IN

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND THE SECOND

WOMAN IN CONGRESS FROM

WISCONSIN.

IS THAT TRUE?

>> TRUE.

Stephen: I ASSUME YOU GOT THE

JOB THROUGH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT.

WISCONSIN IS LIKE 96% WHITE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY I WAS

WONDERING HOW YOU GOT ELECTED.

LOGICALLY...

>> WELL, IT HAD BEEN A WHITE

CONGRESS PERSON UNTIL I CAME

ALONG.

>> Stephen: DID THEY HAVE TO

HAVE ONE BLACK PERSON.

>> I ADMITTED TO THEM THAT I WAS

BLACK.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE OPENLY BLACK.

I'M OPENLY BLACK.

Stephen: WHEN DID YOU FIRST

REALIZE YOU WERE BLACK?

>> WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

THE LITTLE GIRL IN MY

NEIGHBORHOOD ASKED HER MOM, YOU

KNOW, WAS I CHOCOLATE?

>> Stephen: CONGRESSWOMAN, ARE

YOU CHOCOLATE?

DOES THAT MAKE ME VANILLA?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

Stephen: COULD I BE

CHOCOLATE?

>> IT'S VERY POSSIBLE THAT YOU

COULD HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE IN

YOU.

WE'RE ALL MIXED UP WITH A LOT OF

STUFF.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

VANILLA, A LITTLE MINT IN THERE

SOMETIMES.

>> Stephen: IS THAT GAY?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

>> I DON'T KNOW, MINTY, KIND OF

IRISH.

>> Stephen: OH, IRISH.

IRISH PEOPLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY

GAY IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

>> I DIDN'T SAY THAT.

Stephen: YOU SAID MINTY.

THAT'S KIND OF A GAY FLAVOR.

OH, YEAH, THAT GUY HAS GOT MORE

THAN A HINT OF MINT.

>> I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT AND I

LOVE MINT.

>> Stephen: WELL...

YOU NEVER KNOW.

Stephen: YOU NEVER KNOW.

MAYBE YOU'RE A LITTLE MINTY.

YOU SIT ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON FINANCIAL SERVICES WHICH

OVERSEES WALL STREET AND THE

BANKS.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

Stephen: AS A PERSON WHO

VOTED FOR OBAMA'S STIMULUS

PACKAGE, ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT

BLAME FOR THE CURRENT STATE OF

THE ECONOMY?

>> NO.

Stephen: PLAY THE BLAME GAME.

(SINGING) OUR GUEST TODAY IS

GWEN MOORE.

SHE'S GOING TO BLAME PEOPLE

OTHER THAN HERSELF FOR THE STATE

OF THE ECONOMY.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US HERE,

GWEN.

WHO DO YOU BLAME FOR THE

ECONOMY?

>> WELL, I THINK THAT WALL

STREET, WE HAVE SOME BRILLIANT

PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THAT WERE

ALLOWED TO DO THEIR DUE.

WE'VE HAD TWO WARS THAT WE

DIDN'T PAY FOR.

>> Stephen: WE SHOULDN'T HAVE

GONE TO WAR.

>> THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION.

Stephen: WE'RE IN THAT.

THAT'S THIS CONVERSATION.

YOU BROUGHT UP THE WAR.

>> YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

ECONOMY.

>> Stephen: YOU BROUGHT UP THE

WAR.

>> YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

Stephen: WHO DO YOU BLAME?

NOW YOU'RE BLAMING THE WARS FOR

THE ECONOMY.

YOU DON'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

YOU DON'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

YOU'RE BLAMING OUR TROOPS FOR

THIS DEMOCRATIC FAILURE OF THE

ECONOMY.

>> WE HAVE TO FEED THE TROOPS IN

THE MORNING.

>> Stephen: I'M TALKING ABOUT

THE ECONOMY.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LUCKY

CHARMS.

>> LUCKY CHARMS.

YOU KNOW, GOVERNMENT IS NEVER

IMPORTANT EXCEPT WHEN WE WANT

FEMA TO GET US UP OUR ROOF.

WE WANT THE A.F.T. TO BE THERE

TO CATCH A TERRORIST.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, GOVERNMENT

IS TOO BIG.

>> Stephen: I AGREE.

O WE AGREE.

tephen: WE AGREE THAT

GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG.

>> WE AGREE THAT GOVERNMENT IS

TOO BIG UNTIL YOU WANT IT.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

I AGREE THAT THE THINGS I NEED

SHOULD BE PAID FOR AND THE

THINGS I DON'T NEED SHOULD NOT

BE PAID FOR.

>> EXACTLY.

Stephen: THAT MAKES SENSE.

THAT MAKES SENSE TO PEOPLE,

BUT IT'S COMPLETELY ABSURD.

>> Stephen: I ACCEPT YOUR

APOLOGY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT PAUL RYAN FOR A

SECOND.

YOU SAID THAT PAUL RYAN'S BUDGET

WAS CLASS WARFARE AGAINST THE

POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS MEANT TO

LINE THE POCKETS OF THE RICH.

>> THE IMPACT OF HIS BUDGET

WHICH PREVAILS UPON THE POOR,

THE MIDDLE CLASS AS OPPOSEDDED

TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE GREATEST

ABILITY AND MEANS.

>> Stephen: LIKE ME.

GUYS LIKE ME.

I HAVE A LOT OF MONEY.

>> WHAT IS YOUR INCOME.

Stephen: A LOT.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

Stephen: ALL THE MONEY OR NOT

ALL OF IT.

MY FRIENDS HAVE SOME TOO.

THEN IT TRICKLES DOWN ON TO

POORER PEOPLE.

>> IT AIN'T HAPPENING.

Stephen: WE HAVE TO FILL MY

BUCKET MORE SO IT STARTS.

NOW IT'S 90% FULL BUT I PROMISE

YOU IF YOU GIVE ME A LITTLE BIT

MORE MONEY, IT WILL START TO

TRICKLE.

>> I DON'T CARE IF YOU HAVE A

ROLEX WATCH?

HOW MANY CAN YOU WEAR?

>> Stephen: WELL, ONE, TWO,

THREE, FOUR, FIVE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> I DO WANT TO HELP POOR

PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: I CAN'T.

I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY YET.

>> WE HAVE FAMILY.

IF YOU'RE MY HUSBAND AND I'M

YOUR WIFE, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T

GET TO GO TO WORK AND COME HOME

AND SAY, WELL, GEE, I MADE MONEY

TODAY AND YOU WERE A STAY AT

HOME WIFE SO THEREFORE I GET

STEAK AND YOU GET TO EAT THE

RAMAN NOODLES.

>> Stephen: I'M WORKING LATE.

YOU DON'T GET TO DO THAT

BECAUSE WE'RE FAMILY.

>> Stephen: IF YOU'RE MY WIFE

AND I'M YOUR HUSBAND, I'D SAY WE

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM.

>> WE PROBABLY WOULD.

Stephen: WE NEED COUNSELING.

BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE

EQUAL IN THE RELATIONSHIP.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GETTING

ANGRY RIGHT NOW?

>> NO.

Stephen: YOU'RE NOT ANGRY.

NO, I'M NOT ANGRY.

I'M NOT AN ANGRY BLACK WOMAN.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT?

NO.

Stephen: SO THAT WOULD BE

BAD.

YOU GET ANGRY SOMETIMES DON'T

YOU?

>> I DO GET ANGRY SOMETIMES.

Stephen: AND ARE YOU A BLACK

WOMAN.

>> I AM A BLACK WOMAN.

Stephen: SO YOU ARE

OCCASIONALLY AN ANGRY BLACK

WOMAN.

>> I AM OCCASIONALLY A BLACK

WOMAN.

I AMIE KOITIONALLY ANGRY AND

MOST OF THE TIME A BLACK WOMAN.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU A BLACK

WOMAN RIGHT NOW.

>> YES.

Stephen: YOU ARE?

THIS IS MOST OF THE TIME.

Stephen: MOST OF THE TIME

YOU'RE A BLACK WOMAN BUT NOT ALL

THE TIME.

I DIDN'T WANT TO JUDGE.

BUT AT ANY POINT DURING THE

INTERVIEW YOU STOP BEING A BLACK

WOMAN, LET ME KNOW.

>> YOU STOP BEING A RICH WHITE

MAN, LET ME KNOW.

>> Stephen: YOU LET ME KNOW TOO

BECAUSE SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAS

HAPPENED.

FOLKS, WHEN WE RETURN, I WILL

CONTINUE TO GRILL REPRESENTATIVE

MOOR

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

FOLKS, BEFORE THE BREAK, I WAS

TALKING TO WISCONSIN'S FOURTH

DISTRICT CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN

MOORE.

AND NOW THE EXCITING MOORE OF

THAT.

JIM?

LET'S GO BACK TO SOMETHING WE

WERE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE.

>> SURE.

tephen: YOU WERE ON WELFARE

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER.

>> I WAS.

Stephen: BUT YOU'RE A

CONGRESSWOMAN NOW.

YOU'RE STILL GETTING A

GOVERNMENT CHECK.

AT WHAT POINT WILL YOU STOP

SUCKALLING AT THE GOVERNMENT

TEAT.

>> I'LL QUIT SUCKING AT THE

GOVERNMENT TIT AT THE SAME

TIME...

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T SAY TIT.

BUT YOU CAN SAY IT.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

>> I CAN TELL YOU MY EXPERIENCE

ON WELFARE DID NOT PREPARE ME TO

BE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES

COMMITTEE.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE ON THE

FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE YOU

HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE.

WELFARE IS FREE MONEY.

KA-CHINK.

LAID BACK.

GOT MY MIND ON MY MONEY AND MY

MONEY ON EYE MIND.

>> I CAN TELL YOU THAT I AM

GRATEFUL TO THE CITIZENSATE...

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES

WHO THOUGHT I WAS WORTH.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE GRATEFUL.

YOU'RE WELCOME BY THE WAY.

>> I AM GRATEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO

THOUGHT THAT I WAS WORTH IT.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TO

THANK ME FOR THE MONEY I GAVE

YOU.

>> I WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT

I'VE HAD THROUGH THE TAX PAYERS.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, STEPHEN.

THANKS, STEPHEN.

Stephen: GREAT.

FOR PAYING PROPERTY TAXES SO

I COULD GO TO SCHOOL.

I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT WE ALL

OWE EACH OTHER.

>> Stephen: LET'S AGREE TO

DISAGREE.

>> OKAY.

Stephen: WISCONSIN GOVERNOR

SCOTT WALKER, GREAT GOVERNOR OR

THE GREATEST GOVERNOR?

>> I KNOW SCOTT WALKER VERY

WELL.

I'VE BEEN KNOWING HIM SINCE HE

WAS A REALLY YOUNG MAN.

>> Stephen: FRIEND OF HIS?

I'VE KNOWN HIM A LONG TIME.

Stephen: GOOD FRIEND?

I DON'T KNOW THAT I WOULD

CALL HIM A FRIEND BUT HE'S AN

ACQUAINTANCE.

HIS WIFE I THINK AND HIS

CHILDREN ARE WONDERFUL.

HIS PARENTS, HIS PARENTS...

>> Stephen: HIS PARENTS ARE

GREAT.

HIS WIFE IS GREAT.

HIS KIDS ARE GREAT AND HE IS

ALSO GREAT?

>> HE'S THE GOVERNOR.

Stephen: GREAT OR GREATEST?

GREAT IN ONE SENSE.

I THINK...

>> Stephen: REALLY GREAT?

GOOD AT HIS JOB?

>> NO.

Stephen: GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE

OF WISCONSIN.

>> I THINK HE HAS THROWN ELDERLY

UNDER THE BUS, CHILDREN UNDER

THE BUS.

WOMEN UNDER THE BUS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S A METAPHOR,

RIGHT?

>> TEACHERS UNDER THE BUS.

Stephen: HAS HE LITERALLY

THROWN PEOPLE UNDER THE BUS.

>> IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY

METAPHOR, LET ME SAY.

>> Stephen: I WANT TO KNOW IF IT

A METAPHOR BECAUSE YOU'RE

ALARMING ME.

>> THE DISADVANTAGED, THE

DISABLED, CHILDREN, ELDERLY,

STUDENTS, WORKERS.

>> Stephen: DIDN'T PUSH THEM

UNDER A BUS LITERALLY?

>> HE DISADVANTAGED THEM

ECONOMICALLY.

>> Stephen: I'LL PUT YOU DOWN

FOR GREAT.

HARLEY DAVIDSON.

DO YOU RIDE?

>> I HAVE SAT ON A HARLEY AND

TAKEN PICTURES.

I'VE FANTASIZED AND IMAGINED

MYSELF DOING IT.

YOU'RE A CONGRESSWOMAN RIDING

WITH A MAN.

LET'S JUMP THE RAVINE.

>> OH, MY GOD.

Stephen: ARE YOU OKAY, BABY?

WHY DID YOU RUN FROM THE

COPS?

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I'M ON

PROBATION.

>> WHY DID YOU SHOOT AT THEM.

Stephen: BECAUSE I'M CARRYING

WEED.

>> I TRUSTED YOU.

Stephen: YOU KNEW WHAT THIS

LIFE WAS LIKE WHEN WE GOT INTO

THIS RELATIONSHIP.

YOU SAID, SPIDER, I'M ALL IN.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'RE A

DANGEROUS MAN.

BUT FROM A CONGRESSWOMAN WHO IS

SOMETIMES A BLACK WOMAN, I LIKE

DANGER.

THOSE WERE YOUR WORDS.

YOU BETRAYED ME.

I THINK MAYBE WE SHOULD GO OUR

SEPARATE WAYS.

>> I THINK SO TOO.

BUT IT WAS OKAY UNTIL IT WASN'T

OKAY.

>> Stephen: CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO

ME TODAY.

>> AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Stephen: LET'S PUT

WISCONSIN'S FOURTH UP ON THE BIG

BOARD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

LOOK, IT'S THE SECOND COMING OF

LIBERACE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A LEGENDARY

'80s POP SINGER WHO WAS

WEARING OUTRAGEOUS OUTFITS WHEN

LADY GAGA WAS STILL BABY GAGA.

PLEASE WELCOME CYNDI LAUPER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN,

MAN.

>> ME TOO.

Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OBVIOUSLY EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO

YOU ARE.

YOU MEGA STAR.

SHE'S SO UNUSUAL.

YOU GOT EMMYS.

YOU GOT GRAMMIES AND NOW YOU ARE

THE COMPOSER AND LYRACIST OF

KINKY BOOTS, ORIGINAL BROADWAY

SHOW.

NOMINATED FOR 13 TONY AWARDS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> IN THE YEAR '13.

Stephen: IN THE YEAR 13.

ARE YOU A NEUM ROLLINGS.

>> NO.

I ONLY PLAY A PSYCHIC ON

TELEVISION.

I'M NOT REALLY A PSYCHIC.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND LIKE

SEEN PHOTOS.

GOT LOVELY LADIES IN THAT.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE KINKY

BOOTS WE TALK ABOUT.

>> STEPHEN, I'M TELLING YOU, YOU

SHOULD TRY THIS ON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WE SHALL SEE.

NOW IS THIS ALL ORIGINAL OR LIKE

A GIRLS' SONG?

>> THIS IS ALL ORIGINAL.

I HAD... I WAS MINDING MY OWN

BUSINESS.

AND IT WAS LIKE I HAD COME OFF A

PUNISHMENT.

I WAS LIKE LET'S PLAY EUROPE.

SO I DID.

AND I WAS IN A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS

BEING TOSSED IN THE BACK LIKE A

BUSHEL OF VEGETABLES.

THEN I CAME BACK.

I SAW MY FAMILY.

I FINISHED THE DINNER DISHES AND

THE PHONE RANG.

IT WAS HARVEY.

HE SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO

A BROADWAY SHOW?

THE STORY IS THERE WAS A SHOE

FACTORY LIKE AN OLD-FASHIONED

FROM HAND MADE SHOE, A

MANUFACTURING PLANT WHERE THEY

WERE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.

THEY NEEDED SOMETHING TO SAVE

THE FACTORY AND SAVE A VILLAGE

IT WAS IN.

>> THEY DID.

THEY STARTED GETTING KINKY.

>> Stephen: HOW DID THIS SAVE

THE TOWN?

WHO BUYS THESE?

>> IT'S A NICHE MARKET,.

Stephen: OF?

OF MEN WHO ARE MEN BUT WEAR

WOMEN'S CLOTHING.

BUT IT'S ALSO THEY HAVE SOME

STUFF FOR WOMEN.

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO GO VISIT

IT.

>> Stephen: IT'S FOR DRAG

QUEENS?

>> YES, NO.

Stephen: YES, NO.

FOR DRAG QUEENS BUT IT'S ALSO

KINKY.

IT'S LIKE WOMEN COULD HAVE,

LISTEN, YOU COULD WEAR BOOTS

TOO.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE BOOTS MAKE

FOR WALKING AND THEN THERE'S

BOOTS THAT YOU DON'T WALK MUCH

IN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: OKAY.

IT'S KIND OF AN EVERY MAN'S

STORY.

>> YES.

Stephen: IF EVERY MAN ALSO

WANTED TO DRESS LIKE EVERY

WOMAN.

>> THIS IS ABOUT DRAG.

BUT IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT DRAG.

IT'S REALLY ABOUT ACCEPTANCE OF

OTHER PEOPLE.

AS SOON AS I SAW IT, YOU

COULDN'T... THE GREAT THING IS

YOU COULDN'T FIND TWO MORE

DIFFERENT MEN BUT STILL THE

MANUFACTURER COULD NOT BE WHAT

HIS FATHER WANTED HIM TO BE,

WANTED HIM TO TALK OVER THE

FACTORY AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO.

AND THE DRAG QUEEN, HIS FATHER

WANTED HIM TO BE A BOXER.

HE WAS A YOUNG BLACK MAN IN

ENGLAND.

AND THE WAY HE THOUGHT IF HE WAS

STRONG AND HE WAS BLACK AND HE

COULD FIGHT, HE COULD MAKE A WAY

FOR HIMSELF, YOU KNOW.

THE SAME WAY THE GUY FELT I HAVE

A SHOE FACTORY IF YOU TAKE OVER

THE SHOE FACTORY YOU'LL HAVE A

PLACE IN THE WORLD.

IT'S A MISTAKE A LOT OF PARENTS

MAKE.

BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE

PARENTS SO MUCH AS ABOUT THE MEN

WHO COME TO TERMS WITH HEALING

AND ACCEPTANCE OF OTHER PEOPLE.

AND WHEN YOU ACCEPT OTHER

PEOPLE, YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT

YOURSELF TOO.

THAT SOMETIMES IS THE HARDEST

THING, TO ACCEPT YOURSELF.

SO IT'S ABOUT HEALING.

THAT'S WHY I WAS IN.

I THOUGHT, WOW...

>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOUR

PARENTS WANT YOU TO BE?

>> OH, I THINK THEY JUST WANTED

ME TO LIVE.

>> Stephen: HOW DID THAT WORK

OUT?

>> I DID OKAY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: CYNDI, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

CYNDI LAUPER.

KINKY BOOTS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELL, THAT'S IT FOR

THE REPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOOD NIGHT.

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