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Trevor Chats with His Grandma About Apartheid and Tours Her Home, “MTV Cribs”-Style | The Daily Show

Trevor Chats with His Grandma About Apartheid and Tours Her Home, “MTV Cribs”-Style | The Daily Show

NOAH: I flew out to South Africa
on Friday morning. 14 hours later, I landed
in my hometown, Johannesburg. And the moment
I got off the plane, I felt something,
a voice inside reminding me
of what I had forgotten. So, this is a road
I used to drive on pretty much
my entire young life. Because of apartheid, uh, black people had to live
in certain areas, and then white people
had to live in other areas. But white people like
how the black people cook, so they need them
to come to their houses, so there were roads
that connected the areas. And this was one of those roads.
All the taxis, all the buses, all the transport
that shipped the people between Soweto and Johannesburg,
this is it. (horn honks) (shouts in foreign language) That’s what we do
in South Africa. We… we don’t have road rage. We have road joy. We just smile at each other, -and we-we honk.
-(horn honks) It was very confusing to me
when I first got to New York. I thought everyone
was my friend. They were not. So, we’re heading
to my grandmother’s house now. Uh, I told her we’re on the way, but that doesn’t mean
she’ll be there, so, um… You never know. You might meet my grandmother.
You might not. (speaking foreign language) (horn honking) So, welcome to Soweto. This is where I grew up. This is where
everything goes down. Uh, and yes,
we walk in the streets. We played in the streets.
This was the playground. This is where you hung out
with your friends. This is where
everything went down. -(shouting)
-(speaking foreign language) And your neighbors scream
when you walk by. It’s what we all do. What’s amazing about this place
is that nothing’s changed– in a good way. It’s like a museum,
that’s what it is. And we’re here
at my grandmother’s house. Welcome to it. This is where I grew up. This wall was a lot taller
when I was younger, but, uh, let’s see
if she’s here. So, this is where I grew up. This was the driveway. ♪ ♪ We kick it off
with the driveway. This is where we used to want
to park our cars. We didn’t have any cars,
but we still built driveways, because that’s what life
is all about: ambition. (cheering) I’ll show you some
of the security features that I installed in the house. We’ve got what’s known -as an intruder defense
mechanism system of glass. -Wow! Every single one
of these bottles, I drank what was inside. Balling. This is where the magic happens. (air horn blaring) Anybody can have a toilet
inside the house, but it takes a real baller to have a toilet
outside the house. Now, if you guys will excuse me, I’m about to make
some magic happen. MTV Cribs, your boy. Oh, wait, there’s no
toilet paper. Hold on. ♪ ♪ First things first, whenever you come
into an African person’s house, you greet. So the first thing
I’m gonna do is greet. Gogo. Gogo. -(speaks foreign language)
-Hello, Gogo. (speaking foreign language) How are you, Gogo? Can-can we come in? I’ve got… I’ve got some camera people,
Gogo. Are we fine to come in? If you say no, it’s fine.
I don’t mind. Okay, okay. Gogo, um, I want you– -I want to welcome you
to my show. -Mm-hmm. And I want to introduce you
to some of my friends -and my viewers.
-Mm. I’ve brought them
to South Africa to show them what it’s like. So they said,
because I’m coming, they want to meet you and they want me to ask you
questions about my life. I remember. Mm. Mm. (laughing) How old are you now, 91? When you get to 91,
now you count months. -We’re here because the-the
concert at FNB Stadium -Mm. is celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela. -Madiba.
-Ah. What was the first thing you
remember about Nelson Mandela? Wow. Because people had not seen
a black man who was an attorney. Wow. Mm. Mm. For young people, it’s very hard
for them to understand -how scary it was
to be a black person -(whistles) living in South Africa
during that time. But everybody was scared
of the police. Ah. Mm… (speaks foreign language) -“Dress up. Let’s go.”
-Yeah. When you see white guys
like this, do they remind you
of those police? That’s what you remind
my grandmother. I hope you’re happy, bringing memories
of Flying Squad into my house. There are some people
who say now, because some people
don’t have jobs and because it’s tough
in South Africa, it would be better
to go back to apartheid. Why not? Ah. (whistles) (speaking foreign language) “Do you know what it’s like
to dig for potatoes with your hands?” Ah. (speaks foreign language) Wow. -You’re digging for potatoes
with your hands. -Mm. And if somebody dies
from exhaustion next to you, you dig a hole,
you put them in that hole, -and then you carry on digging
those potatoes. -(whistles) What-what was my contribution? How– Was-was I fighting
apartheid? Not knowing? Ah. But I-I told them that I was
an apartheid hero, Gogo. -I wasn’t?
-(giggling) Ah. Why did I give you
a tough time, Gogo? So, if I was playing
in the street, the police would have
arrested me? So they thought I was white? “Yeah. Oh! Oh, no!” The kids ran away from me? But why did they run away…?
What? -And allowed to do…
-So for them… for them, this was white? Wow. -I feel so special now, Gogo.
-Huh. To know there was a time
that I was white. (both laugh) How old was I
when this was happening, Gogo? -NOAH: Three years old.
-Mm-hmm. -I was a very good-looking baby,
I’m sure. -(whistles) Yeah? But mostly good-looking. Yeah. I’m sure, Gogo. When I was here with you, what
did you do when I was naughty? (Noah laughs) Who was naughtier, Gogo–
me or my mom? Oh. You know how Mom is. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Must always go up. Yeah! Mm. So she was not only
a black person in a job black people
weren’t supposed to be in, but she was a manager
of white people. How-how…?
But how did they allow that? And now I’m also
a manager of white people, Gogo. -Yeah.
-Unbelievable. -It comes from my mother, Gogo.
-(gasps) Do you know I’m a manager
of white people? I’m-I’m telling you, Gogo. There are white people
who work for me. (Noah laughs) Gogo, have you ever… have you
ever watched The Daily Show? (speaking foreign language) (Noah laughs, Gogo continues
speaking foreign language) My gran said
she doesn’t watch my show because sometimes
the electricity cuts out, which is a very plausible excuse and a nice way
to let your grandson down. (Noah laughs) -Mm.
-Mm. No, I-I hear you, Gogo.
This is… I didn’t expect that answer.
It’s a good answer, Gogo. So I must make sure that you have a generator
so you can watch my show. -Okay.
-(speaking foreign language) -Who fits the generator?
-Ah. Okay, so I must get someone
to fit the generator, also. -Okay.
-(speaking in foreign language) Oh, and then I must also
fix the… the-the cable. Okay. -Mm.
-Hey. I feel like I’ve been tricked
into doing a lot of things for you to watch my TV show,
Gogo. (both laugh) (speaking foreign language) Oh, wow. Thank… thank you
for having us, Gogo, and thank you for letting me
bring these cameras. And thank you for sharing
these stories with my friends. And thank you for being amazing. I’ve brought too many friends,
Gogo. You guys must leave now.

100 thoughts on “Trevor Chats with His Grandma About Apartheid and Tours Her Home, “MTV Cribs”-Style | The Daily Show

  1. John Stewart told Trevor that people would initially reject him and to ignore them and do his thing. John could have chosen anyone, but he chose to make history — to awaken people around the world to the perspective outside their bubbles. Thank you John!

  2. I’ve now watched this three times and I cry more each time. I cry over the beauty of their relationship, the respect he has for his Gogo, what an amazing, heartfelt woman she is and Trevor’s willingness to share… Thank you!!

  3. Don't give your grandmom a headache to watch your stupid show, with your dumb opinions on America. It's none of your business what we do here, foreign boy.

  4. I lived in South Africa for about 10 years as a missionary and never got to see any of this. We were there to "help people," bring them to Jesus, but it seems most of them were already with Jesus and we never got to see the real South Africa that the so-called black people live in. I say so-called because I never met a "black' person who was black or a "white" person who was white. If you, Trevor, were to hold your hand up against a black board your hand would not be black and the the white chalk on the board would not be the color of my hand. Our hearts are the same–I hope–because both black and whites have been led to believe that Jesus is a color or a religion or a political system that favors one against the other. We are a bunch of fools hatched from the same eggs. We need somebody to make us laugh. When we laugh we are all the same. God bless your grandma. You should do more shows with her.

  5. De blanken hebben tijdens de kolonies alles kapot gemaakt. De HELE WERELD. KNOW WE ARE HERE. My parents where from Norht Afrika. I am born in Belguim Flanders. My wife is belguim and my son will be like you 1 day.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  6. Southafrica black people are more racist than the k.k.k the even hate fellow African more .. they killing guys left right and center and travor is saying none of it

  7. I so love who u are…doing this story reminds me when I use to go see my grandparents in NJ…and visiting my home place of Puerto Rico….i felt at home watching this video….thx Trevor!!!

  8. This video brought tears to my eyes. Even though I’m from a different continent, both our grandmothers are so similar!!! Her laughter, her clapping, her smile… the way they disciplined us with love… even her home is like mines in Peru. Thanks for showing us this. The more I learn about people around the world, the more I realize how many things we have in common ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Oh my god I LOVE her!!!! She’s awesome! And not a shred of cognitive decline at her age, moving around under her own power. You go, GoGo!!!!

  10. This was some of the most wonderful things I've seen on youtube in a long time… Thank you Trevor and the Daily Show team!

  11. Trevor, I love and adore your Grandmother. What a wonderful woman. Sending love and prayers for her to remain healthy for many years to come. Thanks you for sharing a part of your life with us. We all need to learn more about South Africa and its history. Many lessons to learn. Love from California

  12. I've been in Johannesburg for about 13 months and we've been to Soweto twice. It's hard to see what Apartheid has done but I feel so welcomed here. The South Africans always tell you welcome home and they make you feel like family.

  13. Whoever marries this man will be so blessed. He really respects and values the women in his life. Plus, he loves his people. Nothing better than that combo!

  14. CRIBS oppression edition 😂😂😂 I think I'm like watching this video for the fourth or fifth time and I still love it😍❤️😂

  15. Reminds me of my grandmother. 😏 Back in El Salvador. The way Gogo joked around… her wisdom… my grandma would joke like no other and make the best food. ! Best tortillas, pupusas, her coffee! Mmm

    Mama Tomasa. ❤ La extraño y todavia recuerdo cuando me dio una paliza con mi arbolito que yo habia sembradoo! Haha.

  16. OH, Trevor i had been watching this episode time to time but always I started to cry and laugh at the same time. You both are great together and I hate apartheid but with her example and yours, we can follow the forgive lessons of Mandela. Don't ever let that happens again and fight Trump with all our heart. Thank you brilliant, handsome Trevor.

  17. "we walk in the streets". This explains a lot about some of the people that live in my area. We have a lot of Visa students from Africa… They always walk on the streets instead of sidewalks. My area is really poorly lit, so we constantly have to be on lookout for these guys at night. They like to wear black, and they are so damn hard to see. Drives me nuts. Like bro, I don't want to sound racist, but you seriously need to wear some reflective strips… Or alternatively, start using the sidewalk!

  18. Trevor ,I am so glad to know your grandmother. I have lots of curiosity about you and your background. It reminds me about my grandmother used to love me very much indeed . Allah bless you my friend .

  19. It is unfortunate that we have lost the ability to respect and admire our elders, the experiences can transform a person. Our (american) culture does not emphasize that much can be learned and change can occur through their journeys. Some have been critical of where she lives but she is happy to live a simple life without fear.

  20. Hey Trever pls don't talk with your white colleague like this, forget those bad things that happened before and star to be kind with black and white people.

  21. oh my goodness a lot of things about where he grew up reminds me so much of were i was born, which was a small village in Colombia. I love that I can identify myself with his country. Blessings Trevor

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