-So this is very cool.
You traveled. You went to Namibia,
you went to Spain, you went to Iceland
to talk about gender equality. -I did.
-The United States, 49th in the world,
which is pretty embarrassing. -Yeah. Not great.
-Not great. -We could be better.
-We could be better. 48 slots available.
-Right. -And how did
the other countries — You know, I think, obviously,
in America, most of us would be pretty disappointed
by that. How do other countries react
when you tell them the United States is 49th?
-Well, you know, I feel like they were as shocked as we were
to find out that news. But they thought that we were
actually ranked lower. -[ Laughs ] Oh, wow.
[ Audience “Ohs” ] -I did “man on the street”
in the Blue Lagoon and asked people, “Where do you
think America is ranked? And they went,
“Oh, I don’t know. 75th? 119th?”
[ Laughter ] I’m like, “Calm down.
We’re not that bad, okay?” -You were in Iceland,
which, as you said in the clip, is number one for gender…
-Yes. -…and you got a tattoo
in Iceland. -I did.
-And, well, what is it and how did it come about
that you got it? -I met with this incredibly
inspiring group of women. They were in the clip. They’re called
the Daughters of Reykjavík, and they are an all-female
rap collective. -Okay.
-22 members strong. So they’re basically like
Icelandic Lady Wu-Tang Clan. -Uh-huh.
[ Laughter ] -And they all share
this matching tattoo. So, like, when you go
to a frat party and someone draws a [Bleep]
on your face. -Yeah.
-It’s like that, but this is
the feminist version of it. -Oh, wow, that’s very —
How do you — Have you had to explain it
to anybody when they see it? -Yeah, well, actually,
I just went home to Kentucky to visit my parents for Easter,
and my dad was like, “So talk to me about
the significance of the tattoo.” And I was like,
“Well, um, it’s a triangle, so it’s, uh, representative
of female empowerment.” [ Laughter ] And with some dots above, meaning the individual
is stronger with the support of others. I barely regret it.
-Yeah, yeah. -I barely regret it. -I don’t think you should
regret it at all. And Namibia,
how was your time there? What was their take on America,
if you asked? -It was amazing.
They, too, were surprised that we were ranked as well
as we were. But they, um… [ Laughter ] Yeah, I got it everywhere.
But they’re incredible. I spoke with this really
wonderful woman, Rosa Namises, and she spoke about
how Namibia has almost 50% representation
in Parliament, and how a lot of that stems back from when they gained
their independence. Women were on the frontlines. They were part of writing
the Constitution, which is, you know, something we’re
still fighting for, equal rights in our Constitution
with the E.R.A. And as she’s telling me
all of this, she’s holding this feather
that she picked up and she’s kind of caressing
the feather. And she looks down
at the feather and then she looks back at me
and she goes, “Desi, I want you to have
this feather.” And I went, “Oh, thank you. “What, is this
a sacred Namibian custom? Will it bring me good luck?”
And she goes, “No, no, it’s to dry your tears
when you’re sad about America.” [ Laughter ]
-Burn. -I have used it many times
since then. -Oh, my God.
She feather burned you. -She feather burned me.
Classic Namibian feather burn. -Your parents, as you mentioned,
are from Kentucky. Fairly conservative?
-Yes. Very conservative. -And you work
on “The Daily Show,” which is a show like this one where we sometimes talk about
the President. -Yep.
-How do they react to it? -Well, they haven’t spoken to me
in quite some time. -Okay.
-But when I reconnect with them, I’m excited to ask them
that question. -Yeah, yeah. -No, they’re very,
very supportive. I think being an actor and
looking for work for so long, they’re just so happy that
I actually have a job. -Sure.
[ Laughter ] -So they are supportive,
but they will watch the pieces. But my mom has to kind of
compartmentalize it, like, “Well, you know,
we could get into it, “but you have to believe
what you believe for your job, to keep your job.”
[ Laughter ] You know. “I don’t want you to lose
your job, so we just won’t talk about it.” -Does humor run in your family? Do you have some relatives with
comedy tropes back in Kentucky? -Yeah. My aunt has, like,
a really dirty sense of humor. -Uh-huh.
-She’s almost 80 years old. And just to give you an idea,
she — For my wedding,
when I got married, she gave me a slow cooker,
like a crock-pot. -Uh-huh. -But she changed
the outside of the box to read “crotch pot.” [ Laughter ] And she filled it with
crotchless panties and lubes and, like, dusting powders. I don’t know what they’re for. -And you had not registered
for that. -I had not registered for that.
-Okay, got it. -I had not registered for that. And she filled it with these,
like, dirty recipes. So, like, she wrote a recipe
for roasted chicken. It was like,
“Gently massage the oil on the skin of the chicken
and spread apart the thighs.” And I’m like, “Oh, my God!
She’s almost 80 years old!” [ Laughter ]
She’s my hero. -We should all aspire to that.
-We should. -Yeah. I mean,
I feel like that alone should bring us up to, like,
48 or 47. -Right?
-Yeah. -If we had more Aunt Jans
in the world, we would be so much better. -Yeah, I think we’d be —
Move over, Namibia. Hey, thank you so much
for being here. Congrats on the special.
Delightful to meet you. -Thank you very much.
-That’s Desi Lydic, everybody.