VICE – Winners & Losers

VICE – Winners & Losers


Announcer:
This week on “Vice”… Ryan meets polygamy’s
teenage outcasts. I don’t know where to go,
how to start. What do I do? Announcer: And then we send
Thomas to Mauritania
where thin is ugly… [Woman speaking native language] and fat is beautiful. And then I travel to India… Man: So clear-cut,
because it’s poverty
and then super rich. to see how their 99% have
been affected by the
global economic crisis. [Honks horn]
[Man speaking native language] SHANE: The world is changing. Now, no one knows
where it’s going. But we’ll be there,
uncovering the news… This is World War III. culture, and politics that expose the absurdity of
the modern condition. RYAN:
That little child
has a huge gun. This scene isn’t
really kosher by
American standards. I was interviewing
suicide bombers,
and they were kids. SHANE: This is the world
through our eyes. MAN: We win or we die! This is the world of “Vice.” ♪ Hi. I’m Shane Smith, and we’re
here in the “Vice” Offices in Brooklyn, New York. For our first story this week,
we go to Arizona and Utah. When Warren Jeffs was arrested
and sent away for life, most of us assumed that
the story would end there. Now, 5 years
after his conviction for having sex with
12- and 15-year-old brides, reports have surfaced that Jeffs is still ruling
his polygamist community. He’s just doing
it from prison. So we sent Ryan to the heart
of polygamy country to see what happens when a lunatic
runs an entire town
from his jail cell. ♪ Jeffs: And in your teenage
years, you will be tested. Are you listening to
the Gentile music? Then you don’t have
the spirit of God. Are you watching
the Gentile movies? How can you be
trusted with a family? Duffy: Warren Jeffs
is the pedophile polygamist
leader of the FLDS, the Fundamentalist
Latter-Day Saints, a radical offshoot
of Mormonism. Jeffs is currently serving
a 130-year jail sentence for his 2011 conviction
of child sex and bigamy charges, including the sexual assault
of his 12- and
15-year-old brides. Man: You know, whether it’s
directly or indirectly, they’re still getting
all their marching orders from Warren Jeffs
in Texas Prison. Duffy: Jeffs has
banned bicycles, ordered all children’s
toys to be destroyed, and recently made yet
another strange declaration. It is polygamy
gone berserk. Only 15 men will be
allowed to father children with the thousands of
eligible FLDS women. Duffy: As the prophet,
he controls everything– jobs, money, property,
and most importantly, who his followers can marry,
because the number
of wives a man has is the most crucial element of
the Fundamentalist Mormon. In fact, Jeffs himself is
thought to have up to 78 wives. Having multiple wives
is so important that only higher-ranking
elders are allowed
to start families. And that leaves the younger men
in the community with a problem: grade school math. Man: In order to practice
polygamy, you have a guy
with 50 wives, 49 guys have
gotta go somewhere. Duffy: Roman was only 18 when he
was exiled from the church. They wanna get him out,
so they kick him out for
absolutely any reason. You know, you watch a movie,
you talk to a girl, you listen to music,
they kick you out. The nearest cities,
is where they go to. St. George, Salt Lake. Lately they’ve been going up
to the oil refineries
in North Dakota because the money’s good up
there and they don’t have
to have an education, because most of them
don’t have even an
8th grade education. Duffy: So there’s a whole
community of ex-FLDS kids that live here
in Salt Lake now. They hang out
together all the time. Some of them are getting
together for some pizza and beer and they
invited us to join. Boy: I seriously didn’t
masturbate till 6 months
after I left. Boy: Want to know
what’s funny, dude?
How old were you? 17. Boy: How did you stay
away from your dick? Broadbent:
I peed out of it.
That’s all I knew. I started when I was 11. I felt so guilty.
That’s the worst part. Duffy: When you grow up
in the vacuum of the FLDS, things that most of us
think of as common
knowledge, like paying bills, using the internet, or even
wearing bathing suits are completely alien to them. These kids are shockingly
unprepared for the most mundane of tasks
in everyday life. Boy: My dad,
he kept on telling me, “If you don’t stop
texting, or don’t stop– “you keep buying
Internet for your phone, you’re going to have to be
kicked out of the house.” I called up Sam, my older
brother, and he came and picked me up that night. What was that first night
like, when you decided
to call your brother? I don’t know where
to go, how to start. What do I do? How long does that last? How long does it take
to feel like– Broadbent:
It took me, I’m going
to say, 2 1/2, 3 years. To feel just
comfortable here. ♪ Duffy: Wayne and Joe offered to
show us around their hometown of Colorado City. You really can’t explain
the way that you feel
the first day you leave. There’s no words to
describe the feeling. You’re scared, you’re
terrified, but you’re excited all at the same time. To them, they think
we’re the worst people. Like fuck you,
you’re brainwashed,
I’m better than you. Duffy: Wayne and Joe
told us about some kids
who’d been thrown out, just like them. But instead of running away as
far as they could, they stayed in Colorado City, a few blocks from
the families that now
refuse to acknowledge them. Duffy: You know what
happens when you grow up
with like 30 brothers? You play really
aggressive sports. I’m up. Oh! Nice. Duffy: So these kids live
in what they call butthuts: small trailers that house a
bunch of kids who are totally unequipped to deal
with everyday life. Leroy lives just down the
street from the family that now won’t even
speak to him. Boy: It hurts a lot,
seeing families torn, and there’s nothing
I can do about it but
carry on with my life. ♪ Duffy: Leroy was just 15 when he
was thrown out of the church and his family. This is the house that
I was raised in. That’s a 3-story house. We had a mother
on each floor. So we had a family of
about 30 people. I had been talking to girls
and wearing what I wanted
and stuff, and that’s against
the religion, you know? So I came home from work and
father came up to me and said, “The bishop called and
he wants you to get
your things and leave.” I said, “OK, tonight? Like, it’s already 6:00,
7:00 in the afternoon.” He was like, “Yeah.”
So that’s what I did. I kind of felt like I died. I wondered how could my
parents just let me go into a world that they
don’t even know. Duffy: So this kid, who’s
barely been to school, has never traveled more than
a few miles from his home, and has been taught since birth
that outsiders are pure evil, is basically given 20 minutes
to pack and told to
get out forever. On their birthdays,
I do my best to call and sometimes I get rejected and
told to never call again, but I’m gonna keep it up. Even if they’ve done
their best to forget me, I’m not forgetting them. Duffy: During our conversation
with Leroy, we couldn’t help but notice we were
being followed. Barlow: You guys know the story
on God’s squad, don’t you? Once Gentiles are in town,
people start following them
around for hours and make sure that you’re not
gonna do anything that’s gonna
hurt the community. Duffy: Even after being out
of the church for years, these kids are still
afraid of church security. The longer we stayed there,
a bunch of things that seemed kind of quiet and quaint
when we first arrived, started feeling really creepy. A whole bunch of people
turning their backs, running inside, and circling
around in pickup trucks. It’s Little House
on the Prairie mixed with
Children of the Corn all being run by
a convicted pedophile from a jail cell
states away. What the fuck? Barlow:
My honest opinion is I don’t think Warren’s
as bad as he’s put out to be. Honestly. I’m grateful that I was
raised the way I am, and he hasn’t done anything to
my family or me to hurt me. Duffy: But he took your
family from you. Yeah, but it was because
that’s part of the religion. I mean what’s religion if
it doesn’t have standards? Everybody that’s been raised
in this religion knows that the outside world is a huge,
bad, mixed-up place. ♪ Duffy: We kept asking ourselves,
how could this possibly
happen in America? Is the FLDS a cult? Yes. In my mind,
it’s a cult. He could seriously
tell one one of
his loyal followers to go kill somebody,
and they’d go do it thinking it was the
right thing to do. Duffy: The problem is
we’re not just talking
about one person here. We’re talking about a town
full of brainwashed followers. Sheahan: You know, someone such
as Warren Jeffs that has control over the community, you have
to take very seriously, and I find he’s very dangerous
because you never know what kind of edict he could come
up with out of prison. Duffy: And with Warren’s
jail cell orders getting
stranger and stranger, it may just turn out
that these young men with no families
and grim prospects, are far better off in exile. ♪ West Africa’s Mauritania is
one of the poorest countries in the world. On top of that, only .5% of its
land can be used for farming. And on top of that,
the country’s been suffering from a worsening food crisis
for the past few years. So when we heard they’re
currently experiencing an obesity epidemic and
that this epidemic was
actually self-inflicted, we sent Thomas there
to see what is going on. ♪ Hi. It’s Thomas. It’s midnight in the Sahara. We’re eating, um, camel
milk and millet to get
fat and beautiful. ♪ Morton: West Africa
has never made any bones
about its preference for thick chicks. [Speaking native language] Unfortunately, Mauritania’s
recurrent famine and
general lack of resources make it nearly impossible
to pack on the pounds. Never mind the fact that
it’s smack in the middle
of the Sahara, an environment so harsh you
basically shed weight any time you’re
not indoors lying down. The only way for girls
out here to meet Mauritanian
beauty standards is for their moms to
literally force feed them
full of milk and food. It’s similar to how
you make fois gras. In fact, they use the same
term for both: gavage. [Woman speaking French] Morton: Aminetou Mint Ely
is an expert on Mauritania’s forcefeeding fixation. [Ely speaking French] Morton: We’re going to
head out now to the desert, to a Mauritanian fat camp. I’m going to take part and
basically going to be drinking several liters
of camel milk a day, eating as much millet as I can
keep down without barfing. We’re at a fish market
right now, and I’m
trying to find a scale so we can do a little
weigh-in to see… kind of get a precise figure
on how beautiful they
can make me in 2 days. Starting weight: I’m at
55 kilos right now, which I think
is a nice weight. I’m going to do
2 or 3 days of gavage and see what that
does to me. ♪ [Girls laughing] Doesn’t seem like the best place
on Earth to be chugging milk, but I guess that’s, you know,
that’s the whole point of it. You gotta suffer
for your looks. [Goat bleating] This is my gavage mate Hanan,
a 19-year-old Mauritanian girl who’s starting to get serious
about landing a husband. We started chitchat over
an appetizer of breadcrumbs drenched in olive oil. OK, just go? So basically you take
this like a pill and just ball it up
and then… [Speaking native
language] It’s all right. How many times have
you done this? [Speaking native language] Did you want to do it
or did your mother
make you do it? [Speaking native language] [Speaking native language] Morton: Then we moved on
to a light lunch
of goat meat, bread, and another bowl of milk
to open up the stomach. My first sip of camel milk
was a little underwhelming. It seemed especially watered
down for what I was expecting, almost like a super skim. Not bad so far, it’s like
a Mauritanian French dip. It’s really a light start. The meat’s kind of doing stuff
to my head, but other than having like goat fat all over
my hands, I feel all right. It just feels like a big meal. So far I didn’t get what
the big deal was with gavage. It just felt like
basic overeating. I mean, my whole
country overeats. ♪ That night, however,
the real feeding began. The camel skim I had
gotten used to was replaced with camel cream,
warm camel cream. I was starting to process
the true nature of gavage, as well as way too much milk. [Ely speaking French] Ah, this is insane. I did already. It feels like the food has
filled my entire chest cavity and is now deflating my lungs. I don’t know what I
was thinking with this. Oh, I do not feel good
at all. [Women laughing] It’s very breathtaking,
visually, to wake up to this, but I’m still full of milk
despite having pissed
like 8 times. I was gonna ask “What’s
for breakfast?” but… [All laugh] There’s kind of like a frat
hazing element to this. 3, 2, 1. Bravo. Eating wasn’t even a
chore at this point. It was punishment. I definitely passed the
point I would have stopped about 8 bites ago. [Sheibani speaking
native language] Hurt doesn’t begin to cover
my personal hell of milk and desert heat. OK, I just puked
twice in my mouth. Oh, shit. Oh, God, I really don’t
feel good…guys. [Vomiting] Oh! Ugghh! Now that we were
barf buddies, Hanan seemed a lot more
sympathetic to me, even though what I’d gone
through was only a sliver of the full gavage experience. [Speaking native language] I think that if I did
two more days,
I’d probably die. The thing is, what we’ve just
been through with Hanan is the voluntary rich girl
version of gavage. In some parts of the desert,
parents still start forcefeeding their
daughters as toddlers and crush their toes with
pincers if they resist. Gavage isn’t just the desert
milk-chugging ritual. Gavage is an entire
lifestyle of overeating. You have 2 to 3
lunches daily. You stay inside and
try not to move. You don’t have a job. If you have daughters
when you’re married,
would you … do you think you would
do gavage with them? [Speaking native language] I think it’s about time to go
back to the scale now and see how much damage two days
of this can do to you. So I was 55 before,
and I am now 59. It’s about 10 pounds, so… I mean,
if you multiply that by doing it week after week
after week and making it
your lifestyle, this is nuts. This is the most
insane crash dieting. ♪ In a way, fashion and beauty
has always been about trying to make yourself the opposite
of what you actually are. In the West, rich people dress
in torn jeans and try to look like they can’t get enough
to eat, while our poor leave the tags on their clothes
so you know how much they overpaid for them. So why should it be surprising
then, in a landscape designed to make you skinny,
the best way to boost your image is to slam milk
until you are obese. It shouldn’t be a surprise. Just a little gross. ♪ Wealth disparity in the
U.S. has become a very
hot topic recently. The 99% versus the 1% became a
rallying cry that was adopted almost instantaneously. The growing gap between rich
and poor is a global issue, but in the slums of Mumbai,
where over 11 million residents live in poverty,
the contrast is startling. So I went to India to see
just how bad it really is. ♪ Morton: India is home to the
highest number of poor people in the world, with over
360 million of its citizens living below the poverty line. And India’s largest city,
Mumbai, is home to an estimated
22 million people, half of which live in slums. This means that 4 times
the population of Chicago is living in absolute squalor. Now contrast this with the
fact that Mumbai is also home to the largest and most
expensive single-family
dwelling on Earth. India’s richest man, Mukesh
Ambani’s billion-dollar
personal palace is a 27-story,
400,000-square-foot skyscraper that takes over 600 employees
just to maintain it day to day. And if that’s not freaky
enough, this futuristic
mega-super-mansion actually looks down on some of
the worst slums in the world. [Flies buzzing] Smith: How are you? Man: Hi. Good to see you!
Same to you. Where are we right now? And how many
people live in it? A million people
live in this slum. How many people in
Mumbai live in slums? So, 11 million people
living in slums. Can you show us around? So, a million
people live here. What are their qualities
that they live under? Right now, I’m smoking–
You smoke? No, but I’m smoking
with you right now. Yeah, yeah, yeah. ♪ How much would it
cost to live here? Right. So they all work there,
and they all live there? Yes. Yeah.
At the same time. Because
they can’t pay rent. Yes. ♪ But how would you even
live in there, though? Yeah, maybe the world. Yeah. ♪ So there’s open
sewers everywhere. It smells quite pungent. In fact, it’s estimated that
there’s only one working toilet for every 1,400 people
living in the slum. If TV were scratch-and-sniff, then everyone would be
barfing right now. It smells so bad,
it’s shocking. [Flies buzzing] I don’t know what just fell
on me, but it’s not good. Right. Not great, no. So they’ve got all the shit
plastic from all over Mumbai, and they bring it here
to the slum, and then they just sort of,
by hand, recycle it. Insane. There’s no real roads,
there’s just winding alleyway after winding alleyway, which
wouldn’t be so bad except there’s over a million people
that live in this slum. And around every corner,
it seemed that there was
something even more shocking. There were young kids working
in the dark, running
makeshift machines that were
retooling waste metal. And as we walked around,
I realized that the whole
economy of Dharavi is based on the garbage of
the real economy of Mumbai. Everywhere you looked, people
were trying to make something, anything, to sell or trade,
desperately trying to make some money out of the
waste of the real world. Because it’s so wind-y,
there’s no real roads, we’re gonna go up
on the roof and see if
we can see the slum. I don’t know if this is
up to safety code. ♪ How far does the
slum go? It’s huge. 432-acre slum. Right in the middle
of Mumbai. It reminds me of like
“Mad Max” or something,
where they were living off garbage
and fixing the garbage. Or, do you remember in “Star
Wars”, do you know when they go down into the garbage? If you jumped
in there there’d be
like an eye come up and then go after you. So, you have all these
people living in
the slum, they sleep under their
sewing machines. what do they think
about a guy has a billion-
dollar house? Yeah. Now, do you think people
who live in the building, who are swimming
in the swimming pool
feel bad when they look down and they see people
sleeping in the streets? Yeah, yeah. It’s too much gap.
There’s too much gap. After spending some time in
Dharavi, we wanted to see how the proverbial 1% live
in the skyscrapers that
reign these slums. So we hooked up with a
textile magnate named
Gautam Singhania to show us around Mumbai
in his private helicopter. Smith: So, how many million
people live in Mumbai? Gautam is your quintessential
1-percenter playboy, complete with a fleet
of yachts, aptly named after James Bond films, massive
houses, and, of course, a stable filled with the
world’s fastest cars. ♪ Wow. So this is a Ferrari,
I know that much. Yeah, it’s
the 458 Italia. This was the first 458
that came to India. So you got the first one. Yes. This is an 07 Gallardo,
which has been modified. It’s got twin turbos. It’s fast, trust me. Do you actually
ever drive the cars? We drive every weekend.
There’s a supercar club
that we have, and it’s a bunch
of guys who love cars. When we go in the club with
the boys, it’s always good to know you have the
power under your foot. Sure. Are we gonna go
take one on the road? Sure, let’s go. ♪ And how did you fall in
love with cars first? I guess it’s in your DNA. Here we go. ♪ You get a lot of
stares when you drive around the streets
of Mumbai? That’s why we formed the
supercar club you know. The point of the club is that
when we guys used to go out, you know, just one of us,
two of us, three of us, so many people used to
stand and, you know, look. And we just figured that,
it’s just much easier when we have
everybody together. [Toots horn] ♪ Now, maybe it was because we
were driving around Mumbai in a quarter of a million
dollar supercar, but Gautam did not seem to want to talk
about the obvious disparity of wealth in the city. Now, what do people think
about Mukesh’s house? And so you’re building a
house but you don’t
want to talk about it. Yeah. OK, that’s OK. Because of the bad publicity
that Mukesh Ambani had enjoyed because of his house,
Singhania didn’t really want to talk about the new
home he was building. He did let slip, however, that
his personal private skyscraper was actually going to be 10
stories higher than Ambani’s and have not one, but two
Olympic-sized swimming pools. ♪ Mumbai perfectly exemplifies
the growing gap between rich and poor, but the problem
is actually a global one. Even the old Communist
societies of Russia and China, have now morphed into arguably
the most capitalist countries in the world. It seems that in our modern
age, there are very few places left on earth where the
rich aren’t getting richer and the poor poorer. When you see it in
Mumbai, it’s so clear-cut because it’s poverty and
people living off the garbage of the other society
and the other economy. And the other half are building
skyscrapers into the sky and living on megayachts
and flying into them
on helicopters. And you say, “What’s
happening to the world?” Half of the world is living off
the garbage of the other half in this
post-apocalyptic nightmare.

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