When we die,
we all have different ideas of what we want to happen
to our bodies. Personally, I want my ashes
to be scattered over the pool of a Trump hotel,
out of respect. But for many people in Arizona,
the afterlife is very different than what they expected. Ronny Chieng has more,
as part of our new series, The United Swing States
of America. ♪ ♪ If you’re gonna talk
about Arizona, you have to talk
about old people, because they’re everywhere here! See? (clears throat)
Which brings me to death. Not… no, not yours. Obviously, you still have
a long road ahead of you. And here in Arizona, people
thinking about the afterlife are choosing something new:
whole body donation. More and more people
are choosing to forego, uh, traditional burial and just
donate their bodies to science. There was a 20% increase
in the number of people donating their body
right here in Arizona. That’s about 47,000 people. CHIENG: To investigate,
I hit up a popular spot for the old folks
to see if body donation really was all the rage. What do you want to happen
to your body after you die? I’d consider
whole body donation. Have you considered
whole body donation? Yes. I have it already set up. So, you seem pretty old
and close to death. What do you want to happen
to you after you die? I’m gonna be donating it
to science. What made you…
think of doing that? Um, I have no living relatives. Who’s gonna bury me? Any friends? Uh, yeah,
they don’t care about my body. Well, maybe they should care. Because when I turned on
the news, I discovered this. Scandal involving a body
donation business in Phoenix. The owner accused of selling
bodies and body parts. TV REPORTER:
Essentially running a chop shop for human body parts. CHIENG:
A human chop shop? These were people, not cars
you strip down for parts. I turned to a team of lawyers
trying to end this horror. So what the (bleep)
is happening in Arizona? People are getting people
to donate their bodies, and telling them that they’re
gonna treat the bodies with dignity and respect. And they were sold off like you would sell off
the parts of a cow. And then, ultimately,
the FBI raided this organization here
in Arizona. So what did the FBI find? There were, um,
coolers and freezers of disarticulated body parts. You know, a cooler of, um, arms,
a cooler of legs. They found heads. They found the torso
of a large human male with the head of a small female
sewn on the top… All right, okay.
We get it. Enough already.
Jesus. Anyone here have a puppy
I can pet for ten seconds
just to clear my head? And-And they found
a giant, uh, bag of penises. They found a bag of dicks? Yes. It was referred to as, “a large bag of male genitalia.” -So it was a large bag of dicks.
-Yes. I’m-I’m scared to even ask, but what were they gonna do
with this large bag of dicks? Well, we really
can only speculate. We know that some of it
may have gone to the black market
in Southeast Asia for something like penis wine. Okay, I’m from Southeast Asia. I’ve never heard of penis wine. -What is it?
-I-I think it’s wine that has a penis in it that’s supposed to make people
more virile. That is disgusting. I thought so. Is it red or white? I didn’t even get close enough
to it to even… What kind of flavor profile
is this? -Is it nutty?
-I didn’t taste it. -Does it have notes of foreskin?
-I, I… Can we move on?
This-This is a serious case. Oh, yeah, that’s right, Holly. We’re just gonna mention penis
wine and not talk about it. Well, this case
is about the harm that was done to people
and families, not about penis wine. CHIENG:
She’s right. People thought they were
donating their bodies for research to find cures
for diseases. But instead it was real-life Invasion of the Body Snatchers. How are they gonna fix this? We need regulations. Licenses, for example. You don’t need a license
to deal with dead bodies? -Correct. -You need
a license to do nails. You need a license to fish. You need a license
to drive a forklift. Pay your money, fill out a form, and you’re a medial director. That has to change. This is (bleep) horrific. This is not just
an Arizona problem. It’s a nationwide problem. And if you think it’s not
happening in your backyard, -you’re mistaken.
-Okay, sorry. Can we just go back to the
penis wine for a second? Do they stomp on dicks the way
they stomp on grapes? Are they squeezing out the penis or are they just fermenting it? I don’t know. And I’m really not sure
I want to know. CHIENG: No one should have
their dead body violated or their genitals turned into
a tasty beverage. If people are gonna donate, they should
at least know exactly what they’re
getting themselves into. They need to know the truth. Until Arizona
puts regulations in place, all we can do
is offer competing services. Introducing,
Giveronnyyourbody.com. Just give me your body, and
we’ll take care of the rest. ANNOUNCER: With us, you’ll know
exactly what you’re getting. We provide services such as… You turn into a human
ventriloquist dummy. You’re used for
Weekend at Bernie’s sequels. Literal body pillow. Seat filler at the Oscars. ANNOUNCER: Those are just some
of the many things we can do. Sound horrifying?
You betcha. But it’s also perfectly legal
until Arizona changes its laws. ANNOUNCER:
Giveronnyyourbody.com. Give me your body. I want your body. ANNOUNCER:
Ronny Chieng is unlicensed and has no experience
in this field which is not a problem
in the state of Arizona. So avoid this service
altogether, and do your research
or donate to medical centers. (cheers and applause) Ronny Chieng, everybody. And, uh, here’s some good news: Those lawyers just won the case and got awarded $58 million
for all of the victims. -Which means,
-(cheers and applause) Ronny Chieng, you’re rich.

100 thoughts on “The United Swing States of America – Arizona’s Grisly Body Donation Scams | The Daily Show”

  1. This happened because no one can afford a funeral/burial. Maybe address this issue? Donate body to science is a free disposal.

  2. Sooo… my husband wants to donate his body to science but I want to donate mine to a body farm – we don't want to cremate b/c it's bad for the environment & cemeteries are a waste too.

  3. I helped take care of my bf’s g-ma the last couple years of her life. I knew she wanted to donate her body to science, and her daughter wanted me to sign the form. When I looked up the company I saw the article these lawyers are referring to and was horrified. We live in AZ and I could not sign it. She was upset and had someone else sign it. Now I have to think about g-ma’s legs being cut off by some guy, with a saw he bought at Lowe’s, being thrown into bins with various other body parts and shipped to other countries. A lot of the time the parts are useless by the time foreign doctors and scientists get their hands on them because the company doesn’t even care to refrigerate them or prevent contact with other parts that have diseases. And the monopolizing company makes a huge profit. I used to get on my knees and carefully wash, dry, and lotion those legs because her skin was so paper thin and I didn’t want to bruise her. Lois lived her whole life helping people, and wanted to continue to do so after her death. She deserved better.

  4. Tell you what's WORSE:
    Harvesting from LIVE HUMAN BEINGS, because of their religion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_harvesting_from_Falun_Gong_practitioners_in_China

  5. So lawyers won money for dead ppl who cant get the money cuz they are dead and have families that didnt care enough to properly bury them?

  6. 58 million dollars for dead Victims. No, 58 million dollars for alive lawyers and relatives who hated the victims when they were alive.

  7. Yeah, I need to know what's up with the penis wine….. MANY more questions need to be asked and fucking answered. I don't give a fuck if you don't want to know – I. NEED. TO. KNOW. ….. NOW!

  8. John Oliver did an entire episode on Last Week Tonight about Medical Director, Coroner and people that handle autopsy’s across America. Incident after incident after incident where people’s bodies are stored in weird and bizarre locations. WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE. Medical Examiners I think is name of episode

  9. I dont want to donate any part of my body. I dont care about people who wants to live after me. And while we at it, fuck climate change too.

  10. Arizona code says you can receive a permit to move a body but need a doctor to certify they're dead before you move the dead. Yes, a fridge full of parts is bad but what about all the doctors and hospitals that signed these permits? How are they not liable? Our Arizona county recorder kicked a bunch of people off voter registration. Where's the story on that? 🙄

  11. And then it turns out the bodies are being consumed by Hilary Clinton, Epstein, and the Trumps because they are vampires.

  12. Arizona is not my idea of a swing state. As a Californian who had to spend five years there (for work), I can tell you that Democrats are as popular there as axe murderers.

  13. It's exactly a Chop Shop after you donate your body you have no rights on where it goes. It take your lungs, kidneys, heart, liver, and even body tissues and sell it in the black market

  14. But who would be buying the trash body parts if old people who died of old age ? Pretty sure they're body's are dead for a reason lol

  15. I would think a donated body should either be dissected by students learning anatomy and/or delicate surgical procedures, or, if the person's health situation is of interest for medical research, then that ( for example, studying brains to better understand various dementias). Sewing a woman's head to a man's torso and penis wine are both no.

  16. Come on, that should have been a real website, if nothing else just put the video on it, not just link it back to Trevor's website….

  17. I used to want "donate my body to science" because I thought it was for research & discovery. Nope. It's just so med students can practice. Nuts to that. Make me into a Lifegem

  18. Jeeeeeee!
    Did anyone pulse and ready through the list of other uses that flipped past?
    – Turn u into a human Mr potato head
    – Turn u into a scarecrow to frighten intruders
    – Enlarge certain body parts for display purposes
    -Shark bait
    – Viking funeral
    Etc
    Funny episode here!

  19. At what point will Americans admit that they are not better than Chinese?! Maybe after next week when they find out that people eat dogs in Texas?! Do we Europeans need to hold morals and humanity up by ourselves?

  20. I feel so confused..a part of me wants to Google dick wine but the other part is saying do you really want to know this?…..

  21. Rich n mutilated I mean I guess but most of the ppl who donated their bodies didn’t have family’s so where did most of the money go???

  22. i remember reading about a man who was angry AF after finding out that her grandmas body, that she decided to donate to science after her death expecting it could be used to find new medicines and stuff like that, was sold to the military and they blow up her body to test the damage explosives could do to the human body

  23. Bro I thought you were joking about old people. But almost everyone on video was old people 😂👌making me think they really are all old people.

  24. Trevor, are you the only real comedian your tv company is willing to pay? why is everyone else in your team such a bad comedian?

  25. That female lawyer is the living embodiment of the trope "the whole". Every time a group of guys get together and have fun, there is usually one female that comes along and does the whiny "you guys…" line to ruin the fun. This is why comedy shows employ that tired trope- because it actually exists in real life. Really, b*tch? You thought the Daily Show from Comedy Central was going to cover your story, and take it seriously? You thought the comedy show wasn't going to make fun of the situation? You thought that one of you could mention penis wine to a comic, and they wouldn't run with that and make jokes? God, she is stupid; either don't participate in the interview, or do and roll with the punches, like the guys do. Accepting the interview, but complaining that a comedian is being funny and not taking it seriously is just ridiculous, and b*tchy (thinking that you get to control everyone else's behavior). If she just wanted to give into her female nature and ruin guys' fun, she should've just joined a drive-time shock jock's cast of characters- they would actually appreciate you doing the "come on, guys…" bit.

  26. holly was right though this comedic take to serious topics when interviewing people is getting old and uncomfortable for all involved

  27. "Crash test dummy" was in the scrolling list as a joke, but that's a legitimate use of a cadaver donated for scientific research.

  28. For anyone curious who didn't want to slow down the video this is the full list
    @5:22
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    BE TURNED INTO A HUMAN VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY

    BE USED FOR WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S SEQUELS

    BE STUFFED AND/OR MOUNTED

    HUMAN SPEED BUMP

    LITERAL BODY PILLOW

    SEAT FILLER AT THE OSCARS!

    DEBONED AND TURNED INTO A SKIN RUG

    HEAD MOUNTED ON A RICH HUNTER'S WALL

    TURNED INTO A JACKET

    GROUND UP AND SERVED IN HOTDOGS AT CHASE FIELD

    FREEZE YOU DEMOLITION MAN STYLE

    BLOWN UP WITH FIREWORKS TO CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY

    USED AS PROP TO HAUNT YOUR FRIENDS

    TURN YOU INTO A HUMAN MR. POTATO HEAD

    TURN YOU INTO A SCARECROW TO FRIGHTEN INTRUDERS

    WILL ENLARGE CERTAIN BODY PARTS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES

    USED AS A SILHOUETTE TO SCARE OFF BURGLARS LIKE HOME ALONE

    SHARK BAIT

    VIKING FUNERAL

    STORE MANNEQUIN

    EXTRA BODY TO MAKE YOUR PARTY LOOK MORE CROWDED

    MOVIE EXTRA

    DOOR STOP

    USED AS A PASSENGER FOR CAR POOL LANES

    AS A FRIEND TO TALK WITH WHEN SAD AND LONELY

    CRASH TEST DUMMY

    TURNED INTO A BEAN BAG FOR STONERS TO SIT ON

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