Stephen Colbert Takes Capital Hill
Alan Silverleib, CNN
“There’s nothing funny about the issue of migrant farm labor — unless Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is discussing it. Colbert, accompanied by a media swarm, sarcastically testified on Capitol Hill Friday about the conditions facing America’s undocumented farm workers. The popular host of “The Colbert Report” told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee that he hoped to bring attention to the workers’ hardships.
“I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1,” he said. Thursday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report” showed him packing corn and picking beans on a farm as part of a challenge from a pro-immigrant-labor group.
“They say that you truly know a man after you’ve walked a mile in his shoes, and while I have nowhere near the hardships of these struggling immigrants, I have been granted a sliver of insight,” he said in his prepared remarks, which bore no resemblance to what he actually told the committee. Colbert — who plays a conservative, hyper-patriotic talk show host on television — appeared alongside United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, whose group over the summer launched “Take Our Jobs,” a campaign that challenged U.S. citizens to replace immigrants in farm work.
The group, which says only seven citizens or legal residents have taken it up on the offer, argues that immigrant workers aren’t taking citizens’ jobs, and is pushing for a bill that would give undocumented farm workers currently in the United States the right to earn legal status.
On his show Thursday night, Colbert mocked those who deride his appearance, saying he agreed that showing up in character would “sully the good name of experts that Republican-controlled Congresses have actually called to testify in the past,” like Elmo, the Sesame Street character who promoted music education before a House subcommittee in 2002.
“If we did we’d realize that every day … Americans perform the dirtiest, most difficult, most dangerous (jobs) that can be thrown at them.” Many of these workers, King said, “would prefer the aroma of fresh dirt to that of the sewage of American elitists who disparage them even as they flush.”
Alan Silverleib, CNN
but one thing i must say,
many registered votes woke up early to watch Mr. Colbert on Capitol Hill bringing attention to this issue.
and that’s all that really matters