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Exit Stage Left?

When funny man Stephen Colbert was asked to testify before a House subcommittee on the subject of immigration to be held today, I’m sure he was salivating at the chance to get a bit o’ free publicity. I’m still somewhat stumped as to why, though. Is it because of his overwhelming knowledge of this most intricate topic? Well, it seems his only real “qualification” was that, in August, he worked for a day on a vegetable farm in New York, apparently picking vegetables as some illegal immigrants do to earn a living here in the States.

Well, Colbert made his appearance, in character, saying “America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables,” he said. “Now the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you’ll see that many Americans have already started.” Colbert continued “This is America. I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”OK, that’s sort of funny. However, is a House subcommittee hearing really the place to goof off?

Apparently, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), wasn’t all that amused, either. To his credit, the Judiciary Committee chairman wanted to see the end of Colbert’s “testimony” also. Click here to view the video of his exchange with Colbert.

Now, I’m not a Colbert antagonist necessarily. I find some of his faux-hip comedy somewhat amusing from time to time. However, I do think that since our federal government has a serious problem with time-wasting and hyper-spending that they’d try to take this serious issue a little more seriously. Wasn’t there someone else they could’ve called to testify about this issue, someone with just a little more expertise on the subject? I don’t think this was the proper forum for this kind of media circus.

What do you think? Should the funny man have stayed home or do you think this actually brings more serious attention to the subject at hand?


4 Responses

  1. I’m stunned at Colbert’s willingness to go to a Congressional hearing “in character.” That takes some heavy stones. There aren’t many people who would have the courage(?) to do that. Andy Kaufman comes to mind.

    But at the same time, Congress should have known that Stephen Colbert is a) a comedian, and b) not an expert on immigration. Why are they even inviting him? And why would they expect a comedian to even be serious?

    If I were Stephen Colbert, and I had been invited to speak before Congress, I would absolutely go, so I can’t fault him for going. I really can’t even fault him for going in character.

    I blame Congress for inviting a comedian who knows nothing about immigration. And asking him to leave because he did the thing you knew he was probably going to do just shows bad forethought.

  2. Two words: Remember November. Thank you, Congress for wasting our money, in such an all out way. If it wasn’t clear before this escapade, we are now SURE that you don’t take your jobs seriously. You are on notice.

    That being said, Colbert is a comedian, however, he should have enough sense and decency to “keep his day job.” He allowed himself to be a pon in this. Now, a few years ago he was invited to roast Bush. THAT is totally appropriate (the venue, maybe not the content, but then that’s another debate for another time).

  3. Ah, liberals and conservatives coexisting in the same thread. Feel the love, man! 😀

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