Stephen Colbert testified in front of a House subcommittee this morning about immigration policy. He was in character, so it was brilliantly sarcastic and funny, but also scary — is it that easy to turn Congress into a farce? Yes? Yes, it is? Oh.
“At the request of Congresswoman [Zoe] Lofgren, I am here today to share my experience as an entertainer-turned-migrant worker and to shed light on what it means to truly take one of the millions of jobs filled by immigrant labor,” he told the committee. Colbert spent 10 hours on a farm in Upstate New York as part of the United Farm Workers of America’s Take Our Jobs campaign, which highlights the need for domestic agriculture reform by encouraging out-of-work legal residents to apply for farming jobs typically held by undocumented immigrants. “I’ll admit, I started my day with pre-conceived notion of migrant labor,” he said. “I have to say and I do mean this sincerely – please don’t make me do this again. It is really really hard.”
Colbert tried to submit his colonoscopy video into the Congressional record, and said he didn’t want to eat tomatoes “picked by a Mexican.” Instead, “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,” he testified. Ah, Congress. You can watch the full testimony here, or part of if right here:
Colbert’s commitment to staying in character, even when being peppered with questions from Congressmen and Congresswomen? Unreal, PopWatchers. Are you as floored as I am? [ABC News, CNN, Washington Post]