Stephen Colbert Asked To Leave Immigration Hearing, Declines
September 24, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox Political News) – Stephen Colbert has become known for his comedy act, where he plays a conservative journalist mirrored after FOX News pundit Bill O’Reilly. But he is slowly starting to enter into the political conversation, and after taking the challenge of working on a farm under the same conditions as an illegal farm worker, he is testifying before a House panel.
When he first sat down he was almost immediately asked to leave by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, but Colbert refused, saying that he had been asked there and intended to stay.
“I’m here at the invitation of the chairwoman,” he said, referring to Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California), “and if she would like me to remove myself from the hearing room, I am happy to do so. I’m only here at her invitation.”
Lofgren said that she wished him to stay, and knew that many people would like to hear from him, especially after his recent excursion on a farm for his show. When he stood to speak, his words were poignant but humorous, with the kind of sarcasm we have learned to expect.
“As we’ve heard this morning, America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. 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,” said Colbert.
Many have criticized Colbert being called as an ‘expert’ at the immigration talks. But, as CNN pointed out, this is far from an isolated tactic. Sesame Street’s Elmo spoke for a music program to Congress in 2002.
Really, it isn’t even that strange apart from the celebrity status. He may not be an expert on immigration reform, but he did take the “Take Our Jobs” challenge, which makes him uniquely suited to speak about the program and his experiences working under the conditions of an illegal immigrant.
At least he was funny, while still making a point.