Stephen Colbert: What will he say in congressional testimony?(Read article summary)
Stephen Colbert is slated to appear Friday, in character, before a congressional subcommittee. His (and the subcommittee's) topic? 'Protecting America's Harvest.' No kidding
It‚Äôs true ‚Äď Stephen Colbert is going to testify before Congress in character. He‚Äôs scheduled to appear Friday before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.
The hearing is titled ‚ÄúProtecting America‚Äôs Harvest," and it‚Äôs supposed to start at 9:30, but Congress generally runs a bit behind schedule and Mr. Colbert is listed fourth on the witness list, behind a political science professor from Vanderbilt. So you probably don‚Äôt have to look in until 11 or so if you want to catch him on the webcast.
And a lot of people will want to watch, which is the point of having him, after all. We‚Äôre sure all the other testimony will be very, uh, interesting, but don‚Äôt you want to know what a fictional blowhard TV pundit will say about ‚ÄúProtecting America‚Äôs Harvest‚ÄĚ? He‚Äôll probably start off by asking Congress to organize militias to help guard America‚Äôs crop of butternut squash.
Actually, there apparently is a real connection here: Colbert had the head of the United Farm Workers, Arturo Rodriguez, on his show in July, and accepted the ‚ÄúTake Our Jobs‚ÄĚ challenge from Mr. Rodriguez. This challenge called for Colbert to take the job of an immigrant farm worker for a day or so, to demonstrate how hard that work is. The UFW posits that American citizens don‚Äôt want to have to underake this kind of labor anymore.
As Colbert said on his show Wednesday night, ‚ÄúIs farm work something Americans will do? Depends. Do corn fields have WiFi?‚ÄĚ
So Colbert went to the Gill Corn Farm in Hurley, N.Y, to investigate. And if the stuff he‚Äôs broadcast so far is any indication, the Democrats who invited him to testify don‚Äôt know what they‚Äôre getting into.
Yes, he‚Äôll get lots of attention. But he‚Äôs a comedian ‚Äď you don‚Äôt know what he‚Äôll say.
‚ÄúThe immigrant job I was hoping for was Mexican wrestler,‚ÄĚ he said Wednesday night in his first report on his Gill Corn Farm experience.
‚ÄúThis all seems fairly archaic to me,‚ÄĚ said Colbert. ‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt get our food from farms any more. We get it from grocery stores.‚ÄĚ
As you might expect, not every lawmaker is happy about fictional characters giving Congress expert advice.