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Stephen Colbert to Testify in Front of Congress ... In Character?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 23rd 2010 11:10AM
Stephen ColbertWhen Stephen Colbert testifies in a congressional hearing about immigration on Friday, he won't be appearing as Stephen Colbert, regular citizen. Instead, he'll appear as Stephen Colbert, TV character -- that is, if The Daily Caller's anonymous "Republican source" is to be believed.

The hearing, called Protecting America's Harvest, will focus on immigration issues relating to a group called United Farm Workers, which works to legalize the illegal immigrants working in American farms. A spokeswoman for the House Judiciary Committee told TDC that the hearing is a "serious issue . . . this is not a TV stunt."

Colbert's testimony is a result of UFW president Arturo Rodriguez's July appearance on 'The Colbert Report.' "Americans don't want to work in the fields. It's very difficult work, it requires a lot of expertise, and the conditions are horrid," Rodriguez told Colbert in response to his claims that "Those jobs belong to American farm workers!"

In an effort to prove those jobs are not actually being taken from American workers, Rodriguez started a program called Take Our Jobs, which allows American citizens to work in the fields to understand the reality of the work. Colbert volunteered to be the fourth Take Our Jobs participant, and filmed the experience for his show. Immigration subcommittee chairman Zoe Lofgren was present that day, hence Colbert's congressional appearance.

Tell us: Should Colbert testify in character? Are you surprised he is appearing in front of Congress?

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I'd hope he doesn't---doing it in character would make a mockery of a serious hearing. If you've ever heard him speak out of character he is a well spoken guy, and think he'd do just fine in front of the committee.

September 23 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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