When Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central, showed up on Capitol Hill this week to attend a session on illegal farm workers hosted by the United Farm Workers, he drew the largest crowd seen at a hearing, at least by Congress member John Conyers.
|Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert|
While Conyers wanted Colbert out, the invitation that came from Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to appear on the Hill, stood. Colbert was asked to remain present.
House speaker, Nancy Pelosi said it was a good thing to have Colbert bring attention to the issue.
Colbert took his antics even further with him explaining his time spent picking vegetables earlier in the day at a local farm in New York.
"I started my work day with preconceived notions of migrant labor but after working with these men and women picking beans, packing corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun, I have to say, and I do mean this sincerely, please don't make me do this again," Colbert said.
"It is really, really hard work."
Apparently, being stupid and getting a million dollar television contract isn't.
The session was to supposed to focus on the AgJobs bill, proposed legislation to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for aliens in the United States, (and for other purposes).
Conyers, who has been active in getting the issue of billions of dollars owed to African American farmers, recently paneled a forum with Harry Belfonte during this year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference on saving Haiti.