Is the Stephen Colbert Congress video funny? Critics are already speaking out that the Stephen Colbert speech concerning migrant farm labor was uncalled for. Some Republicans weren’t exactly thrilled with his speech that lasted well over his five minute allotment.
According to a Fox News story, the Stephen Colbert speech was viewed by some as a waste of valuable time on the floor. Not everyone had a negative reaction. Some politicians seemed to believe the speech would bring much valued national attention to an issue that has been seemingly overshadowed.
The Fox News story includes the entire Stephen Colbert Congress speech video(which lasts over 5 minutes and is filled with many one liners). “I certainly hope my star power can bump this all the way up to CSPAN1,” Colbert said as he began a lengthy speech aimed at directing publicity migrant workers. Colbert continued to add one liner after one liner throughout the course of his speech.
“The obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables,” Colbert said without flinching or breaking a smile. Colbert went on to say he was admitting video of his colonoscopy into the testimony.
“This is America, I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican,” Colbert added. “I want it picked by an American, then slice by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”
Colbert continued to talk about the subject of immigrants and labor for the next four minutes without much laughter. Some politicians actually had the nerve to tell FOX News and other media outlets that Colbert went off on a “comedy routine”. How dare they? He is, afterall, a comedian.
“It was clear that his written testimony that was delivered to us last night was not delivered at all,” said Republican Steve King of Iowa. King was apparently not amused with the switch to a comedy routine instead of the proposed speech Colbert was expected to deliver.
What did Stephen Colbert hope to accomplish? Or was this just some sketch for a future show?
If you aren’t aware of who Stephen Colbert is–he is the host of “The Colbert Report” which airs on Comedy Central. He’s a guy who gets paid to make people laugh on a nightly basis.
Personally, I found the Stephen Colbert speech video funny. His use of satire to help raise awareness will probably be misconstrued by some people as an opportunity to promote himself. I think Colbert sarcastically and purposefully digs brilliantly at some of the issues with humor. His obvious choice of comedy makes sense since it is his best vehicle in such situations and that the seriousness of such issues doesn’t always bring about change. Was it the appropriate forum to hold such a speech? Probably not. In that situation, Colbert is putting politicians in a terribly tough position. Can they seriously afford to laugh at something of that nature this close to elections? That kind of makes it even more funny in my eyes–because Colbert realizes the depths of which his language could have impact. You might not think Stephen Colbert is funny–but he has a lot of intestinal fortitude to pull of that Congress speech.
Some politicians are now worried that such a speech might set a precedent of what will come in future sessions. It seems kind of unlikely that another Stephen Colbert moment would be a strong possibility. If there is a precedent, maybe Congress will now screen individuals providing testimony more thoroughly–or maybe they won’t take chances allowing a comedian to take to the podium unless his sole purpose is to do comedy.
Whether Stephen Colbert was right or wrong-he certainly brought a lot of national attention to the subject of migrant farm workers. If that was his intent, he truly succeeded. The story has aired on every national network and is ranked high on search engines as of 6pm CST on Friday. For that reason, I don’t think the Stephen Colbert Congress video can be viewed as something completely horrible.
And it was quite funny. Maybe he could have used a little canned laughter to let people who just don’t get it when to laugh. Colbert utilizes sarcasm with truth so well that sometimes his audience needs to pause for a few moments before realizing what he is getting at. Hopefully this speech does bring attention to the issue and doesn’t draw so much negative criticism that his comedic genius is overlooked.