Stephen Colbert knows that America is facing a jobs crisis of epic proportions. Hundreds of hard-working people are laid off every day, and the country’s truthiest political pundit understands that even his cable TV job could eventually be on the chopping block.
That’s why Colbert has been on the prowl for a “fallback position,” some kind of job he can do if “The Colbert Report” is canceled…or outsourced to India. Most of the careers he’s explored thus far have been pretty glamorous: astronaut, spy, tennis champ. But last night, he decided to take on a different kind of job: migrant farm worker.
In July, Colbert promised United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo Rodriguez that he would participate in the union’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign. With so many people complaining that immigrants are taking all the good, American jobs, the UFW decided to create a program that allows citizens to literally take a migrant worker’s job: back-breaking farm labor.
So how many people have accepted the “Take Our Jobs” challenge?
That includes Colbert. On last night’s episode, he packed corn and harvested beans on a farm in upstate NY. Needless to say, it was ridiculously entertaining. Check out the clip here.
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My favorite part? Colbert’s “Laverne and Shirley” moment with a crate of corn at 4:48!
Colbert also testified in front of Congress today, in character, about the state of farm labor in America today, and about the lack of rights for migrant workers. Head on over to Mother Jones for a clip and their coverage of this kind of surreal event.