Stephen Colbert: "I like talking about people who don't have any power..."

It was actually hard for me to find this footage - most of the online clips of Colbert's testimony on immigrant labor cover his rehearsed (scripted) statements.  Here, the man speaks with language that gets me right in my gut:



I like talking about people who don't have any power.  I want to learn how to give up some of my own for the sake of others.

4 comments:

Ira said...

Somehow, the contrast between this and his satire makes it all the more poignant (and I'm a big fan of the satire).

Al said...

You gotta love a guy who will quote Jesus: "Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers." I'm not a fan of people who toss Bible verses like hand grenades, but to me this came across as heartfelt and genuine.

I also like people who stand up for a demographic that they are not a part of. It seems comparatively appropriate and expected for a gay to champion gay rights, or a black to speak out against racism (and it's a good thing that they do speak out, since most of us don't stand up for some other minority group). But Colbert represents everything about power and rights and authority--and is standing up for people who have none of the above.

Preach it, Rev. Colbert!

nate said...

Great clip...I'm pretty impressed with how simply Colbert put the contradiction that's placed upon immigrants. I've been a huge fan of Colbert. He's a pretty edgy but committed Catholic.

Existential Punk said...

i liked what he said and how he said it.

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