The Buzz: Colbert spars with Cardenas over porn, ‘Taco Tuesday’

04/25/2014 5:45 PM

04/25/2014 9:55 PM

Another congressman gets the Colbert treatment

Nearly a decade ago, Stephen Colbert profiled the San Fernando Valley as part of his long-running segment called “Better Know a District,” playfully grilling Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the region’s well-earned reputation as a pornography Mecca.

“The San Fernando Valley has seen more tail than a toilet seat,” Colbert asserted.

Given his reputation, it might seem ill-advised to appear on the program. But this week, another valley lawmaker agreed to endure the verbal punishment in exchange for some national exposure. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, was seemingly undeterred as he fielded racially charged questions about immigration and his family.

Colbert started by giving the congressman an indecipherable “porn name” and asking why he sponsored a resolution for Mexican Heritage Month. “You guys already have Cinco de Mayo – and Taco Tuesday,” Colbert said. Cardenas held his ground.

Later, Colbert accepted a delivered burrito, which he ate suggestively over adult film-inspired music. The congressman kept his composure, concluding that Colbert was “just loco.”

– Christopher Cadelago

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