Stephen Colbert wanted to do something that was pretty unheard of for a television show. Alongside his interview with documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, he wanted to have an actual naturalization ceremony on air.
At first, this idea was approved by the DoHS but unfortunately the White House shut down the idea soon thereafter, saying that it was a very important process for the inducted citizen, and that they didn't want it cut down for air time or satirized:
"The government made a unified decision to refrain from formatting a naturalization ceremony for a television show," press secretary Chris Bentley said. "We did so to ensure that the qualities of the ceremony are not impaired in any way. Our naturalization ceremonies remain open to the public."
Not sure that the definition of a unified decision is to be approved by one area and shut down by another. Just sayin'.
We can understand that it's an important process and that it shouldn't be mocked, but if it's anything like Pelosi's documentary where it's this very powerful moment for those involved, we don't think Colbert could have even touched it. In fact, we think he would have made it even more important for them for putting it on the air for all to see.
As for the air time situation, if it was a huge deal for those being inducted, then the answer to that would be to find some people who didn't mind, and were eager to have it on national television!
For some reason, we're getting the feeling that Colbert makes the government a little nervous. It could be because of that ruthless White House correspondent's dinner that Colbert hosted a few years back.
Stephen, that sucks! You could have us on to fill time if you need it! Ha!
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