Jon Stewart’s team takes on Charlotte’s local culture

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 8:55 EDT
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As Jon Stewart and his Daily Show crew descended on North Carolina – “one of the country’s top Carolinas,” he called it – he sent his band of correspondents into the city to get their take on the Democratic National Convention’s host city Tuesday night.

Stationed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame building, Jessica Williams called it a metaphor for the Democratic party.

“Just driving around and around in circles, covered with the logos of the companies that own them,” Williams said. “They’re thinking to themselves, ‘We’re getting somewhere, right? We’ve been in this car for three hours.’ Never quite realizing that everyone else is just here waiting for them to flame out in a giant wreck.”

Meanwhile, inside the local convention center, Samantha Bee was quick to point out that the facility was used for filming of scenes from the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, though the connection she made was much darker than Stewart’s suggestion that having the movie there paints the city as having a vibrant art scene.

“It’s not at all that both are gleaming facades masking a grim post-apocalyptic reality where children fight each other to the death in a land devoid of hope,” Bee said sarcastically.

For his part, Al Madrigal wasn’t seeking any type of symbolism – he was just drawn in by the food.

“Any food you buy in North Carolina is served on a biscuit,” Madrigal told Stewart. “I ordered a biscuit; it came inside another biscuit.”

But John Oliver wasn’t as charitable toward the local barbeque scene.

“Let’s be clear – Carolina barbeque tastes like shit,” Oliver said. “It goes Texas barbeque, Korean barbeque, no barbeque, Charlotte barbeque.”

Watch the team’s Tuesday night report, aired on Comedy Central, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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