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Last Call: Samantha Bee pulls a Guy Fieri to show how restaurants depend on immigrants

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Screenshot: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (YouTube)
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Full Frontal goes Girl Fieri

Samantha Bee only gets more fun when she goes off set and on location on Full Frontal, and her journey this week offers a valuable view into how immigrants constitute the backbone of the restaurant industry. Many are undocumented, and sending money back home, so they often do the food-industry jobs no one wants to do (“Why can’t people stop clogging restaurant toilets?” Bee wants to know), making them indispensable to pretty much everything Americans eat. We hear the inspiring story of Christina Martinez, who worked her way up from a dishwasher to own Philadelphia. Then Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi stops by to underline what Bee is saying about immigration, and also to judge Bee’s half-hearted Top Chef attempt. It’s all worth a look over at YouTube today. [Gwen Ihnat]

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Michelle Yeoh, professional ass-kicker

You might recognize Michelle Yeoh as the domineering tiger matriarch in Crazy Rich Asians, but for us Hong Kong natives, Yeoh has been a professional on-screen ass-kicker for a quarter century. Yeoh is known for doing all her stunt work, and the above compilation is a six-minute sampling of her glory. All hail. [Kevin Pang]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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Bart Fargo

One thing I’ve been pondering lately is just how dependent on cheap immigrant (often illegal) labor our food industry is. These people work in brutal conditions and don’t get the same benefits as citizen workers, which helps keeps costs down which are then passed on to us customers. But at the same time many of us lefties talk about the need for a living wage, despite the fact that in the food industry at least that would require raising the prices on all of these items we’ve gotten used to having for cheap, and which many people may not be able to afford if prices go up. Would you be willing, or able, to pay $8 instead of $4 for a bag of apples if it meant the fruit pickers in Washington State got health insurance?

It’s such an unfair Catch-22, and one I feel like our big agriculture industries intentionally created.