'Occupy Wall Street Hollywood': Entertainers On Scene of Protests
10:32 PM PDT 11/1/2011 by Rebecca Ford
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on in New York since mid-September and have attracted a steady stream of famous visitors. Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Kanye West are just a few of the big Hollywood names that have dropped by the protests, which aim to bring attention to the country's corporate greed and corruption.
Michael Moore was one of the first famous faces to drop by the Occupy Wall Street protests. “Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?" the filmmaker told the crowd. "A lot of people, they end up...doing well and they completely forget about who they are and where they come from.”
On Oct. 10, Kanye West -- currently embarking on a nationwide Watch the Throne tour with Jay-Z -- visited Occupy Wall Street with entrepreneur Russell Simmons to show support. West, who wore a flannel shirt and a gold grill, stopped by Zuccotti Park for a brief time, not making any public speeches like other bold-faced names have.
Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morelloperformed for protesters Oct. 13 at Liberty Plaza/Zuccoti Park, less than a week after performing at Occupy Los Angeles. Morello received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 2006 and recently released the World Wide Rebel Songs album.
Susan Sarandonmade an appearance in lower Manhattan and spoke to the Wall Street protesters on Sept. 27. Seen here wearing a Teamsters jacket, the actress told the crowd, "It never changes from the top, it only changes from the bottom, and this is great."
Author and political activist Naomi Wolfwas arrested at the protests on Oct. 18, after challenging police claims that using a megaphone required a permit. She was held in custody for a brief period of time before being released. She promptly posted a response on Facebook, claiming that she was "arrested for standing lawfully on the sidewalk."
Hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, who has been a supporter of the movement since its earliest days, has used Twitter to share his thoughts on Mayor Bloomberg and the protesters. He even went so far as to donate any funds necessary to clean up of Zuccotti Park in order to avoid a police confrontation.
On the fourth day of protests, Rosanne Barr stopped by Occupy Wall Street. "I’m so glad to see you guys here. I’m just so thrilled that so many of us have been actually able to crack our program–our mind control program that we’ve been living under for all of these years–and I salute you," she told the crowd.
Actor Danny Glover attended the Occupy L.A. protests on Oct. 8. "We don't need weekend warriors," he told the protesters at City Hall. "We need 24/7 warriors." Glover has been known for his activist work. He was arrested in Maryland at a labor union protest last year.
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin visited the protesters in mid-October, spending about two hours at the Occupy Wall Street protests. He chatted with demonstrators and discussed his own beliefs on corporate corruption. "I don’t know what ending the Fed would ultimately mean for capital markets in this country. Because you have to have capital markets in the country,” said Baldwin in a video of him at the protests.
On Oct. 7, Arquette and her brother Richmond stopped by the L.A. protest site to show her support for the movement, saying " greed is not the American way," and "we believe everyone deserves to make money and realize the American dream."
The American folk singer best known for "Alice's Restaurant," visited the Occupy Wall Street protest on Oct. 22 with fellow folk singer Pete Seeger. The pair, along with other musicians, participated in a march on New York's Upper West Side then performed "We Shall Overcome."
Actor Tim Robbins joined Occupy Wall Street in the demonstration outside the Federal Courthouse in Foley Square on Oct. 5. "This is what an actual grassroots movement looks like," he told the Financial Times. "It's a bit sloppy and disorganized but full of passion."
90 Degrees singer Justin Jeffrewas arrested during an Occupy Cincinnati protest on Oct. 23. Jeffre, who has been a community and political activist in Cincinnati since the boy band went on a “self-imposed hiatus” as Jeffre’s website puts it, pled not guilty to trespassing.
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