Kanye West Visits Occupy Wall Street Protests

1:50 PM PST 10/10/2011 by Rebecca Ford
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The rapper joined Russell Simmons to show his support to the demonstrators on Monday, Oct. 10.

Kanye West arrived at the New York Occupy Wall Street protests on Monday afternoon to show his support to the demonstrators.

Russell Simmons, who has been a vocal supporter of Occupy Wall Street, brought West, who sported a flannel shirt and a gold grill, to Zucotti Park. They stayed for only a brief time, and West did not make any public speeches.

“I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd,” Simmons wrote on his Twitter.

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Kanye West may be one of the most famous faces to drop by the protests, which have been occurring since September 17 in New York.

Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore have previously shown up at the demonstrations, and each of them had encouraging words for the protestors. Actor Mark Ruffalo also attended the protests on Saturday, Oct. 1, when hundreds of protesters were arrested for blocking part of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream became one of the first corporations to make a statement of support earlier on Monday.

The protests are to oppose corporate greed and to bring attention to the misdeeds of Wall Street. While the protests have been based in New York, they are now beginning to spread to other cities including Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Chicago.

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