Occupy Wall Street: Alec Baldwin Visits the Protesters (Video)
The "30 Rock" star spent about 2 hours at the New York base on Tuesday night.
Alec Baldwin is the latest star to drop by the Occupy Wall Street protests for a visit. At about midnight on Tuesday, the 30 Rock actor spent two hours talking with demonstrators and explaining his own believes on the Federal Reserve and corporate corruption.
“My thanks 2 Aaron from Brooklyn and Sean from Winnipeg for this evening's OWS tutorial. My first. A lot of dedicated people at #ZuccottiPark,” Baldwin wrote on his Twitter.
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Baldwin is approached by a camera man, and at first he says he’s not answering any questions, but then he answers some questions.
Baldwin is asked about his beliefs on the ending the Federal Reserve.
“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, who comes off well-spoken in the video.
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“I think most people want change in this country, but they don’t want this country to go down the tubes,” he said.
When one of the demonstrators starts lecturing Baldwin on what the Fed is, Baldwin asks him if he has an actual question. When the demonstrator says he was just making conversation, Baldwin says, “I’m aware of what the Fed is, I’m just saying that I’m not familiar with – I don’t think anybody is really reasonably familiar with – what dismantling the Fed would do to financial markets.”
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Baldwin isn’t afraid to attempt to have a conversation with the protesters, even his detractors, during his visit. Baldwin asks one man, who seems to have been berating the actor with questions, what he actually wants from Baldwin. The man tells him he wants a verbal endorsement of Ron Paul. Baldwin tells him he won’t do that, and says, as he did earlier, that he wants to learn more about how dismantling the Federal Reserve would affect the country.
The Occupy Wall Street protests, which seem to be a message against corporate greed and corruption, have had visits from several actors and filmmakers, including Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore.