Occupy Wall Street: What Hollywood Is Saying About the Protests

8:08 PM PST 10/01/2011 by THR staff
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Mark Ruffalo, Yoko Ono and Russell Simmons react to the demonstrations in New York.

On Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street protest led a march in New York that caused hundreds of arrests when some of the demonstrators blocked passage to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The demonstrations, which have been going on since September 17, are to protest corporate greed and corruption. The demonstrations have already gotten a couple visits from actors and filmmakers, including Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore.

“Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?" Moore said to protesters and reporters on Tuesday.

Some actors and entertainers have spoken out on Twitter about the Occupy Wall Street protests, mostly in support of the efforts.

Actor Mark Ruffalo not only spoke out about the protests, but attended the events on Saturday.

“Fighting for liberty, justice and equality are about as American as you can get. Are you really against that?” he wrote Saturday.

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“I am witnessing the general assembly @ #OccupyWallSteet. It is truly a democratic thing of beauty. The speakers words carried by the crowd,” the actor wrote.

Ruffalo, who will star in The Avengers as Bruce Banner, also wrote, “If there is nothing to see #occupywallstreet and it is insignificant why all the police? It's happening.” Ruffalo did not seem to be at the scene where the arrests happened.

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Russel Simmons has also been tweeting a lot in support of Occupy Wall Street, writing “give power to the people and not to corporations. take the money out of Washington.”

Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam, wrote on Saturday, “I urge the protesters to be peaceful and the NYPD to protect them and show restraint.”

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Yoko Ono also commented on the protests, writing about her late husband, John Lennon, “I love #OccupyWallStreet As John said, ‘One hero cannot do it. Each one of us have to be heroes.’ And you are. Thank you.”

Michael Moore continued to express his support of the protests even after his visit. He wrote: “Wall St is afraid. But we're peaceful ppl. We have other ways 2 stop them.”

30 Rock actor Judah Friedlander took a lighter tone in his comments about the protests: “Today I'm going to the #Occupy Wall Street protest so I can protest Wall Street 2. The movie. I don't think it holds up to the 1st one."

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