Brad Pitt's advice for OWS protesters
November 14th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Brad Pitt's advice for OWS protesters

While promoting “Moneyball” in Japan, E! News reports that Brad Pitt had some words of wisdom regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests. His advice? Keep going, learn the issues and come up with a plan.

Americans are questioning a “system that has not served us very well,” Pitt explained to Tokyo reporters of the current movement. He described a system “defined for corporate lobbyists instead of the best needs for the people, and people are feeling screwed a little bit there."

The father of six also stressed that OWS protesters need to keep their momentum. "The most important thing," he said, is "not just getting swept up in the fervor of a fight. If you're feeling marginalized and frustrated, sometimes the release of a fight can pacify for the moment."

But, Pitt went on, it's not enough to simply demonstrate. He also encouraged those involved to educate themselves on the issues and propose practical solutions. "If you're going to say one guy's bad, you've got to back it up with 'This is how we fix it,'" he said.

Do you think the "Moneyball" actor is on point with his advice?


soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. AmericanSam

    Does it matter that Brad Pitt is in the 1%? He's still on their side, as is Warren Buffett. Yes, they both make too much money. We ought to tax the hell out of both of them.

    December 10, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Norman Drew

    As a granparent of 5 and father of 5 who has worked all his life in this 99% field, I am amazed at the lack of intelligent commentary from most of you. You spill out biggotry and hatredt without focusing on the real problem. The real answer to all that is being discussed is in Washington,DC. If you had done some research on our elected officals that have been in office for decades, you would find that 49% of our politicians are millionaires and they were not that when they got elected. they have passed laws that exempt them from the same laws that we are held to, such as insider trading. If you really want to fix this coporate greed and political greed, demand term limits for the elected officals just as we did for the president. Outlaw lobbyists and demand that Congress and the House be subject to the same laws as we are. This is not the total answer, but, it is a beginning. OCW shoud be knocking on Wash DC and then watch what happens if they put their act together, which so far I have not seen other than all gibberish. As for the homeless, some are there because the choose to be, others not so. I have worked with both in the past. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink it.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sparky

    Why don't all OWP move from their local cities to Washing and then see what happens...push it all on Washington!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. FleshWund

    Actually the 1% is the hidden societies at work behind the vail of secrecy, the brotherhoods, the Giacomo, the family of 13, the Skull and bones society, brotherhood of the snake, the people who dress as pagan druids and burn a effigy of care once a year in the calf redwoods. get your facts straight, the builder-burgers butt buddies. and so forth. they are the collective so called wealth society, they feel the useless eaters need weeded out of civil society down to a managed level of slavery thru the course of systematical debt and cashless means of redemption for ones self rights as a human being. Like The great Carlin state "It is a big club and You and I are not in the big club" but they gladly beat you with it daily in higher prices, lack of insurance and wages, and now they want your social security monies.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. fried potatoes

    A system that has not served us very well? Is he stupid or what? It sure has served him and his live in wench well enough!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. opinionated

    Be realistic here, anyone with more than they have is by no means a capitalist! Remember when they, OWS shut down the food lines because they had too many homeless people eatin on em! The ones needing to be taken to task are the politicians on both sides! If they quit taking gratuities, and or it was against the law, maybe then we would see many needed changes, like with acorn, and those with the big lobbyist bucks! Why have a revenge for anyone, rather it's a movie star or the winner of a lottery just because they have more than you, get off you lazy Aws and go to work, the American Dream is still out there!

    November 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dontbow

    Yea lets get the hollywood actors opinions again on politics because they are such a stable and down to earth bunch. lol

    November 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. austin

    so many morons commenting on here. Pitt isn't the 1% because he's not part of the wealthy who are screwing the country up politically and financially. Why don't some of you think about what the man actually said regardless of whether he's an actor or a plumber. The fact that he is an actor doesn't mean he is an idiot. He is exactly right. Protesting WS is like asking a dog to stop licking his privates. Corporations, lobbyists don't care. The protest will get nowhere unless they come up with a solid plan, a solution. Besides that, Pitt worked his way up from nothing in the entertainment business. If so many of you work harder than he does and want wealth, then leave your dull *** lives, move to Hollywood, and bust *** like he did to go from nothing to being somebody. Otherwise stay indoors and cram your fat redneck mouths with those magic mcdonald's cheeseburgers and save us the fodder.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • friedpotatoes

      Austin: just so you know many of us in this country do not think of Brad Pitt when we think of being "somebody" as you say. What he has done with his life is not admirable in any way. Please dont insult people's intelligence by requiring us to believe Brad Pitt is someone to look up to.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bennycat

    All those who check out Brad Pitt's opinion before they make a significant decision, raise your hands.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jozef

      And their reafsul for filming in Bosnia has been revoked , so good news, everything is going as planned

      February 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beavis Comeavis

    This advice is gold. I am not kidding. OWS needs a practical solution if they ever hope to accomplish anything.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Juan G

    Isn't this the small time thief in bed on Thelma and Louise? This is where we get our words of wisdom?

    Should the flea infested protesters need to occupy a job?

    Sometimes foreign journalists do not have their hands tied: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/42119

    November 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allan

    Brad is like so many others in Hollywood who use their star status to spout off about current issues. Who cares what he thinks? The fact that he's Brad Pitt is the only reason we are reading about his opinions. His views should not hold any more weight than the average citizen, and i'm tired of the media giving every "star" a loud political voice.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Caleb

    Brad is as slick with his verbiage as RELIGIOUS LEADERS are.
    It hasn't been to long since he bought a 40 million dollar home instead of feeding the 42,000 children that are dying every day. He is on the verge of retiring because he has so much money and makes you think his doing his share in saving lives from HUNGER and a most of you couldn't care less what he does with his money and it is your pleasure to help him starve the hungry to death because of your GREED.

    November 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Everybody in America is guranteed the opportunity to become a fabulous success but they are not guaranteed they will actually become a fabulous success. I guess you OWC supporters should have kept score when you played soccer, T-Ball, etc., that way you would know how to deal with losing and maybe it would inspire you to continue to work harder to achieve your goals instead of crying that the rich guys should share their wealth with you.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JDarks

    You're right – Brad is a 1%er. But he's on the right side of the issue and has the juice to take on 99% of the 1%. Not many 1%ers going to take your side.
    You're right – Brad's got stuff in his life. What's that got to do with what we're talking about?
    You're right – The folks in the park smell bad and a lot are lazy, or crazy, or have no idea what they're talking about. So, everything that has gone on is ok then?

    It's pretty simple: Forget Brad, forget the folks in the park, just get down to your problem:
    Things are out of balance. What we're looking at is a situation where our democracy is not working. It never "really" worked, but it worked well enough. The Congress is paid for – it was always paid for, but now it is bought off – ; the Supreme Court says your representatives are for sale, and they've always been for sale but not they can do it out in the open, i.e., behind closed doors-; the rich have always gotten richer – but now they are out of control;

    While you're distracted with Brad and park tents (and abortion, and gun control, and prayer in schools, and unions, and every other hot button issue that Republicans throw at you to keep you looking the other way, they're still robbing your bank. Wake up! They're stealing your money! And thank the dummies who have the good sense to occupy on your behalf.

    November 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. EndTeapublicanInsanity

    It is time for the REVERSE NORQUIST PLEDGE. Any candidate who does not pledge to RAISE TAXES ON THE SUPER-WEALTHY must be voted down in 2012!! This country can not thrive without a healthy middle class and the middle and lower classes have been sucked dry for 30 years now so that the super rich can make more and be taxed less. Enough is enough. DEMAND ALL CANDIDATES TAKE THE REVERSE NORQUIST PLEDGE!!

    November 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Pat Riot

    So much for freedom of speach on this site. (CLOWNS)

    November 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LEE

    he and agnie are so overrated, the public is really starting to see. The both think they are god.
    its a good thing they are are getting out of the movies, because they will be dropped just
    like tom cruise. I mean how much money do they want. they will break up, because what goes
    around comes aroundl they help nobody unless is benefits them.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. Rowdy Annie

    Most definitely!!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mommy Moore

    To all the haters...do you even know the person you are talking about?! I'm from his hometown and let me tell you about what I know of him. His younger brother is a business man in town. He was concerned about the immediate needs of the students in our community. He started a program called the Care to Learn Fund. Brad and Angelina have donated to this and they endorse this program.

    "Whether Africa, Cambodia, or Springfield, Missour – a kid is a kid, and we have the ability to ease their suffering. Care to Learn is doing that." – Brad Pitt, Benefactor (Source: http://www.caretolearnfund.org/sponsors.aspx)

    As a recent recipient of the unquestionable assistance offered by this program when I found myself short on grocery money I can tell you this is a wonderful program! The school principal showed up at my house with $100 worth of groceries after my daughter mentioned we were low on grocery money for the month because I was paying everything up so we could move. No questions, no applications, no family service calls...just "we know you are struggling and Care to Learn is in place so we can help you." I've never been so thankful for a home visit from the school in all my life!

    He visits our community from time to time. He knows what's going on. He may be rich but he's not immune from it. Give the man a little credit.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. MotoJB

    Oh yeah, a filthy rich actor telling the common man keep marching on....he's so far gone from issues that the common man faces.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kevin O.

    Brad is not cute any longer and has not aged well, therefore his opinion is null.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sick of it

    I think its Hight time Mr& Mrs Pitt Adopt A poor child from The USA if they really care about America,,Thats what I think,and can't understand why they haven't,,,,My Guess Is they want constant attention from the press on how sweet and caring they are,,HMMMMMMMM!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ocupar

    this idea that Occupy has no mind power or vision behind it is ridiculous and ill-informed. the idea that Occupy has to lay out a plan Against a particular ill, as opposed to the idea of creating a counter-cultural movement as has been voiced repeatedly and is apparent in the multiple topics addressed in various protests – is out of touch. while I think celebs are certainly well-suited to contribute their time and money toward various causes, they carry no expertise in advising efforts they are not involved in. duh.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kay

    What is it about people that once they become famous they somehow think they know everything. Pitt is dumber than dirt!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. dont ask

    Hey Pitt, you are one of the reasons OWS even exists and since you cannot relate personally to ANYTHING OWS stands for, keep your mouth shut.

    November 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  27. rollingeyes

    some of the issues the OWS movement is fighting for
    ========
    Fighting for? All i have seen are terrible posters against jews..rapes-robbery-trashing public parks..
    Glad the mayors and police are getting them out and sending them back to mommy and daddy

    November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Why

    Is it the first thing the 1% celebrities do is become "charitable", I use that term loosley here.They put all the money in a tax-free charity that they happen to run. Sure they give some away, but the vast sum they have is protected from being taxed. They also like to pretend to live no different from the rest of Amareicans. How ignorant do they think we are?

    November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. choopychups

    Doesn't Brad look like a thinner cersion of Mikey from Orange County Choppers in this pic? Strange!

    November 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. kiki

    Dear Brad Pitt, you need a haircut and a shave. Sincerely, "Us"

    November 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Simple Man

    Voltairine: That's how nothing ever gets solved – admiring the problems with no solutions – critics never changed anything.

    Brad, this system "that hasn't served us very well" created one of the most successful countries in the history of the planet and made you a multi-millionaire. Not to say that we don't have problems that need fixed, but I think the system you're knocking has served you VERY well.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bottom Up

    Right on Atypical. Change must come from the Bottom Up. Only 1% of America's population is fortunate enough to have the looks, money, intelligence, and social connections to be today's CEOs, celebrities, politicians, professional athletes. The rest of us Ninety-Nine Percenters are expected to pull the corporate slave wagon, with half of us paying taxes and carrying the load. If you stop buying movie tickets, sporting event tickets, save gasoline by carpooling or walking, invest your money in local municipal bonds, boycott big box stores and chain restaurants, then perhaps social change can happen. However, at least 50% of Americans are too busy putting food on the table to boycott, resist corporate goods and services to get involved in OWS movements. The unemployed aren't taken seriously because they lack a serious plan and clear cut goal setting.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mymaria

    um, what???? we care what this actor thinks?? he's an actor for crying out loud. he acts. we are a bunch of idiots if we give a hoot about what he thinks.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Greg

    Thank you Mr. Multi-Millionaire for declaring what is the best for the working class. Now, I trust you will sleep soundly in your gated community with your equally rich and beautiful wife. Truly a MAN OF THE PEOPLE!

    November 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Voltairine

    It isn’t the responsibility of OWS to solve a mess that it didn’t create.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  36. chantal

    I agree with me 100 percent. They are ignoramouses thet eat boggers and might be lesbeans.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Contrarian

    Brad's advice to have a plan and solution is the best advice he could give the OWS movement. They lack leadership, structure, and specific goals. How about tackling the high costs of gasoline, especially in major cities. I was in Oakland yesterday and the cost of 87 octane is $3.75 per gallon. Yet in other parts of California the same gallon costs $3.50 per gallon. Why the quarter per gallon difference? Gas stations are allowed to inflate for metropolitan, economic enriched areas. Everybody know if you want cheap gas, drive to a bad area and receive a discount. Pay premium prices near Interstate exists and highly desirable areas. OWS movement could effectively lower gasoline nationwide if they focus on a few key issues. Gasoline prices negatively effect everyone's opportunity to move, commute, and travel.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kathy

    he's the 1% because he WORKED for it and he's a few of the 1% that cares enough to help people all across the states and overseas. so knock it off. be fair.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  39. xdougx

    OWS advice to Brad Pitt: Until you can empathize with being poor, keep your advice to yourself!

    November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. atypical

    sue,, how can you complain that celebrities are rich because "we" pay their salaries? if you want to change the system, change your relationship to the system. no one makes you buy a movie or a movie ticket.
    just like no one forces people to pay outrageous ticket prices for sports event, perpetuating the practice of paying obscene salaries to sports figures, while teachers use some of their modest salaries to buy supplies for their students. change must come from THE BOTTOM UP. be aware of your own priorities and look at your own priorities.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. hoco poco

    This explains everything:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BJ_RPu4Hws&w=640&h=390]

    November 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. sue

    How about your Hollywood rich b@stards coming out and supporting the American 99%?? Afterall, we are the ones who pay your salaries. Get on board – or maybe you'll stop making all that money from movies, cds, etc when we have no more money!!

    November 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. KALOWG

    He should have also added they need to police themselves. That if they see someone destroying property, they need to jump on those people and turn them over to police. This is the key difference between them and the tea party. The Tea Party policed themselves.

    Until them their silence on the rioting will undermine their message. Whatever that happens to be.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • F---Holly'sWood

      Yup. Watch them online for free. Most are crap + major hype. If you like what you saw online, buy the official copy on DVD/ or BababooeyRay and give the grips & gaffers their their due. (I'm pretty sue're the stars aren't starving)

      November 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  44. C

    So a guy that gets paid millions and millions of dollars to play/pretend/"act" has advice and an opinion on how our society should handle money, taxes and what not? OK?

    November 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      C, what is your occupation? Do you have no opinions on topics outside your field?

      November 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. DOUG

    All of those occupy people are gay. And they need to take a bath. They stink worse than an opossum.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jfk1971

    My advice: Go home, clean yourself up, get a job, make sacrifices, work hard, quit complaining and maybe you'll actually make something of your life.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      What's your sage advice, oh enlightened one, for the millions who ARE staying home, staying clean, and looking for work each and every day but still not finding jobs? Careful you don't get a nose bleed up on that high horse of yours.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unemployednojobsinus

      Easy for you to say, I guess. I have been unemployed for 8 months and there are no signs of jobs opening up in my field. Would you care enough to stop saying 'get a job' and instead put up your (apparenently opulent) money on the table to re-train people for current in-demand jobs? Please attach a copy of your 2010 federal income tax statement to verify your income generating agility, taxes paid and charitable contributios made to your fellow citizens. The ball is in your court/

      99 and losing a house

      November 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • IcompletelyAgree

      Damn straight1 If we had only kept hold of the Bush/Reagen policies, all of the weak would have been dead by now. I personally am sick and tired of working all day stealing underpants for profit only to get out of work and having to kick a beggar on the way to my car.

      ID10Ts untie!

      November 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  47. NERF

    They are just dirty hippies. Spray them with fire hoses.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Alex in NJ

    This entire mess is the result of left wing thinking. The banks started dishing out all these awful loans because we somehow got this false idea that everyone has a right to own a house. False. Everyone has the right to earn ownership of a house. Furthermore, the bailed out banks have repaid the government plus interest. The auto companies had to be bailed out because their unions (which are a racket for the Democratic Party) made it impossible for American companies to compete with Asian companies. The auto companies have also, not paid back the government, unlike the banks. This Occupy Movement has a very real cause. In 2008, many thought the election of Obama would bring about European style socialism here in the U.S. Now though, with the Eurozone collapsing as a result of the bloated welfare states, and with Barack Obama's approval ratings falling, the Left Wing establishment that is majority of mainstream media, Moveon.org, and others are freaking, so, they cooked up with Occupy Movement. The Occupiers are not the 99%. If they were, we'd be a socialist nation already. Ultimately though, they will lose, because it's not money that is power, but intelligence. Those who favor individual liberty and capitalism, are far smarter than any of these Occupy people.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • daddycaine

      wow. now you've cleared all that up, lets move on. we can just kill all the left wingers and all our fiscal problems will gom away. NOT

      November 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • AleexIs AnIdiot

      You effin moron! No banks have paid back their loans to the Federal Government. Ford has Repaid thier loan. That's all. Read the news, knucklehead.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Actually Ford never borrowed any money and Yes the banks paid it back...I do my homework, I have a degree and I have a job...and while I agree with the OWS people in principle they have no action plan...besides whining...seems like everyone wants a handout, people I know that voted for Obama were hoping for a handout...talk about racial profiling, they assumed that because he is black he would support welfare for all! Now that he's failed to deliver (not just on that but on so many levels) they're looking for a new 'hero' to fight for the common man. Used to be being 'common' was not a good thing.

      November 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Bill

    He is a D I C K.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  50. lojenk

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Penm9hnsTr8&w=640&h=390]

    November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. pooopasaurus rex

    I herd they are just a bunch of lice infested hippies that smell really bad. Dang hippies.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Molly U. Brown

    The Occupy Movement needs real leaders in each city along with infrastructure to weed out anarchists, bad criminal elements. If you don't know other members in your party, it will get ruined by opportunists and malcontents. Secondly, intelligent education programs is the biggest wealth equalizer in this country. Few can grow up to be professional athletes, celebrities, politicians, and CEOs who make up the 1-2%. Choosing wisely a degree is of paramount importance. Math, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, and medicine top the lists. However, Americans are too busy idolizing sports figures, reality show nitwits, and celebrities to put in the study time it takes to tackle the sciences. So they opt for the soft sciences, humanity degrees, and other me me me, feel good programs.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda C.

      Once must remember that a large majority of the 99% cannot afford a college education, and if they manage to get one, they cannot afford to live off whats left after student loan payments. Other countries provide university education free to students...sound expensive? At first yes, but in 10 years, a program would pay for itself in increased taxes received from these people. Of course there would need to be limits, such as a 6 year time limit and progress in the SAME program. No changing majors for the whole period over and over. It could reasonably be expected that within 20 years the government would be making a profit. Yes, some of those million dollar salaries to college administrators would need to be reduced but then again, it is time the 99% have the opportunity to actually increase their ability to earn a decent wage in today's high tech world, especially since so many of the higher paid manufacturing jobs are overseas.

      November 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Steve

    Anytime someone in the 1% group comes out in favor of the "Occupy" movement, it just raises the hair on the back of my neck. Why would a person who is "UBER-RICH" want a group of poor people to protest against his way of life? Is it because it makes him 'One of the People?' Does he really believe in their cause and intends to change his way of life? Or like any good magician, is mis-direction their true intent? Get everyone to look in one direction while you do something else in the other. Well just today, Rapper Jay-Z, who also says he supports the "Occupy" movement, announced he is selling "Occupy" tee shirts, and from pre-orders, he stands to make as much as $12 MILLION in profit from their sales! Oh yea, the rich really do support the movement!!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  54. sharky

    Yeah it is easy to talk Pitt when you can command up to 30+Million per movie. By the way Mr. Pitt you are the 1% they don't like.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • meme

      Oh no, the 1% doesn't apply to liberal celebs that the OWS people like. Funny how they are now complaining that the homeless people are eating their donated food. Can we hypocrisy?

      November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      If you had actually thought about it, or learned anything about what the OWS protesters are primarily protesting, you would know its not the 1% that is the problem. Its the 1% who don't pay taxes, who give little or nothing back to society, whose focus is on making money at all costs. Its about the current level of corporate control over government, the lobbyists who shape public policy for their master's ends etc. The banks who gladly accepted a bailout after they screwed the pooch, and then paid out record bonuses to their CEOs instead of passing things on to the people whom they ruined in their pursuit of financial gain. Celebrities like Pitt or billionaires like Buffet are not the problem. They made a lot of money but there is nothing wrong with that. Its the abuse of the power and influence that is the problem. The US is a very corrupt society controlled by major corporations who owe no allegiance to the US itself.
      Instead you, like many people here, had to just spout ignorance about OWS and its supporters. I expect that but its always disappointing.
      Even shallower people posted about his relationship difficulties instead of what he said of course.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  55. radioactive redhead

    I didn't realize he had a brain. I learn something new everyday.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. stacie

    All of you are way too serious. This is the entertainment blog. Not the washington smarty pants political one. Did you know that DOOOODOOOOO is DOOOODIE LIKE. Plus brad pitt is a dooodoooosandwich.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Humps

    Wow.....good thing CNN tells us what movie stars think to help us break down intellectual barriers like this. I venture to say that he is part of the 1% too....but nobody pickets movies or NFL games, etc.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mark

    i agree he's going to figure out a way to pin this protester problem on Jen ... haaa

    November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Deathstalker

    What he stated is obvious. Expressing general discontent is all well and good but solutions need to be put forth and agreed on in order for anything to get done. For instance high gas prices. That is the number one reason for our economic issues. Put forth a good idea to fix this issue agree on it and push it up to the top for review by the public for the public. Work at it till everyone agrees.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  60. Cynthia

    The FIRST PLAN is to get MONEY OUT OF POLITICS and our politicans will then work for the people and NOT THE HIGHEST BIDDER!! Do you people NOT READ?? The information is out there EVERYDAY!!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • NeedSun

      And/or we need to get Corporations/lobbyists out of politics. The country is really run by the many big Corporations in this country and they are the ones pulling our politicians strings. They don't care what WE think about anything.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      You hit the nail on the head Cynthia. Plain, simple.

      November 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont ask

      Agreeeed. Lets go back to the good old days when serving the country was like jury duty, where you still had a career on the side and having a seat in congress was a temporary duty not a career. The system of checks and balances falls apart when the checks are blank and anonymous.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      Yep, the USA has the best politicians money can buy :(

      November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  61. mark

    yep...jen's going to get it again i can feel it! ...

    November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  62. Margaret

    Is he blaming Jen for this now? LOL

    November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  63. Tina

    I think this is the first time I actually understand something Brad Pitt has said, and agree with him. Although I love Brad Pitt, a lot of time people try to sound intelligent and they end up sounding ridiculous. That's how I've found Pitt to be. But this time, he actually makes sense to me.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      OWS lacks an organized voice. Brad is correct and I am not exactly a Brad fan. In this case, he speaks the truth and it is good advice. I would have joined the protest in NYC yesterday but feared the police seemed a bit ready to fire. I watched the early news at 5:30 a.m. and saw the body language and weapons. They were posed for attack.

      November 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  64. ian

    not sure who miss pitt is, but i wish her all the best!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  65. @Wilder

    Aniston is hotter than Jolie, really? I really don't think so. He may be the 1%, but he does a lot of charity work for the less fortunate.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex in NJ

      Yes and so do almost all people who have become wealthy as a result of their hard work in offices on Wall Street. So Pitt gets a pass just because he entertains you and agree with your political viewpoints but if someone works on big bad Wall street they must be evil? The Occupy Movement is such a total joke.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      LOL! I am with you Wilder, there is no way she is hotter than Jolie. In her dreams. She has the body of an 18 year old and the face of a little lady from Pasadena. LOL!!

      November 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Denise

    Good advise Brad. If your going to complain, you better have the alternative ready to go.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • redhat817

      I agree Denise. Don't complain if you don't have an alternative. Something the Republicans need to understand. And I am registered Republican.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Actually he did provide an alternative to the OWS movement. He said what you are doing is not working but its a good idea. His suggestion coming up with a plan. Which is exactly why I will not support this movement. It is a bunch of hippies protesting to protest. Come up with a plan or stop wasting space. Not sure how you thought he didn't provide an alternative must be smoking the OWS peace pipes to much... Or maybe getting in on some of the other illicit protest activity maaaaaann.

      November 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Eric: Really? Your going to call them hippies? I remember that hippies protested a lot and actually did a lot of good with their protesting. Now some want to say that, because they do not have 1 single message they should not bother protesting. I see it more like, you have so many protesting so many problems. Their not screaming at the 1%, they screaming about the 1%.

      Its different to scream, take away from the rich than it is to say, make those who have money pay their share... because in this country, the rich have enough lawyers and lobbyist that they don't have to pay their share. That is something worth protesting.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Which is exactly the problem with our current group of politicians. They throw around slogans and buzz words, but have no clear ideas about how they would solve anything. They say what they think people want to hear for their own personal gain.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Wilder Napalm

    First of all remember Pitt is part of the 1%. Secondly, this is the same i d i o t that left the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, Jenn Aniston, for Jolie. Enough said about this mans judgement.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      WN, there are many people who would vehemently disagree with you when it comes to the "fact" he left JA for AJ, and whether that was a mistake. If you do NOT have the same goals in life, it is hard to make a marriage work. Whether Pitt is part of the 1% or not, he donates millions to help others in this country, as well as others. He is not a person who is without intelligence in the matter of finance, building, and caring about others.

      Second, he is right to say, "Don't have a fit unless you have a solution.". because destruction without construction is often worse thatn the system at hand. If there is no solid decision other than, "Give me your money!", then we are talking about thievery and chaos.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Seriously you are turning the debate into a celebrity tabloid?

      November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sickofthe1%hype

      I'm so tired of the people hating on anyone with wealth. The 1% definition is inherently flawed, and doesn't take in to account anything other than wealth/income/$$. Just because a person has money, doesn't mean he/she is part of the 1% (if you look outside a very LAME definition). The 1%, IMO, are the people who got us here, not the people who worked hard, worked within the guidelines of the law, worked with the best of interests of themselves AND OTHERS, but gained wealth while doing it. Brad Pitt is NOT the reason for America's problems...I'm pretty sure of that. Crawl back to your ignorance, and have another cup of the coolade.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      I like both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston and I was shocked when they broke up. But...I somehow can't see Jennifer with 6 kids or traveling the world for charities or building homes in New Orleans. The split was probably best for both of them.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      its not your judgement either. you are not perfect therefore ill equiped to judge and there are many beautiful women in the world and he has one now, not only beautiful outside but inside and with a compassionate heart that lobbies for the poor, what does Jen do? sleep around. oh yea, he left a winner alright! lol

      November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • carol

      GOOD ONE! Wilder Napalm Cheers to you!

      November 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • choice

      @sick of the hype. Agree with everything except your spelling of kool-aid. have you never had it? Are you part of the 1%? lol

      November 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      No disrespect, you have your opinion, and this is mine. Nothing against Ms Aniston, but she is far from being the most beautiful lady in Hollywood. She has a cute fugure but the face is sort of plain and the chin should be replaced. Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood but to me she is not the number one beauty. Jenn never made any most beautiful list. The best figure yes. So don't get carried away. Besides, men leave women all the time, no matter how they look. Ask Jessica Simpson, Reese, and J-lo. Jlo is the hottest thing ever.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston Guy

      99% of the people who complain will never offer a solution. If they have a solution then they will never see it through. They love to complain about anything and everything. If I were in the 1%, I wouldn't pay more taxes than required so why blame Mr Pitt? It's the law makers that have their pockets open who should be changing the laws to help the 99%,, not the 1%. They will never do it when their pockets are getting full from a few 1%ers. At least Mr Pitt shares his money to the poor, unlike many of the complainers here.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo, NYC

      Jen Aniston farts under the blanket so nasty that Brad had to do this. He farts and then goes to bed for your information. What do you do?

      November 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeMazzla

      Not for aything bro but some would say that Angelina is better looking. And from what most reports say, he left her because he wanted a family, and she was known to be sort of too self involved. Say what you want about him but he is very active in causes as is Angelina...and Aniston isnt really as much.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      You don't understand what the 1% means. The controversy is not around them per se, but about a whole set of policies and legislation that favors the 1% to an obscene degree not seen in the US since prior to the Great Depression. Pitt is fighting for a different reality, for the other 99% and for different policies.
      As to the whole Jennifer-Angelina thing, you only show your penchant for irrelevancies here as well.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  68. Angel

    Well, at least he's saying something constructive to those actively involved in OWS. Great idea, initially, but what now? What are their plans? Ideology without a plan for action is useless. Identifying seriously bad issues without offering ways to improve are useless. Good on him for being vocal.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherry

      Brad Pitt is the 1% and we experience the "injustice" you speak about everytime we pay for a movie ticket – actors like Pitt work approx. 6 weeks on a film and get paid in the millions – that is also an injustice!

      November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThetaOne

      Angel, agree 100%!

      November 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • orrigionalbettina

      sherrie..stop buying the movie tickets if it is causing so much resentment.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lul-ing

      @Sherry – wow, jealous much? Just because someone is wealthier and/or has an easier/better paying job than you do is no reason to bag on them. Its not their fault you lack talent, ambition, or discipline to excel.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • choice

      UUUUHHH?@ Lul-ing, that is the exact principle of some of the issues the OWS movement is fighting for. By even saying "jealous much" you are showing that you have no idea what the point of that comment was. Working for a couple months and making 20 million dollars, or sitting in an office trading stock and making a 50 million dollar bonus on top of huge salaries are the types of things the OWS movement is fighting against. No one said that he didnt have talent and shouldnt get paid nor did she say she resented going to the movies but $20 for a ticket? Brad Pitt puts alot of money towards charity and does alot of charity work, he doesnt set movie prices thats corporate greed doing that. He made a good point about educating yourself, which many of you commenting have not.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      @Sherry: yes, he is one of Them, and yet even he sees it is wrong this all is. You are jelous, your problem, I think as of nw, Brad Pitt is an OK guy.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaiah

      @Sherry He is the 1% but he is the 1% who doesn't gripe about paying taxes. He helps those less fortunate – all the time. He is socially active and cares greatly about the 99% (like me). Kudos to Pitt for speaking out.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malavaina

      There are different positions in the battle field, someones have the courage to be the outside protesters. Now they know that they need a plan in order to succeed and it's provided by the ones that can speak louder but do not dare to spend a night sleeping outside in support of the movemment.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      Good point Angel, it would be great if people like you who are asking Occupy to create an action plan submit some ideas to OWS. You can do this by searching OWS n Facebook, then posting your suggestions. They are very open to suggestions, and even have a survey you can take which really helps. This is your, mine, OUR movement, so speak up about what you want changed and HOW you would change it. Our time is NOW!

      November 20, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Joel Johnston

      To say that Corporate greed is responsible for overpriced theatre tickets is ridiculous. The Teatre owners have a right to a profit, which comes after paying a lot of money to show that movie. The production company who gets that money has a right to earn a living as well, after paying for the actors. How many tickets do you have to sell just to pay for Brad Pitts Salary. If he earned $50 million, then you have to sell 2.5 million tickets to break even just for his salary. Of course if he only made $10 million, then you only have to sell 500,000 tickts to break even.

      And I suspect the cost of the movie would go down, and the cost to show the movie would go down, and the cost of the seats at the movie would go down. But it is all about corporate greed isn't it – simple thoughts from Simple minds.

      Simple minds need to get jobs and understand what reality is.

      November 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mik

      I believe you need some of the 1% in order FUND some of the ideas that have come forth, however, unfortunately, NONE of the 1% has offered up the funds... surprising? Not in the least! They like the way things are, why would they use their own funds to change things?

      November 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  69. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/illicit-but-ill-defined/

    November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      I agree with you. Enough is enough. Get busy with something else, let me see, like, YOUR LIFE!

      November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • YoSoyMilk

      It appears some of what you are posting has already been explained and discredited. Keep using the same 10 year old theories and ideas. #WTCwasaninsidejobbecauseitwastoocoldoutside

      November 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ebolaman

      they play to the masses so the masses will buy more tickets. they cater to the lower middle class yet not a one volutarily cuts a major check to the US Treasury to add funds to a broke government. They have 5 mansions.

      Quit going to their movies and quit worshipping multi-millionaire actors. they're action like your friends.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peds31

      Have any of you that are supporting this protest actually been to NYC and seen what is going on there? Did you know that the VAST majority of the tenters in NYC are actually the homeless that are squatting there because it's a place they weren't getting kicked out of? Have you heard any of the actual protesters speak? The amount of anti-semetic speeches borders on a hate-rally. A local NYC network news interviewed a lady who just received new shoes from someone sending supplies to the movement, and actually came out and said it was her first new pair of shoes she had in 5 years.......she is homeless, present simply because no one is kicking her out of the park. Would well-educated reformers just leave their urine and fecal matter on the grass and sidewalk of a park? Of course not, and these protesters aren't educated or looking for reform. The idea of the movement is definitely legitimate, but you guys need a dose of reality to what it actually is.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • electric52

      Brad is correct in one thing, the OWS people need to come up with a response on how to fix it, otherwise they're no better than any other grumpy out-of-work DEADBEATS who would rather fight for a HANDOUT than get a JOB.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy Kimble

      Brad sometimes you should just keep your mouth shut. Like you have any idea what United States citizens are feeling right now. Why not hop on your private jet and get the heck out of here. We the people already understand the issues. Where getting screwed while people like you countuine to get all the breaks in life. Then you act like you made it to the top all by yourself without anyones help. Well someone had to come see your movies.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mik

      In response to Peds 31: Yes, I believe that most, if not all, of the tenters in NY are the homeless... now WHAT IS THAT TELLING YOU???? Perhaps, if big corporations and the rich were paying their FAIR SHARE of taxes, these people would have no NEED to have to live in a park and urinate and defecate in public!! Dumba$$

      November 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  70. PittStop

    Not quite. According to his interview with Howard Stern, He wants Angie and the kids out of the (or at keast the basement) so he can pack his Hershey Highway with hashish. Google it already.

    Jus Sayin

    November 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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