October 3rd, 2011
02:40 PM ET

Celebs support Wall Street protesters

They may not be in the "other" 99 percent, but wealthy stars are still lending support to the Wall Street protests.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, celebs like Mark Ruffalo, Yoko Ono and Russell Simmons are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations started in Manhattan on September 17 to protest corporate greed and corruption, especially in the finance industry.

“Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?" filmmaker Michael Moore said to protesters and reporters last Tuesday. Moore visited the Manhattan demonstration, as did Susan Sarandon.

Sarandon said to protesters, "It never changes from the top, it only changes from the bottom, and this is great."

Rapper Lupe Fiasco and Princeton professor and activist Cornel West also attended the protests, Reuters reports.

Mark Ruffalo stopped by the protest on Saturday, and tweeted, “Fighting for liberty, justice and equality are about as American as you can get. Are you really against that?”

That same day, 700 people were arrested for blocking the Brooklyn Bridge.

Russell Simmons has been encouraging Occupy Wall Street, tweeting, “give power to the people and not to corporations. take the money out of Washington.”

Yoko Ono even involved late husband, John Lennon, in her support for the cause. “I love #OccupyWallStreet," she tweeted. "As John said, ‘One hero cannot do it. Each one of us have to be heroes.’ And you are. Thank you.”

On Sunday, more stars took to Twitter to weigh in on the protests.

Movie critic Roger Ebert wrote: "Wall Street protests spread to Los Angeles. People are fed up with thieves."

Roseanne Barr also seems to have no sympathy for finance fat cats, tweeting, "The working class of this country were destroyed by wall street as the middle class was encouragd 2 jeer at them& call them lazy #goesaround"

"Does anyone else get the feeling that Occupy Wall Street is just the tip of the iceberg on both sides?" pro surfer Kelly Slater tweeted.

Musician Regina Spektor went to Facebook to criticize American media. "Occupy Wall Street has been peacefully protesting, holding general assembly, and marching for a week," she wrote. "Only now getting press after they arrested 700 people ... something is very wrong when hundreds of Americans gather and no mainstream media wants to report... Has anyone seen the old movie Network? this is sad...."

What do you think, should more stars get involved in Occupy Wall Street?

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Sam

    I have a huge problem with celebrities beginning to endorse OccupyWallStreet, especially Russell Simmons. He has his own debit card infomercial which airs on MTV late at night to encourage (young) viewers to buy into it and believe that because it is a debit card (and endorsed by Russell Simmons) and has a daily limit that it is better than spending with a credit card. This is a SCAM, no thanks Mr. Simmons we do not need more debt enticers. Russell Simmons is part of the problem dragging young people down. He is showing his support at OccupyWallStreet to gain publicity for himself and his own endeavors. Be careful whose voices you invest in OccupyWallStreeter's.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CB11

    Just proves what a bunch of clueless idiots are involved in this! To all those protesting: if you're against corporate wealth – you'd better take a close look at all those stars that are supporting you. THEY are rich. THEY own stock and have dealings with AND make profits on Wall Street. THEY are big business. THEY are part of those big bad Capitalists that you hate so much! While you sit around, smelling like you haven't bathed in weeks, they will come down for the photo op and the hurrahs – then quickly rush away to thier mansions with their room-sized showers and steamrooms! !Ha! Ha! Jokes on you! But hey – they feel good about themselves because they stood with the "little people" ...awww...ain't that nice of them? SUCKERS! Until I see the likes of Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon give away all THEIR profits and live on a typical $40,000 a year middle class salary, they have no voice in the unfailrness of the corporate greed in this country! They are as thick in it (if not more) as anyone on Wall Street!

    October 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    I have been a proprietary trader for about 2 years, and have some experience in the industry. I can tell you people how it works on Wall Street. Investment Banks are borrowing large amounts of money through the discount window at the Fed. They have the ability to borrow money at 25 basis points. This is essentially free money for these banks. The zero interest rate policy implemented by the Fed was supposed to get banks to start lending again. Unfortunately this excess liquidity has not gotten the banks to actually loan to any average Americans. Auto-loans, mortgages, and small business loans are not the bank's priority. The money has not trickled down to the average people or small business owners in any way, shape, or form. The banks have been involved in U.S Treasury arbitrage. This is where they borrow money from the Fed at extremely low interest rates and buy U.S Treasuries and profiting between the spread between interest rates. This is a free profit. The banks are hoarding the money. The current policy has allowed for interest rates to remain at historical lows. This has hurt the savers of our country. This has also hurt the boomer's who are about to retire in mass. People who were going to retire on a fixed income have to drastically change their plans. The current policy has also allowed inflation to effect prices of our everyday goods. Commodities prices have soared through the roof since the crash. The massive bid up in commodities prices have not been caused by fundamentals to their respective market places (supply and demand). It has been caused by a deliberate attempt to debase the value of our dollar through increasing the money supply. The middle-class has been hardest since the crisis for the reasons I stated above. High costs at the pump and the grocery store have made it extremely difficult on average families and consumers. A low interest rate environment would be great if money was actually being loaned to average people! Even people with good credit are being rejected for loans. The low interest rate environment hurts the savers. The savers are not earning anything on their money. Prospective retirees are very nervous about low interest rates because the last thing they want to do is be forced into riskier securities. The business model on Wall Street is driven by quick profits. The risky use of leverage through derivatives continues to prosper through the banking system. The incentive system has to change or Wall Street's means of profiting never will.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thor

    Communist finally take over in Hollywood and now they are trying to take over New York. If you don't like capitalism move to another country, or better yet give me your money.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bud

    Don't celebs work for corporations?

    October 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CB11

      Yes they do – and many have become incorporated – why? TO MAXIMIZE THE PROFIT MARGIN!

      October 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bud

    Ask any one of these stars to terminate their contracts with corporations if they are serious. We all know it won't happen. Who do they think they are fooling? OK, maybe Yoko. But she doesn't work anyway – thank God.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the_dude

    Stars getting involved with a cause is a good way to turn regular people off from the cause.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SoVeryShy

    Our brightest stars always lead the way.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Your a joke. Their are no bright stars just idiots trying to take away your freedoms.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bagocheese

    The usual suspects. Release the hounds.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    The real question is who is th They that I'm talking about. I don't believe I'm at liberty to say. However, let's just say everything the media show is not true. There are deep secrets. One has to do a bunch of research and filtering to find the truth, but the truth is there to be found if one searches.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    OK, this has been the deepest conspiracy ever (that I know of) and the powers that be have been playing generations of people like a fiddle. It all boils down to iniquity and money and the use of one to cause another. Their goal (which I'm almost certain is short term secure) is to turn us against eachother so society is turned upside down. Then they have been fooled into thinking that this is overall in the end philanthropic.
    This is a work of darkness.
    Peace be with you. Repent. Jesus is coming.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. big Al of KC

    Takes an Idiot to know an Idiot. Life is a doubled-edge sword and you can't please everyone, even the complainers and whiners!

    October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scott francis

    This country has always been run on credit and in debt...we never had a credit limit....why now? It is Wahington that pulls all the strings...they need to print more money and put us to work...the retirees better get involved because thay are living to long and not passing their wealth to their kids....thats the real problem 2 generations of kids to care for with tax $...actual kids and retirees....do the math...if you are over 75 KILL YOURSELF

    October 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. William H Washburn Jr.

    ok if yoko, and moore support this then is it a good idea to do the same? but seriously, why is it everyone blames president bush for everything? corporate greed has always been around. now this current economy, why is it nobody points out the fact that the economy was fine till the dems took control of the house and senate? and only gotten worse since obama took over. stop and look its not president bush's fault for every little thing.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LP

    JMG- You're wrong on that, it was the previous admin and Paulson who gave to the banks without the necesarry mandate that the money be lent out. I'm not even sure you can get Bush on that one; I think this is just about everyones fault, but when you're wrong, you're wrong. Put specific blame where it belongs.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Pliny

    Seriously....you clowns can argue AGAINST the Wall Street Protests.

    Do you idiots ENJOY what has been done to our country?

    Do you idiots ENJOY the destruction of the middle class?

    Do you idiots ENJOY struggling from check-to-check while the rich-and-powerful LAUGH at your misery?

    "Only little people pay taxes."

    And you idiots are the littlest people on earth.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Getajob

      Emotion is always the sign of a weaker position vs. Logic and reason. Note most of the people against the protesters aren't using emotionally charged language and name calling. By all means, continue screaming at buildings...that will definitely change things. Meanwhile, I'll keep working, getting paid, and creating jobs.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. big Al of KC

    One more example of "Liberalism" is killing this country! Also the hypocrisy from the celebrities that Wall Street added to their financial wealth!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bo777

    Revelution fever Beck was right! It started in Tunisa spread through the middle east than Europe and now its in our backyards. These ppl dnt kno wut their protestin they just want to be a part of something bigger like in Libya they have motivation that is wrongly placed we need to focus our power to help america not turn this into a civil war

    October 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. c a illinois

    capitalism is on verge of collapsing the rich and greedy have to cheat and steal from the have nots to substain...classwar is on the horizon because the have nots will break out of the corner when they get their bellies full of the lies!

    October 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. ny1

    It's the greedy Jews that own most of the wealth.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. Emelia

    I admit I'm still new to this myself–I'm 20, with 4 years of money managing skills and massive dyscalculia, I admit I'm not the smartest person to discuss this. But most of my friends are either living at home with parents or out on the street, because they cannot find jobs that pay well enough to allow them to fend for themselves. I can see that even while I'm not sure where along the line, or how to fix it... Even I can see that there is a problem here. We have to change something.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Samii

    Let's take a step back. Thomas Jefferson, our founding father, did not agree with this new country being in debt, but allowed it. He himself filed bankruptcy and died owing lots of money. This problem runs deep.

    To shoot each other may be a solution for some, but in reality it will only bring more violence, hunger, suffering, and death. Look at the past–our own civil revolution and other countries.

    We were not put on this earth to kill each other, but to learn from each other, accept our differences, and focus on our similarities. We all want a better future for our children.

    The protest are peaceful-- their voice, in this land of freedom, is allowed to be heard. Does that mean the minority doesnt love this coutry? I think it is bc of their love that they want to see change before we continue to fall into a financial chaos.

    I don't agree or disagree with the protest. I just know that we need to come together to find solutions.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  23. Emelia

    Meg, in 99% of the versions of Robin Hood I've read, the villagers he gave money to were by no means slackers. They were working, like nearly everyone else. They had big families to feed. The problem was that taxes were so high that they were being forced out of more money than they were capable of bringing in. If you make $10, and you want to buy something that is $7 with $5 in tax, are you keeping or losing money? That's the situation they were in.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  24. Searching for an Atheist Extremist

    Power to the people

    October 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  25. Joka

    Must be nice to get unemployment to finance your new job as a wall street protester.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  26. Donkey Party

    The ignorance on display from you brainwashed right-wingers is mind-boggling. One of you idiots (JMG) blames President Obama for the bank bailouts, when it was the previous administration's doing. It's become clear that there is no reasoning with right-wingers, as they refuse to accept fact, instead believing every lie spewed to them from Limbaugh, Beck, and Fox Non-News. Revolution is coming, along with civil war, and I can't wait to exterminate as many of you America-hating anarchist Koch-suckers as possible.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. hillbilly

    You people need to stop believing the dems 60 year old lie.and everyone screamin kill bush and kill the republicans you are the new terrorist not people like me that you say cling to my god and guns.i maybe backwoods but i was brought up to give a hand up not a hand out so the goverment can take their hand out and shove it where the sun dont shine i dont want it me and my family are fine.another thing how about stop labeling everyone like asian american or afriacan american why dont we all just be american.is that to much to ask.thats just my opinion

    October 4, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. Getajob

    I brought my son down to the protest, to show him what people who do not study and work hard are forced to do when they don't like something....get in the way, yell at large stone buildings and accomplish nothing. Instead of wanting to redistribute my wealth, the wall street protesters should redistribute my work ethic. And Michael Moore...really? His presence only strengthens my point. A man that makes a misinformed movie about the high cost of healthcare, says he will lose weight, and remains morbidly obese (medically defined, not a cheap shot). The hypocrisy is transparent and amusing.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • I Was Laid Off

      I am pretty sure they are upset their jobs were redistributed elsewhere while corporations are still pulling in healthy profits and the the top tier executives not only keep their jobs but get bonuses and raises. BTW have you not noticed how hard it is to get a job lately? They aren't exactly growing on trees. But I am sure the rise in unemployment and continuing to stay high has nothing to do with any of this. Getalife

      October 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Getajob

      I have one. And I spend it working hard to provide for others. Financial services is one of the largest job providing industries in the US. Hating the entire industry because a select few get bonuses is like Muslim extremists hating the US. Neither are some theoretical giant to be vilified as a thing into itself. The finical services industry is the mother from the Bronx working as a bank teller, the man in Soith Dakota working as a receivables accountant. Go ahead, hate an industry that provides a livelihood for millions of citizens. MOST importantly, if you're mad about bailout money, all the large banks paid theirs back to the citizens of the US...at a profit to taxpayers. Of you were consistent in your logic, you'd be protesting the auto companies that still and will never pay put their bailout funds. Or better yet, that ponzi scheme solar company that Obama just lost 1 BILLION of your dollars funding without doing any due diligence. to find the cause of your angst, just look in the mirror and at the man you voted for.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mammy

    What a bunch of phucking losers! This is a bigger non-event than Woodstock 2.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. Teddi

    I have had these sentiments for over twenty years, always distrusted Wall Street and the greedy Corporations including the type of person who would work for them. It may be too late, our country is such a mess because of their greed.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  31. Good!!

    It shouldnt end well!!!!! time to take back our country!!! rich ppl must d*e! republicans should d*e!! its all bush's fault!! he did this to our country!!

    October 4, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  32. Donna

    These protesters are understandably mad a hell. Where else do they go to do this? Wall street is a symbol of wealth and huge bonuses. The cornerstone of the problem may not be wall street exactly but they are right. Things have to change. I have a feeling this is not going to end well.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. dtcpr

    THis has been going on Since SEPTEMBER 17, it is OCTOBER 4. This did not start getting media attention until after the arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge. I came onto CNN looking for an article after the first set of arrests when girls were pepper sprayed in the face by NYPD and NO WHERE on CNN could you find an article. Why the media blackout?? People have the right to peacefully protest. Blcoking the bridge not the best move, but it finally got the attention of the media.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  34. RW

    Simple equation: Obama wealth redistribution equals pressure on US Congress equals lower lending standards by govt mortgage agencies equals record defaults equals current mess.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  35. Punter

    Somehow Josh, you don't come off as a brain surgeon or a Nobel winner.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  36. hermit trying to be informed

    I get the capitalism of being able to make money but when you do it on the backs of others it becomes a moral issue. Robin Hood is not applicable in this situation because you are the only one resppnsible for your money issues. I am an unemployed single mom through no fault of my owm except for standing up for ethical behavior in corporate America, which I teach my kids. I do not blame anyone but me and I know that the rich keep getting richer but the poor need to stand up and realize that they do not have to get poorer. It depends on what you are willing to give, do, and what your principals are. Since this is a capitalist system the soimetimes HUGE difference between us and them is what it is about but quit crying. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and go on. You are the one in charge of your life and it does't matter what that 1% does because you cannot control that.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  37. Brashon PITTMAN

    How they got all this money for wars but not 4 jobs

    October 4, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  38. Sokman

    1) Did any of these celebrities who are moved by the "plight of the people" offer to pay bail on the 700 people who were arrested? 2) I dont think I could have put it in any better words than JMG did. Well played sir.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  39. JMG

    Banks using bailout money to pay bonuses is wrong, but it was the Obama administration who agreed to let them distribute the cash without any limitations. Who gives away hundreds of billions without making requirements on where that money goes? Also, check your facts, it was Washington who required banks to give out loans to people that had no business receiving those loans. This is undeniable, and the overwhelmingly dominant cause of the financial crisis. It was the banks who tried to tell the White House their lowering of loan requirements was dangerous, but Washington went ahead anyways. The housing market crashed BECAUSE of all the garbage loans, and a recession which could have been staved off was perpetuated by people stuck in loans they fiscally never should have been given. I'm all for smart regulation and transparency with huge corporations, but this blame game is pathetic. I mean dude, Wall Street is mostly business, not banks. These protestors aren't even protesting at the right place. They are demonizing Wall Street which mainly consists of companies like Apple, coca cola, mcdonalds, microsoft, ford. Hell even half the banks involved tried to refuse stimulus money but were forced to accept it. I commend free speech and ppl getting involved, but someone needs to tell these kids it's Washington's fault. Wanna protest some executives getting a few million? Or the idiots who forced our economy into submission? Come on man.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  40. Astonished

    I still can't get over how the tea-bagging posters here do not understand how they have been manipulated to their own destruction! What a bunch of idiots!

    October 4, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Punter

      Oh, come on! You mean you haven't figured out that the Tea Bag Party is really a scam by the Democrats to make the Republicans look bad? Oh Yeah! It's all been a farce!

      The RNC will reveal the truth at the summer RNC Convention at how the Democrats had infiltrated the party with pretenders faking the parts of Tea Bag Candidates because after the 2012 election, no matter who won for election they were all going to walk across the Aisle and become Democrats!

      What a master plan! But I think it is too dangerous to wait! It must be revealed now! Before they get any farther! Down with the Tea Bag Aisle Crossing Traitors!!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  41. @Madhater

    Luke perry!! lol

    October 4, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  42. Dan

    The Corporations/Republicans don't care. This whole thing has carried so/too long to further widen the gap between the rich and poor. And make President Obama look bad.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  43. madhater

    Maybe if Luke Perry was there, I would find this interesting.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Crystal valdez

    Stars don't change crap.... they still get grossly overpaid and live their lives in mansions on secluded hilltops and wipe their greedy asses with our money we spend to watch their bs crap which only gives us a short break from this horrible world and backwards economy!

    October 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Snarky

    I'm sorry but these protestors are frickin morons. Yes, let's shut down a bridge, that'll show Wall Street! Actually, you're just preventing thousands of people, like yourselves, from getting to work and making money. Shutting down a bridge doesn't hurt Wall Street you idiots, it hurts the people you say you're protesting for. This stupid group did the same thing all last week. Hey, let's shut down a single branch of a large bank, again, who does that hurt? The little people who actually work at that bank, not the big fat cats who actually craft the policies they're complaining about. All they've done is step on another little person in their attempts of attacking the banking industry. If you have a problem with the way McDonalds as a company operates, you don't go into a local McDonalds and shut it down with obnoxious protesting, nor do you cut off traffic leading to that location. All you're doing is harassing local workers who just so happen to work at the companies in question.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  46. fred ca

    So shallow people, who are inter-changeable cogs in an industry that celebrates spinning non-talent into 'celebs' (instead of producing creative and honest art), are proud of their support for those who are protesting... something. Those protesting are too inarticulate to be able to state what they are protesting (the only item they have stated clearly so far is a vicious and disturbing anti-semitic mind-set). So we have the mindless and talentless supporting the mindless and talentless. Sounds like a modern hollywood movie treatment to me.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  47. meg

    Why are we protesting wall street? Making money by force or fraud is wrong no matter who you are, but unfortunately, most people protesting don't understand what they're protesting. They need not be jealous of others money or feel pity for their own situation. People are not forced to take out loans they can't pay back, or not save their money for emergencies like getting laid off. If people want to live their lives dependent on those who create industry for our country, then they make themselves vulnerable to those creators' faults, like lying. One shall respect their money to save it, and live independently as to not be completely dilapadated by others faults. Its a free country and a capitalist economy, so go forth with your innovation, genius, and drive, and create the american dream for yourself.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvice

      Wow you impress me again meg. These people have been laid off and there job sent overseas because corporations don't want to pay an American wage. I agree to save for emergencies but if you get laid off and you have a home loan who can plan for that? Your obviously not connected to this situation and why there at wall street.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stewie

      Meg, its called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. RW

    Another observation – I didn't see any of those Hollywood elitists sleeping under tarps in the rain. It's nice to be a Rodeo Drive radical – it so much more civilized. With these clowns for them, now I know I'm against them. Here's to an early winter in NYC!

    October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jennifer Janney

    The protestors need to target another group. The ivy league educators. Where do you think all of these CEOs went to school? It wasn't state college.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Samii

    I feel a revolution has begun...Let's keep it peaceful or our country will really tank!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  51. RW

    When will these strunces understand that it was the US Congress, who bent the arms of Fannie and Ginnie Mae to lower lending standards that caused the crisis?? Go protest at the Capitol, you morons. Protesting Wall Street is pointless and will change absolutely NOTHING!

    October 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave McGuire

      Wow, good thing you're not in charge. You really have no clue of what you're talking about.

      October 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Bubs

    Can somebody...ANYBODY please explain to me why Michael Moore is now, or ever was, relevant? I would NEVER advocate violence, and certainly, nobody should ever be physically harmed for their beliefs but, there is a limited supply of oxygen at any given moment, and he is wasting mine.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  53. noneofya

    Take from the rich and give to the poor.
    Robin Hood did it and we're still talking about him today 🙂
    I say we all get tshirts “I worked my ass off in America, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”

    October 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • meg

      Robin Hood is the most illogical character of all time. A hero to those who refuse to earn their pay and instead will accept stolen loot from those who do work. It is glorification of thievery and is counter to everything the US was built on; hard work, honesty, and the freedom to earn YOUR quality of life.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvice

      @meg obviously you have never read a history book. Hard work and honesty huh. Stolen land, slave labor,and freedom for a certain few is how it was built.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noneofya

      Thank you @edvice, I couldn't have said it better myself. Obviously @Meg only reads Fantasy Books!!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  54. boozy

    I say, we know who they are, round them up and put them in a special place to protect the rest of the nation from their infaction with Marxist Communist beliefs..I no longer watch any TV with these traitors in the show...do not go to the theaters either...I have my family behind me on this one, along with friends...These Traitors need to be rounded up and put on trial...

    October 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. JOhnmac

    Its the only way they get their pictures on the news. God help us if we ver really do have a revolution!!

    October 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Samii

    The revolution has begun!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Sherry Buckner

    Why, Oh why, hasn't CNN commented on the 4.6 million "donation" JP MOrgan gave the police.
    Blood Money, some might say.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. K. Alden

    It's been far too long since there was a revolution. We need change and it won't come from some political family that claims to promise that.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  59. MoonDancer is gone

    @prof. turdcrapper. since you are the one crapping turds, i'd say you're the one who dines on shyte!

    October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • professor turdcrapper

      I like doo doo, but only when it comes from your mama's big ol' azz! Yum

      October 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Nick

    What makes the greed of any of these protesters any different? Give the chance to make large sums of money, they'd do it in a heart beat! Hypocrites. And who really cares one bit what Michael Moore has to say? He's a publicity hound like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. They could care less about anything they're "protesting". They just want their names in print so they can keep making more MONEY!!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Nothing is wrong with making money by producing something. When you have large bonuses paid out to bankers from tax payer moneys indented to be used for lending.. You have a serious problem. Let's say your wealthy neighbor comes to your house and asks for some help to fix the neighborhood. You lend him some money and next thing you know he's made a boat payment with your lender money. Do you understand how that's not ok?

      October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Punter

      What makes you assume that the protesters are greed motivated just because you are Nick? It takes a certain idealism and selflessness to stand outside and picket, risking arrest and other kinds of humiliation in support of an ideological cause that at the opposite end of the altruism scale than greed for most of the protesters. There may be some initial intangible benefits, but social protesting is risky, hard, work, and those in it for personal gain rarely get an immediate return for themselves. That's not the point Nick! They hope to bring about beneficial change for a much larger group which in the case of some of these stars might not even include themselves ultimately.
      Be cynical. It helps their cause!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Nick, do you really believe the nonsense you post? Just wondering.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. MoonDancer is gone

    make all liberal loudmouths like Michael Moore & Susan Sarandon get to the front of the line to pay more taxes.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  62. george

    The weltgeist is hovering over Manhattan. Let all mortgages be waived.
    Start fresh!
    Destroy Carthage

    October 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  63. thomas

    Good, its about time corp greed is getting its share of greef. However they don't care, its not enough to just protest, stop buying their productrs hit them where it counts, the money. Only buy what you need, when you can store brand. Stop paying for their name. stop buying.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Anomic Office Drone


    If you read that article, look at those charts and still think this country doesn't have a real problem when it comes to income disparity, you should have your eyes checked.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  65. ABL

    Yes. More stars should get involved. Stars are a product of the love of the people, no matter how much the corporations promote them, if their fans had not loved them they would be nothing. Support from someone you love and admires helps you to keep going, to keep trying. I wish there were many more stars there to support everyone.
    Who else do they have to look up to for inspiration? Politicians?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Reconfigure

    It's hard to say how much celebrities actually are worth, but they should lend support both with their endorsements, words AND wallets. They should contribute monetarily for basic essentials needed as a way of giving back to a society where they've been enabled to earn whatever excessive wealth they might have amassed, just like every other rich person.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Captain Slapaho

    According to the picture on the main page, it looks like Russell Simmons should lay off the sauce. Just sayin.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Versus

    There are some truly psychotic sentiments expressed in this (and many) comments sections on CNN. CNN should monitor this more closely to keep conversations civil, constructive, and on-topic, instead of simply hateful incitations and even wishes for violence and death. This reflects very poorly on CNN.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • professor turdcrapper

      You eat doo doo.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      The violent comments need to be removed. It is time for action. I commend the protest and want to know how I can help. I am a 72 year old retiree...who is concerned about the future of those I love. How do I join the protest? I urge other retirees to join me. It is time for the greed to end!!! We are all in this boat together. Band together retirees. Join the young....

      October 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • t-wrecks

      yes! yes! cut class, gather up your coolers and march on wall street for some objective that you don't have to really articulate if you're not all that informed. go ahead! yell, scream, shout obscenities at "the establishment." get arrested if necessary. but for god's sakes, man! keep all these comments civil and constructive! lmao, versus!

      October 4, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Round yourselves up, make a big batch of Jim Jones Kool-aid, drink and make the rest of the world a happier place! Crybabies

      October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Brandt Hardin

    The movement is gaining momentum in its THIRD week now and Occupations are popping up all over the country! Stand up together and use your voice to give to those without through peace and solidarity. Tax the rich and feed the poor- you are the 99%! See my Occupy Wall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallstreet.html where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Useful idiot!

      October 4, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • yavva

      Brandit, get a job ya loser.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      I have a job so I can't be there until Saturday. But I support these brave patriots and, like everyone else, I understand exactly what they are saying (and so do the trolls posting obnoxious comments here, they're just getting scared). I've been protesting, now and then, since 1971 and his one is going to get very large. This movement will have a great effect on the presidential election, maybe we can move Obama to the left and give us some of that hope and change we voted for. Since the ignorant and dishonest right wing pretends he's a socialist maybe he could actually do something with some socialistic aspects, like health care for all Americans...
      The more the right wing trolls insult the movement the more scared they are.
      Get scared, we're coming...

      October 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Jonathon

    I wonder if Michael Moore or Susan Sarandon would give me back my money if I didn't like one of their movies. It is ok for these people to make millions of dollars on the backs of other people. How is that greed any different than what is happening on Wall Street? If you want to protest then why don't you take your money out of investments and banks? These people aren't helping the economy, they are hurting it (why aren't these people working?).

    October 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Jon, you lack the required perspective to comprehend this. Many of the protesters are educated, experienced, dedicated people who cannot find work. Giant banks and their pet pols flushed our economy down the toilet. That's why those people aren't working.
      Almost a trillion dollars was taken from taxpayers and given to the banks. The banks used it to pay huge bonuses to their executives, pay off politicians as part of their campaign to weaken regulations, and didn't lend it to the American businesses that needed liquidity to stay afloat.
      The 99% demand accountability.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Well said Stephen.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigtiem02359

      Thwe standard liberal tack.
      Spout the party line and say that anyone who disagrees lacks persepective. How much better off we'd all be if everyone had your all seeing world view Stephen.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Marilyn

      I can't understand why anyone would give any credence whatsoever to the opinions of movie stars, directors, etc. They are rich, spoiled people who don't live in the real world. As far as Wall Street, how many on those idiots protesting have been offered a job by a poor person; so sick of whiners who should be at work.

      October 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tony

    Some of those protesters were carrying signs that said, "Stop the war and rebuild America". This totally works for me.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Aaron

    So, let me get this straight: a bunch of people who make TONS of money for doing essentially nothing are protesting the "greed" of a bunch of other people who are very well-educated, highly-skilled, and actually work for a living? No hypocrisy there...and I'm sure Roseanne, Yoko, Michael, and Russell are doing it all for us, right?

    October 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Well if they pay their taxes and give to charity, aren't they putting their money where their mouth is? Would prefer a more hypocritical approach like the one Wall Street has taken for decades?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Questioner

      Stealing from investors isn't "working for a living," not by any standard. The working people are the folks marching on the NYSE-if any of them can actually FIND a job that is. Hollywood and Wall Street are in the same gilded boat.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Having an education and making a bunch of money is fine. Just pay the same % of taxes everyone else does.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  73. Observer

    Michael Moore, Yoko Ono, Roseanne Barr and Russel Simmons???!!!
    Is this a lineup of liberal stooges or the next collection of C-Listers who are going to be on "Dancing with the Stars"?

    October 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer


      October 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Either way, who cares?! They have more money than most of the people working on Wallstreet!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      This is historic. Not since the 60s has there been something of this magnitude. I'm 100% behind the demonstrators & I'm glad celebrities support them as well. We should all join them either in protests or taking our money out of banks & investments like someone suggested. I get the feeling that the ball started rolling...

      October 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigtime02359

      Observer is absolutely correct. The celebrities involved (please don't forget that nutcase Susan Sarandon, who took time off from dancing with dictators to show up) rarely have an original thought. They're all about the rhetoric.
      As for the protestors, I respect anyone who takes a stand for what they truly believe in whether I agree with them or not, but has anyone seen any interviews? It appears to me that the majority of those at these demonstrations have no idea what they're demonstrating.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |

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