Celebrity Presence For #OccupyWallStreet: Yay Or Nay?
The latest visit by Russell Simmons and Kanye West to #occupywallstreet seemed more like an exploitation of the resistance rather than a genuine concern. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. I understand fully the great philanthropic work Simmons has done for this country and around the world, but this act was laughable. But Kanye and Uncle Rush weren’t the sole celebs to sit alongside the Average Joes and Janes over the last few weeks of the demonstration. Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Roseanne Barr, Daryl Hannah, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Penn Badgley and many more have also taken their position next to (and stance on) the fast-growing movement. Is it appropriate or even necessary?
Some of you may know little about why the peaceful Wall Street occupants are pissed at the number-crunchers of the Financial District. Check the short version of what’s going down:
The nationwide media fodder surrounding this money storm has garnered a lot of much needed attention, but are these celebs the ones to stand so closely to this vocal wildfire? Yes, the rich and famous are human as well. And of course, they’re Americans like the other activists, but what message is it sending to masses? Will the celebs bring more cameras and lights for their own benefit or the benefit of the nation? Could this erupt into another situation only resulting in “cool” slogans smeared on t-shirts? Will this be another Twitter revolt? (Remember Troy Davis?)
These public figures better be ready to truly get involved. Get messy, and be sincere about wanting change for these jobless, health insurance-less and even money-less assembly! Today, this group of protesting soldiers heads to the city’s Upper East Side to deliver the “peace” to billionaires’ front doors. Neither for fame nor fortune, they will be heard.
Start the conversation! Should celebrities continue to get involved with #OccupyWallStreet?