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Occupy Wall Streetís greedy celebrity hypocrites
Daily Caller ^ | 11/6/11 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 11/07/2011 2:09:28 AM PST by markomalley

Amid the public defecators, the American haters, the exhibitionist masturbators, the serial sexual predators, the outspoken anti-Semites, the socialists and the misguided do-gooders of Occupy Wall Street are the Hollywood hypocrites.

You have Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, Princeton professor Cornell West, Russell Simmons, Rosanne Barr, and the list goes on.

They have all joined the “occupiers” in support of fighting greed. But by any definition, they epitomize it.

Not that there is necessarily a problem with greed. Greed, if defined as acting in one’s self interest in the pursuit of material goods, can be enormously important and beneficial. It makes our economy work. It motivates entrepreneurs to create inventions and innovations that make our lives easier and more enjoyable.

But the rank hypocrisy of these celebrities is a bit much to bear. Take Cornel West, for instance.

I like West. He is willing to debate people he disagrees with, which is a sign of intellectual engagement, and he does so with flair. But his histrionics over “corporate greed” seem a little over the top considering he commands between $30,000 to $50,000 for a speech, according to the International Speakers Bureau.

That’s an astounding figure. I hardly begrudge him for demanding such an exorbitant fee, of course. If people are willing to pay it, God bless him. But to go around lambasting others for greed when you are demanding $1,000 a minute to speak takes some gall.

Susan Sarandon and Rosanne Barr have lent their support by visiting Occupy Wall Street’s protests and speaking out for its cause, while George Clooney and others have more passively backed the protests in interviews.

While it is difficult to glean exactly what Occupy Wall Street’s main gripes are — after all, many of their supporters tend to be preliterate — one clear point of contention is the high rate of compensation CEOs earn, compared to the average worker. But I have never heard Clooney or Sarandon complain about the high rate of compensation top-market actors receive compared to garden-variety struggling thespians.

According to one recent report from the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, the income gap between an average CEO and an average worker is about 325 to 1. George Clooney has made as much as $15 million for a single film. Maybe more. That is more than 325 times the wage of an average American and probably even a greater multiple over the the average working actor’s wages.

And I remind you, that is for a single movie.

I wonder when Clooney will begin to start spreading the wealth around to reduce income inequality among actors? Can anyone say Occupy the Clooney Lake Como villa?

Kanye West visited Occupy Wall Street for a day, wearing a $300 t-shirt and numerous gold chains. If we can agree on one thing, we can agree that nothing represents the 99 percent quite like the singer of “Gold Digger.” But in fairness, he was brought to the protest by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, so perhaps he was just tagging along and not there to lend his own endorsement.

Simmons, who is one of the movement’s loudest celebrity supporters and is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, owns a debit card company. In other words, he is a part of the very Wall Street the protesters have supposedly come out against. But somehow he doesn’t see any conflict between his public position and his private profit.

Let me be clear: I am not a particularly big fan of Wall Street. The financial industry has made many mistakes and there are many reforms that probably should be implemented — including the re-imposition of the Glass–Steagall Act. But the protesters aren’t ordinary Americans enraged by a sudden onslaught of corporate greed. They are more often than not political radicals. I know their kind: I used to see them on my college campus trying to live our their parents’ 1960s.

Yet celebrity activists prance to their protests in their finest clothes, undeterred by the radicalism of the movement. They declare their solidarity and their rage at the villainous one percent before hopping into their limos or on their private jets, en route to their next cocktail party or foreign movie festival. Fine with me, but let’s at least acknowledge the bad optics and the hypocrisy.

Between the recurring rapes and regular violence, I suppose celebrity hypocrisy is, in the end, the least of the “occupy” movement’s image problems.

TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cornellwest; georgeclooney; glasssteagallact; jamieweinstein; kanyewest; lakecomo; michaelmoore; occupywallstreet; rosannebarr; russellsimmons; susansarandon

1 posted on 11/07/2011 2:09:29 AM PST by markomalley
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks markomalley.

2 posted on 11/07/2011 2:25:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link --
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To: markomalley

they are really saying “Eat me last.”

3 posted on 11/07/2011 3:04:13 AM PST by bioqubit
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To: markomalley

You don’t have to be smart to be an actor.

Other people write your words for you.

This is what happens when they spill their own thoughts.

The idiocy comes out.

Give me 14 million dollars per picture, I can guarantee I will not try to piss off half my audience with my own idiot thoughts.

4 posted on 11/07/2011 3:56:18 AM PST by Venturer
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To: markomalley

“I like West. He is willing to debate people he disagrees with, which is a sign of intellectual engagement, and he does so with flair.”

In contrast to our dear leader:
Long but interesting interview with John Lott (More Guns, Less Crime)

Dave Bose: Just before the break, Professor Lott, I was mentioning that actually know Barack Obama. You met at the college.

John Lott: We were both at the University of Chicago. I was first in the business school and then I taught in the law school and I was there for like, five years. He was a lecturer there and – I don’t know – there were probably a couple of dozen times or whatever that we exchanged words. I saw him at a couple of seminars. I ran into and talked to people that were nearby him. One of the things though, is that the conversations all tended to be extremely short when I was involved with him.

John Lott: The first time I met him, I went over and introduced myself. He said, “Oh, you’re the gun guy.”

John Lott: And I said, “Yeah, I guess so.”

John Lott: And he said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

5 posted on 11/07/2011 3:59:08 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: markomalley

In the end, what will kill the Occupy movement is its attachment to radical Left ideas, the fact the movement has difficulty in disassociating itself from the Anarchist movement, and the fact the Occupy encampments have become a very literal mess that becomes a safety and health hazard, not to mention directly interfering with the well-being of nearby businesses and residents.

6 posted on 11/07/2011 4:27:26 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: markomalley

Socialists love the support of entertainers, writers, directors, etc.

Once socialists have complete control, those same entertainers better do commercials and movies about how great socialism is or they will find themselves with anyone who opposes socialism -— in a ditch with a bullet in their head.

7 posted on 11/07/2011 4:48:06 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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