Susan Sarandon to Occupy Wall Street: 'You Have to Make Your Message Clear'

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As the Wall Street occupation drags on, it's starting to attract more celebrities. Last night filmmaker Michael Moore spoke at Zuccotti Park, and today Susan Sarandon (who recently gave us an interview) dropped by the protest HQ to dispense words of advice.

Sarandon reportedly told the protesters that "Your weakness is that there are so many issues. You're gonna be easy to be dismissed if you don't concentrate on a single cause," an issue with the protest that's been echoed elsewhere. Occupy Wall Street's organizers seek to keep the process entirely democratic, as we've observed at their General Assemblies, and that hasn't helped the protesters define a clear goal.

Sarandon also told the protesters that "You don't want the face of your movement to look like discontented people that don't know what they're talking about."

Occupy Wall Street's rep told us that Sarandon didn't stick around for long, but now they've got City Councilman Charles Barron of East New York visiting today's General Assembly.

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Jszimanski
Jszimanski

so sad she is a has been and needs to say stupid things not based on fact and join unemployed protesters because she is also unemployed. ban susan in your entertainment endeavors.

Ross Wolfe
Ross Wolfe

Certainly the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have created a lot of buzz and enlisted a lot of leftish celebrities like Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cornell West, and others to support their cause, but I believe that the rather inchoate, generalized discontent expressed by the protestors needs to be given adequate theoretical clarification in order that the participants in this phenomenon might dedicate themselves to a longer-term program of reconstituting the Left. Michael Moore quite transparently wants a return to neo-Fordist Rooseveltian capitalism, Chomsky is a self-proclaimed "anarchist" who voted for John Kerry in 2004, and so on down the line. I therefore offer the following (Marxist) critique of the protests to this point.

Of course, I realize that it is not enough to relentlessly criticize from the sidelines, but it is essential that these protestors be engaged so that their understanding of global capitalism is deepened and their politics radicalized. This means more than waving a few placards with populist slogans and other such theatrics.

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Delsueno
Delsueno

In 2003, I joined millions of people who protested with the singular message of "no war with Iraq". Didn't seem to do us much good. When Sarandon mounts a successful movement that defeats the death grip large financial institutions have on the planet, maybe her suggestions will sound like something besides institutionalist blather.

Suzgrrl
Suzgrrl

Sarandon's right. Without a focused message and clear, singular and achievable goal, this movement will die or lose credibility and media attention. It will look like just a bunch of malcontents who simply want something to protest, regardless of what it is. Another reason is, if you don't know what you are protesting and have no goal, how do you know when you've accomplished what you set out to do? Plus without a mission, it becomes very easy to become pawns of the very people or organizations you are protesting against. They are very opportunistic of that kind of situation.

Mortimer Cantrell III
Mortimer Cantrell III

I'd like to see the protest focus on the lack of indictments for Wall Street execs involved in securities fraud.  Nobody went to jail over this, which is a bad joke.  A corollary of this is the fact that the SEC is too chummy with the industry it's supposed to be policing.

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SEO Sydney

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Esmeduck Nml
Esmeduck Nml

 Sarandon also told the protesters that "You don't want the face of your movement to look like discontented people that don't know what they're talking about."....what?!? I didn't know the Tea Party was participating in this joint!

timmy robbins
timmy robbins

celeb sarandon didn't even take off her cliched celeb sunglasses when she lowered her millionaire self into the great unwashed masses.

Sakara
Sakara

sarandon should go back to italy, where she had a comfy villa, and badmouth the olde fascists----which she and her son, tim robbins, didn't do.

Gdsnyc
Gdsnyc

Sakara, sei un cretino. proprio un cretino.

Sakara
Sakara

soffiarmi lei brutta femmina!

stockshock
stockshock

we will have full coverage of the amendment and petition to #getmoneyout immediately

billyjoe
billyjoe

Louise: [in the parking lot outside the bar where Harlan is attempting to rape Thelma] Get away from her you fuckin' asshole or I'm gonna splatter your ugly face all over this nice car. Harlan: [Getting off of Thelma] Easy, we're just having a little fun. Louise: Sounds like you got a real fucked up idea of fun. Turn around. In the future, when a woman's crying like that, she isn't having any fun! Harlan: Bitch! I shoulda gone ahead and fucked her! Louise: Why did you say? Harlan: I said suck my cock. Louise: [Louise shoots him] [soft but angry voice] Louise: You watch your mouth!

Richard Hartnell
Richard Hartnell

Seriously weak article. I watched this interview and Ms. Serandon was clearly in solidarity with the protest. Why'd you fail to mention that?

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