Russell Brand at Occupy Wall Street

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Russell Brand at Occupy Wall Street
Last night, as a driving rain fell on Lower Manhattan and the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street debated whether to authorize a statement condemning the Democratic Party as a bought-and-paid for agent of corrupt Wall Street interests, Russell Brand visited Zuccotti Park.

The Occupy Wall Street demonstration has a decidedly ambivalent relationship with celebrity. Early appearances in Zuccotti Park by the likes of Michael Moore, Roseanne Barr, and Susan Sarandon certainly helped raise the profile of a fledgling movement.

Musical performances by Talib Kweli, Jeff Mangum, and others -- to say nothing of the imaginary Radiohead show -- helped buoy the spirits of cold and sleep-deprived demonstrators and draw more attention to the occupation.

Teach-ins by lefty luminaries like Slavoj Zizek, Naomi Klein, and Richard Wolff have added some theoretical heft to the movement.

But for a radically horizontal movement intrinsically suspicious of elites, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Kanye's drop in last week was greeted with somewhat muted enthusiasm. And while Brand kept a relatively low profile, other than strolling through the park with the glaring light of a high-end video camera trained on himself at all times, some Occupy Wall Street supporters weren't convinced his presence was contributing to the revolution:

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mjm
mjm

his wife Katy Perry was there with him. she was at OWS LA a few weeks ago too. strangely, she's been silent about this (her bff Perez Hilton put a false story on his site about OWS protestors getting rowdy and throwing shit on cop cars. mainly it's people like him who are telling the celebs to stay silent about OWS)

Willieboy56
Willieboy56

I would hope that OWS is more than just a bunch of crabs in a barrel, but some of the sound coming from some of the kids makes me wonder.

stan chaz
stan chaz

To the hardy souls at OWS:Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself.-Harvey Fierstein

SAKARA
SAKARA

russel brand is so creepy lookin...i don't even know anything about him besides his creepy face on gossip sites.

and notice: no celeb is actually giving any of their easy millions to any of the protesters.

wall street investers are a lot more honest than all the phoney celebs who make easy millions from...their looks!

johnny depp, supposedly, got 50 million dollars for the latest pirates movie, just for signing up to do it.

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