Proud One Percenter: "Have You Ever Heard of Anybody Great That's Come Out of the 99 Percent?" (VIDEO)

We've had extensive coverage of the "99 percent" here at Runnin' Scared, but starting today we're going to try something new. Knowing they just don't get their fair share of time to speak to traditional media outlets (and certainly, they never get the ears of politicians), we'd like to open up a forum for a tiny, minuscule, fringe minority group of Americans: the one percent.

Today's entry is a YouTube video from our old friends at Inner City Media, covering Occupy L.A. on the Occupy Wall Street November 17 National Day of Action. We missed this video that day while we had our hands full covering New York's multiple actions and, since Occupy L.A. is facing eviction this morning, we thought it was a good time to circle back to how the one percent of the City of Angels felt about their occupiers.

In the exchange, two men in suits are watching a protest march happening on the street below them from an office tower in downtown in Los Angeles. Asked if he's part of the 99 or the one, one of the men says, "I'm part of the one that's making it so that these people here can get something from the government."

After proudly saying that he's part of the one percent, the suit goes on to say "Here's the other thing: now out of the 99 percent, have you ever heard of anybody great that's come out of the 99 percent?"

"The Beatles!" the interviewer says.

Admitting that he does, in fact, love the Beatles, the suit reluctantly admits, "There's four."

"The Marx Brothers!" the interviewer says.

"There's eight!" he admits, again.

The video provides a brief insight into a perspective we don't hear much about and, surprisingly, shows an exchange with more humor and warmth than you might expect.

Via Inner City Media.

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JustDisgusted
JustDisgusted

quite frankly, the 1 percent is a 99 percenter who is tired of looking at a buch of slackers.  Drive, ambition, a work ethic and a dream is all it takes to make the transition from the 99 to the 1.  No body wants to be everyone else, just look at the lines of dumbasses at American Idol.

JustDisgusted
JustDisgusted

quite frankly the 1 percent is a 99 percenter with ambition and drive, oh yeah, and a work ethic.

SpawnyWhippet
SpawnyWhippet

"More humor and warmth than you might expect."?? Really? - the guy in the suit just came across as a typical selfish arrogant lawyer type with no warmth or humour whatsoever. You can see that the only thing that interests him is how he is going to make money from this.

Stmarksriver29
Stmarksriver29

by great he means $$$ and perhaps an education.  that doesn't make you evil necessarily.  but it doesn't make you great either.  "...It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child." - Christmas Present - A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens.

Jgg
Jgg

  To make the top 1% you need to earn $300,000 a year.  That leaves out all Senators and US Judges ($189,000 a year), most doctors (median is $200,000/yr.), all teachers, all the men and women who fought and died for their country.  Are you saying these people are not great?

Jgg
Jgg

  Mother Teresa, the Pope, Helen Keller. 

Cmack17
Cmack17

Humor and warmth? Ok then...

Falconexe
Falconexe

 When i first listened to his statement i really got angry but after reading some of the posts and started thinking a little more i have to say that i feel sorry for him. He is a lost soul!! He has no clue what greatness is. When you base greatness on money and how he achieved it he a very shallow man. Achieving wealth can be a disease and when most peolpe like the 1% 's get so much they loose there connection with humankind! for one thing they would not have wealth if it were not for us 99% trying to eke out a living . It is my opinion to make the money these 1%'s made you have to compromise yourself to attain to those extreme riches!!! That is why i am glad to be of the 99%'s because i have not compromised myself in dealing with my fellowman so i can sleep at night with a clean conscience. There is bible verse out there that says"Pride is before the crash" and what would happen if they lost all that money (which can happen). Money does not make a Geat Man. That comes from within which includes his faith, convictions, morals and his love for god and mankind!!!!!  

Presting
Presting

Not to mention how many patents are issued to engineers who make really ordinary salaries - probably 99% of all the patents ever issued...

pj861
pj861

the wright brothers? without them the 1% wouldn't have private jets to fly in...

EuroMarkus
EuroMarkus

MOST of the GREATS have come from the 99%

Inventors

Sports

Music

Artists

et al...

I guess this ugly man never heard "American Rages to Riches"

Shadow60
Shadow60

The answer, of course, is 99%.  The 1% all had publicists.

Mike Newell
Mike Newell

I'm going to bet 99% came from the 99%...

k
k

And his claim that he's making it possible for the protesters to get something from the government is a *** **** lie.  He spends a great deal of money to pay lawyers and accountants to ensure that he pays no personal income tax at all if he can get away with it.  His company pays lawyers and accountants to ensure that the company pays no corporate income tax.

k
k

Obviously this arrogant jerk means 'great' only as 'making buttloads of money.'

How about Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Saint Francis of Assissi, Saint Bernard, Paul Newman, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Heinlein, Alvin York, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Charles M. Russell, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Daniel Boone, President Andrew Jackson, Davie Crockett, Ambrose Bierce, Kirk Douglas, Danny Kaye, Jackie Gleason, Humphrey Bogart, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Hernando Cortez, Judah the Maccabee, Dr. Ignatius Semmelweiss, Thomas Edison, Rudyard Kipling, Daniel Webster, Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion, The Three Stooges, Halle Berry, Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Robert E. Howard, Ella Fitzgerald, Mother Teresa, Larry Ellison, J. K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Robert Goddard, Werner von Braun, Harry Truman, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Napoleon Bonaparte...

Shall I go on?

kullervo
kullervo

At first I thought it was "anyone great born in the 1%" and I was struggling. Stated as-is, I believe the answer is "all of them."

Altadoff
Altadoff

Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Andrew Carnegie, Fredrick Douglas, and Jesus Christ to name a few

Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

"making it possible for the protesters to get something from the government"

Ah, but they did get something from the government!Injuries, debt, destruction of personal property, wrongful imprisonment, loss of freedoms that are constitutionally guaranteed, a permanent record harming their reputations...

lavardera
lavardera

and we can tell he sure is suffering for all the government has taken from him. I bet he has to wear his suit twice before he gets it cleaned.

Acolon1047
Acolon1047

Elvis, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, The founders of MGM, Carnegie, Richards and Hammerstein, The list goes on and on and on. 

Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

Yes, Paul Newman.  Definitely.Not sure I would have included Hamilton, the only right winger of the founding fathers and a man who was hot headed and misguided.Nor would I have included the racists Kipling (who glorified the Boor Wars) or Werner Von Braun, who was a genius, but morally challenged.  Bonaparte?  Ummm.  A great murderer perhaps.  Not a great person.But every other person on this list, yes, definitely.  F*ck this one percenter, if he is that.  He may have a ton of money, but he's stupid, arrogant and just plain wrong factually.

Aguilera
Aguilera

 Yep, he should be counted in the positive side. I do support him!

Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

Walt Disney was a well known racist.  His movie _Song of the South_ is the stuff of racist legend.

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

Gates' family was very, very rich. Bill went to Lakeside, the premier private school in Seattle and once at age 13 entertained his friends by attempting to buy fast food with a $1000 bill.

anonymous
anonymous

however ... if they hadn't been rioting...

Jonathan Peterson
Jonathan Peterson

Song of the South is a cartoon retelling of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories.  The "racism" was in the usage of the dialect that Harris used in telling the original stories that he recorded for posterity. Other Disney "racism" was the anti-german and anti-japanese propaganda of WWII.  It may seem racist in today's eyes, but was not thought to be so by anyone involved in that day and time. 

Gninnaf
Gninnaf

He started Microsoft with 600K of his parents money and his mother Mary was on the board of IBM which was how he got the DOS deal.

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