Welcome To The Exact Moment Occupy Wall Street Became A Celebrity Fad

October 20th, 2011 // 113 Comments

“Sir, you can’t just randomly sit next to me and stare forlornly into a camera. — Sir?”

I’ve remained pretty indifferent regarding Occupy Wall Street because despite it’s best intentions, it’s hard not to look at it as a bunch of hipsters (And now celebrities trying to look politically savvy.) with no clear message rallying against a system that’s already so fucking rigged in favor of the richest 1%, there’s literally no point in even trying which is exactly the kind of apathy that got us here, I know. Anyway… Fortunately Russell Brand showed up last night because if there’s anyone whose insight and guidance we need, it’s a British ex-junkie who can’t even vote in our elections. “It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t come down here and hear what these people ‘ad to say, now would it? I mostly just wanted to capture their words on video, you know? Not so much to show people, but just for the sake of knowing I captured them on video to per’aps view at a later date. Who’s to say, really? The important thing is later tonight, I’ll go ‘ome to me mansion and fuck Kay-ee Perry in a bed made out of bloody diamon’s. Occupy away, gents!”

Photos: Splash News

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  1. Frank Burns

    Wonder if he got paid to go down there – what better way to discredit a fledgling movement (if that’s what it is), than to associate it with celebrity idiots? Next to appear: Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.

    • it had to be said

      Sarandon was already down there.

    • V

      I’d buy Sean Penn and Susan sarandon’s presence more than anybody else’s. they are actually involved in things. losers like brand and the rest never do anything for charity/politics.

    • Frank Burns

      Just read that Alec Baldwin showed up on Tuesday, so you can officially shut the whole thing down now.

    • lily

      occupy wall street is now a trendy must attend for all the out of touch hollywood liberals. its beyond a joke seeing all of them (who make millions) out there protesting with the “common folk”. the hypocrisy surrounding it all brings me to tears with laughter. would love to see any of them donate their ridiculously large salaries to the poor underpaid hippie lunatics and OVERPAID unions running this shit show.

  2. Deacon Jones

    Is anyone getting Battlefield 3?

    Im thinking of jumping ship from the COD franchise.

    • stratacat

      play it for 2 weeks and then go trade it in for MW3.

    • stratacat

      what about skyrim?

    • bribios

      Not sure what this has to do with anything, but yeah, I already completely paid off my preorder for BF. Most people I know who play Battlefield have a hard time going back to COD, it just feels dated without having the ability to use vehicles or blow up building. Ask people who think COD is better than BF to articulate, and most of them can’t really give you an answer, except for people who like to camp and hate the idea of their favorite camping spot being demolished.

    • Deacon Jones

      I’ve played COD series for a long time now, and Black Ops was pretty shitty, sounds like MW3 is going to be pretty much the same gig.

      The videos of B3 with the buildings getting the shit blown out of them look insane, even the gun recoils and suppression fire.

    • Gary B

      BF3 seems more realistic, open areas and I can actually use tactics I was taught in BCT.

      • bribios

        Yeah, I feel like BF is definitely the more tactical of the games. COD usually just ends up being people bunnyhopping and throwing grenades like they’re candy at a Christmas parade, while communication and tactics seem a bit more important in BF. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge COD fan for awhile, but if something better comes along, there’s no shame in jumping ship.

  3. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    Commented on this photo:

    Isn’t the blonde guy the dude from the Ricky Gervais show?

    • Winnie

      He is british and a celebrity too – but I can’t think of his name. I actually thought RB was in the UK at the moment with KP. I expect this is for some type of skit. Still the Superficial doesn’t mess up too often. On this occasion I expect it was the verment hatred of Mr Brand that motivated this post.

  4. direchef

    He found Andy Dick…how nice.

  5. Venom

    I can’t take this movement seriously especially with Russel Simmons down there most of the time. Now with this idiot it definitely loses more credibility.

    There is no need for a movement like this anyway, if you want to hurt Wall St. you take take your money out of the banks and the brokerage houses. Until you do that, they are still 20 floors up in the air above you chugging along and not paying attention to what you are doing.

    • Hey Hick Fuck You!

      Good point, but the problem is, if you take the money out, how are you going to be able to afford to retire in the long run? Shit, my annual raise doesn’t keep up with cost of living increases as it is, let alone if I retire and just let my money sit. The point is, Capitalism is like Heroin, and most of us are hooked on it. Like typical junkies, we end up hating the drug, but shoot it into our veins anyway in order to offset the withdrawals.

      The Wall Street big wigs are just the dealers that have our government in their back pockets, just like any well organised crime syndicate. I have to give these people (not the celebrities) props for what they are doing, however, it is a little (fuck, a LOT) too late. The fix has been in for decades, and nothing is going to change it. The government isn’t going to do shit.

      • stratacat

        and what do you propose we replace capitalism with?

      • Fredo

        My penis in your mouth.

      • Gigi

        I think at this point I’ll make more money having it sit under my mattress than in the bank or brokerage houses. I opened my 401(k) statement the other day and just put it back in the enveleope and hid it in a drawer like a credit card bill I didn’t want a spouse to see or something.

    • TomFrank

      I don’t think it’s fair to blame a movement for the odious celebrities it attracts. It’s like saying you’re opposing same-sex marriage rights just because Kim Kardashian did the NOH8 campaign.

    • I think Russell is just down there promoting his latest debit card that he advertises on BET and other channels of tthe broke. Lets talk about how the rich are fucking us on Wall Street while I get rich through creativity and hard work and then try to make even more money by convincing poor idiots to send me money so I can put it on a debit card for you and you can pretend to build credit so you can buy the Blue Hippo computer package. In between we will yell phrases and make signs saying how people like me who got rich but dont drink the liberal kool aid are all criminals so the losers amongst us can feel better about their own laziness and inability to advance in this world.

      These liberal celebrities are the biggest hypocrites on the planet and they have their constituency dumbed down beyond the belief. Just get them to stand in the street and protest against conservative rich while we stop by sign a few autographs and buy some pizzas from all the money we have made working the same system you protest.

  6. Roberta

    The worst part about this is that I read that whole thing in his voice in my head…Ugh, thanks a lot, Fish.

    Where’s my Skarsgard antidote for that tomfoolery?

  7. cc

    What a fucking clown.

  8. The irony of it all is Brand doesn’t even realize he’s part of what they’re rallying against.

    • TomFrank

      “But I only *played* a billionaire in my movie. All my real money goes to heroin and alcohol. If I were really rich, would I dress like this?”

    • Prolapsed Liver

      They aren’t rallying against rich people or capitalism. They are rallying against the corrupt relationship between corporations and government. Stop pumping out bullshit.

  9. Doctor Joystick

    “Oy, I’m an ex-junkie who stuck me willie in places even I can’t remember. M’lady makes me wear this damn thing whenever I want to stick me banger in her mash…whatever the hell that means.”

  10. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    Rebacon21
    Commented on this photo:

    Andy Dick using that bearded junkie chick for publicity is the most inhumane thing he’s done since deciding to become an actor.

  11. MJB

    I’ve actually been down several times to Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park.
    It’s not some type of fringe hipster movement (I’m no hipster).
    You see people of all ages, races, creeds, backgrounds—you name it.
    The message is clear enough: the working and middle classes have had it with corporations, Wall Street firms, banks and the government sticking it to us over and over again. The way this country is headed our grandchildren will live like indentured servants and slaves to the rich.
    Fish, I think you should stick with what you know— titties and douchebags—politics is not your forte.

    • I think the media is portraying it as a ‘hispter’ movement. Just the other day, I got into a heated discussion w my father, who is a staunch Conservative (we’re Canadian). He was calling the protestors a bunch of ‘homeless hippies’. I was explaining what you just said, however, at the exact same moment, the news panned to a shot of a girl twirling around throwing leaves around and chanting incoherently while a bunch of grungy looking guys were banging on bongo drums lol, so it kinda ruined the very point you just made.

      • MJB

        Every positive dynamic movement is going to attract a certain number of extreme people on the fringe because we’re dealing with a liberal cause, of course, and liberals are obviously more inclusive.
        Occupy Wall Street was initiated by Adbusters (Canadian activist group, by the way)—far from homeless hippies.
        Of course, the media is going to discredit this movement b/c their corporate sponsors are targets. They have to spew their b.s. to keep money rolling in.
        Who owns The Superficial? How much does Fish make?

    • stratacat

      i don’t know when or where you saw these “working and middle classes” but it wasn’t at zuccotti park.

      the only douchebags i saw down there were dirty hippies, lots of homeless people, and a bunch of hipster college kids holding up signs that read “how am i supposed to pay off $40k in loans?” there were also a few environmentalists, some people still protesting the troy davis execution, lgbt supporters, and various other causes.

      these assholes have no unified message. they’re embarrassing.

      “wall street is evil!” “the govt is evil!” “banks are evil!” “corporations are evil!”

      bullshit. GREED is evil. no one put a gun to anyone’s head and forced them to rack up debt and take out loans they couldn’t afford to pay back. capitalism is about opportunity. the 1% saw it and seized it. these OWS douchebags need to take some fucking responsibility for their actions and stop blaming everyone else.

      /endrant

      • bdog821

        Strat,

        +100

      • rican

        MJB you’re so full of shit I began to smell it while reading your post.

      • MJB

        I saw friggin’ teachers, firefighters, librarians, retirees, middle-aged people with kids, you name it. I seriously doubt you were there.
        I actually worked on Wall Street a few years back and those people are greedy scum. It’s all about the bottom line and as long as your family and buddies are OK, who cares if the country goes to hell.
        All industrialized nations except the US have universal healthcare and subsidized or affordable education.
        Yeah, people shouldn’t go to college—you’ll just rack up debt. God forbid, you get sick and don’t have insurance—just die already.

      • Lack of a Better Term

        I thought the past 8 years of tax cuts for the rich were suppose to create opportunities for the rest of us. Now you’re saying that was never part of the plan?

      • As soon as Sarandan, Robbins, Penn, Moore, Baldwin, et al show up it’s a lost cause. I can’t stand people who rail against the very system that made them rich!

        I wonder if these people protesting are part of the population that has increased their credit card debt 300% in the last 2 years. What the fuck people? That shit got us in this recession in the first place.

        These protests don’t faze those Wall Street types at all. You have to hit them where it hurts and that’s the pocket book. So the next time you want to buy that new gizmo, make sure that you are not lining the pockets of an executive; if you are then you may want to think twice about purchasing said gizmo.

      • Hey Hick Fuck You!

        Yeah, don’t go to school unless you can afford it. How many people do you know that can save up 80 grand in cash by the time they turn 18? Wow, douchebag, you really drank the Kool-aid. I actually know an asshole like you. He rants against OWS and people that keep living beyond thier means, while at the same time racking up credit debt, than taking out a mortgage to pay off the debt. he actually owes MORE on his house than he did when he first bought it, but thinks he’s successful because he is a home owner. You people are laughable.

      • no, strat gets +1000. Well said.

      • Kellie

        Strat: totally agree with you. If a student doesn’t have the $40K already in the bank, or they don’t have scholarships to pay for college, then they shouldn’t bitch. There’s actually this amazing thing called “community college”, which at least where I’m from, gives you just as good an education as those obviously overpriced Universities, and allow you to transfer. Also, not every college costs $30k per year. If you can’t afford that, don’t go there. It’s not a hard concept to grasp.
        MJB, I’m a student, and I haven’t been forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars that I don’t have on education. Because there are options, if you’re willing to look. Unfortunately, the people you support are apparently too stupid to do that. So they probably shouldn’t be going to college in the first place. And you shouldn’t comment. Or vote.

    • Tom

      I think all of these evil corporations out to take the cue and shut down for six months and see how these idiots like it. No more iphones, ipads, internet access, gasoline, food in the stores, travel, tents, blue tarps, raincoats or any kind of the rest of the shit that comes from a free society.

      This occupy protest is nothing more than a bunch of unemployed, whiney, entitled losers on an urban camping trip.

      • Tom

        Here’s what we have at the occupy protest in San Francisco.

        zombietime(dot)com/zomblog/wp-content/images2011/IMG_3356.JPG

  12. Dana The Mighty.

    Who the hell do you think you are writing that people fighting against everything they think the 1% is doing is not worth fighting for? Did you make more than $1,000,000 last year? Did you benefit from the stock market crash or are you just a mindless drone who prints whatever your boss wants you to print? I’ve got news for you. You’re part of the 99% as well and if you can’t see that then I pity you. Every little bit helps to keep the 99% who care about our world moving fairly. Do you really think anything the 1% is doing will be beneficial to the average person? Do you actually think that the money they have is NOT going to be used to change laws, and government regulations to benefit themselves? Labelling the protesters hipsters is offensive and clearly shows what education you got isn’t worth the paper your diploma was written on.

    You just keep complaining and writing what the people who pay your salaries tell you to write. I hope you never have to be in a position to actually need to attend one of these events. This is the last time I read your article.

    • Hey Hick Fuck You!

      Don’t you mean blog?

    • bdog821

      “labeling the protesters as hipsters is offensive”. Yes, to the hipsters.

    • rican

      Hey Dana, instead of dancing, getting stoned and go celebrity watching at the park, why not try to work hard and smart to become part of the 1%?

      • MJB

        Oh, I get it rican. What are you? Some kind of corporate tool? Drone? Are you part of the 1%?

      • rican

        No MJB, I’m part of a group within the 99% trying to get into the 1%, self employed. So blow me and swallow hard, loser. What was your job in Wall Street, windshield wiper on red lights?

    • MJB

      @Dana The Mighty: I think I might be at that point with this blog myself. I’ve come here for years for light-hearted diversion—not to read bashing of (justifiable) protests.

  13. V

    ugh… how long before you see Lindsay Lohan and ashley greene there?

  14. Yeah, and here come the “occupy” assholes who took this post way too seriously.

  15. no rough, no glory!

    Whether they’re new age or old age hippies, what are they doing in the movement? Providing the weed and free sex?

    • Schmidtler

      dude, there’s weed and free sex at this thing? damn, I’m grabbing my hemp backpack, my hackey sack and some granola bars, and jumping the next train to NYC baby!!! now we’re supposed to be protesting what now?

  16. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    Commented on this photo:

    “Yeah, so I think that once you reorganize the infrastructure of the banks, maybe leverage some of the event-driven hedge funds, you could funnel the capital into ways to increase employment.”

    .oO(Is that an ice cream store? Mmmm…pistachio…sugar cones….fuuuck I’m stoned.)

  17. Rebelminion

    Life imitates art with a real world “African Child” moment. I am spent.

  18. just sayin'

    Fish got it wrong. It went down more like:

    Random guy: “Sir, you can’t just randomly sit next to me and stare forlornly into a camera. — Sir?”

    CROWD: “Sir, you can’t just randomly sit next to me and stare forlornly into a camera. — Sir?”

  19. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    Commented on this photo:

    “OK Jesus Ferguson, so how do I play Ace Queen suited?”

  20. bdog821

    I think the look on random dude’s face is saying “You had me at hello”.

  21. BigDaddy

    These jerks are just standing around costing millions in our money to pay for cops to keep an eye on them.I know there’s a big problem with our government right now but theres got to be a better way then wasting tax dollars.

    • MJB

      Last time I checked cops were part of the working class which is what Occupy Wall Street is fighting for. Besides, JP Morgan donated 4.6 million to the NYPD.
      Speaking up for your rights is not a waste.

  22. MJB

    @rican: You’re pathetic. Sorry, I don’t suck on small dicks owned by small-minded pricks like you. I’m self-employed, too. I hate paying more than my fair share of taxes. And no, I worked on Wall Street as an investor relations liaison dealing with domestic and foreign companies. I speak 5 languages. What language do you speak besides Moron?

    • rican

      MJB, that’s a very fancy description for receptionist. I learned to speak Moron so I could communicate with losers like you. And I congratulate you for understanding mediocrity in 5 languages, good for you. Now go to the park, get high, star gaze, and complain with fellow losers about how unfair life is.

  23. Mr Obvious

    You’re in the wrong line Russell, this is the line for the iPhone 4S.

  24. MJB

    @rican I don’t think most receptionists have advanced degrees, have to give at least 3 months’ notice to quit, are given severance packages and make an above average income.
    I’ve never done drugs or even smoked a cigarette and I only drink about once or twice yearly. So nice try but not even close.
    Are you Puerto Rican? That’s a shame b/c all the Puerto Rican people I’ve encountered have been cool, sharp people. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
    Self-employed? What are you? The shoe shine guy for the Wall Street guys?

    • rican

      MJB, nah, I’m just a bitter dose of reality that is trying to separate you from your stupidity and self absorbedness. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • MJB

        Oh, come on, try to come up with something better. Oh, that’s right look what I’m dealing with. Anyway, run along now you might catch some of the Wall Street guys as they leave their offices. Get your head out of your own moronic, self-absorbed demented ass and go shine some shoes.
        Anyway, I’ll get back to reality and my work. I don’t have time to communicate with idiotic trolls like you. XOXO Moronican lol.

      • rican

        MJB, why don’t you tell us more about yourself and how awesome and prepared you are? I feel I haven’t heard enough, and wouldn’t mind taking a nap.

    • Gigi

      I know several clerical types who do have advanced degrees. What kind of comment is that to make? Do you hate the secretaries, receptionists and Admins of the world? You may be all that but I still have the power of the almight HOLD button. Bitch.

      • MJB

        @Gigi: I was not disparaging clerical workers. NOT. At. All. I’ve done admin. work myself. Yes, you’re right. I know one admin. with a Master’s who makes $120,000/yr working for a billionaire.
        Receptionists, secretaries, and admins. are gatekeepers and keep offices running smoothly worldwide. You made one of the best comments ever: you have the power of the almighty HOLD button. Damn, I’m not even going to mess with that.

    • MJB you’ve been arguing for the last hour and by the content of your posts I’d say you are the delusional, moronic one.

      When these protests started they were about what is being discussed. However, the Democratic strategists decided it would be good to send in some more lunatics to make as much noise as possible so the sheep would forget that Nobama is as much to blame as anyone for this shit we are in.

      • MJB

        @Fletch: Point out what I wrote that was delusional and moronic.
        You can’t, can you? I’m disappointed with Obama because he’s acting like a Republican’t Lite. Under Republican rule, 2 senseless wars that cost trillions were started along with tax cuts for the rich among other ridiculous things. So don’t think Obama is going to fix Bush’s mess overnight. But I am disappointed. I agree with boycotts—hit ‘em in the wallet.

    • kimmykimkim

      MJB & rican: give it a rest and hug it the fuck out, bitches. Jesus!

      • rican

        Hey kimmy, I would, but MJB doesn’t drink, smoke, do drugs and is incessant in the spew of bullshit, what a total BORE. I’ll hi-5 you though.

      • MJB

        @kimmykimkim: LOL But he started it. The ignorant & immature troll wanted me to suck on his tiny smegma-filled penis. (If a troll wants to start ridiculous ad hominem attacks—I’ll go there.) You know what they say: No drugs means more time for sex and rock ‘n’ roll. Two things, among many, rican doesn’t get enough of.

      • rican

        MJB I didn’t start it by asking u to blow me, I started it by saying you’re so full of shit I can smell it just from reading your post. Listen, thinking you sound smart does not make you a smart person, or maybe it does, if you’re hanging out in Zuccotti park.

      • kimmykimkim

        MJB & rican: oh, you two! :: sigh ::

  25. PS3 because Xbox sux

    I’m kinda with Deacon J on this one. Black Ops sucks a donkey dick and the multiplayer maps are all the same, running around as fast as you can with very little strategy. The kid at Gamestop almost blew his load telling me how awesome Battlefield is going to be because he’s been Beta testing it and said it blows COD out of the water. The new COD is gonna do some cool shit, like let you kick instead of just stabbing your opponents and allow you to carry two primary weapons, but it moves way too fast after lighting up a bowl;) BTW, I turn 40 next week and could give a fuck about this protest. I was poor as shit for most of my life but now I’m part of the establishment and love watching the people squirm and suffer who were getting English degrees and telling me I was a sellout when I got my Finance degree. Gee, two years in the Peace Corps doesn’t look as good on a resume as you thought it would now does it?

  26. Obama is Full of Wall Street Money, among other things
  27. BSname

    It’s not so much the celebrities that discredit this movement, its the protesters who discredit themselves with the obvious pass they give Obama.

  28. anonym

    russell brand is so fucking annoying.

    and can he ever keep his mouth closed? he’s always showing his teeth

  29. Bane

    The Grateful Dead and Fish stop touring and this is what we get.

  30. “OK then, how about $20.00 plus I’ll let you be on top?”

  31. Cardinal Fang

    Mega-rich celebs mixing with the protesters – The irony of it is deafening.

    How stupid to wait til Fall to protest. Then again, we’re not dealing with the brightest bulbs here. Hippie loser mother fuckers. Greed built the clothes on your back, so back off your hate of success you lefty pig dogs. Just because you’re a loser don’t keep others from making something of their lives. Roll up your Che Guevara posters and get the Hell out of here.

  32. Frunken

    Brand is probably one of the most legitimately educated people in entertainment.

  33. It looks like the clueless dipshits have elected themselves a king.

  34. KeepCalm

    Don’t stone me but I actually like Russell Brand. Yeah, he comes across as a dingbat a lot of the time, but if you actually listen to what he says/writes he seems like a really nice, intelligent guy. So, just in case anyone is interested, here’s what he wrote about visiting the protest: http://www.russellbrand.tv/2011/10/occupy/

    • crackbang

      He’s educated, and writes well, but it’d be nice if it made sense. Too flowery; very little substance.

  35. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    Billykins
    Commented on this photo:

    Looks like Thom Yorke from Radiohead

  36. R Dub

    Am I the only who recognizes the guy sitting with Russell Brand? It’s semi-famous author/documentarian/Colbert guest/ushering in-er of all things 2012: Daniel Pinchbeck.

  37. When is Jimmy Hendrix and Janice Joplin scheduled to play?

  38. Russell Brand Occupy Wall Street
    poop
    Commented on this photo:

    actually thats not andy dick or a british celebrity.

    Its fucking Daniel Pinchbeck… awesome!

    look him up.

  39. Pippy Longcockings

    Occupy Wallstreet is a total fucking waste of time. The only thing that will ever change the status quo is armed revolution. And Americans are way too fat, stupid and obsessed with Kim Kardashian’s ass cleavage to ever revolt.

    • MJB

      No boycotts are more effective. That’s what brought down apartheid in South Africa—well, economic sanctions but still the same principle. Hit ‘em in their wallets.

  40. rae

    It IS Daniel Pinchbeck..hung out with him a few times..but he got a haircut. Not a good idea.

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