October 22, 2011

THAT'S NOT MUDDLE BUT THE MESSAGE:

Hollywood on Wall Street (FRANK BRUNI, 10/22/11, NY Times)

WHAT enormous comfort it must give the Occupy Wall Street protesters to know that celebrities feel their pain.

Roseanne Barr, for example. The comedian bleeds for them. Or, rather, would have others bleed; inspired by the protests, she recommended the guillotine for the greediest bankers.

Such a subtle creature, she, and so oppressed to boot! Back in the 1990s, for the final seasons of her sitcom "Roseanne," she made at least $20 million a year.

She was not the 99 percent.

The rap mogul Russell Simmons and the rapper Kanye West meandered over to Occupy Wall Street's cradle, Zuccotti Park. By all accounts West was wearing more bling, though Simmons has bigger bucks: his net worth has been estimated as being between $100 million and $340 million. West's is below that, and he made only $16 million or so last year.

They are not even the 99.5 percent.

And while that doesn't disqualify them or Barr or other entertainers from sympathizing with Occupy Wall Street, it does give their public gestures of solidarity a discordant, sometimes specious ring. It also confuses the identity of a protest movement that already has challenges aplenty in the coherence department.

The whole dog-and-pony show consists of nothing but spoiled rich brats faking outrage.

Posted by at October 22, 2011 5:27 PM
  

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