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Kanye West Goes to 'Occupy Wall Street' Protest with Spokesman Russell Simmons: VIDEO

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A very serious Kanye West kept uncharacteristically quiet at the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Kanye would attend a dog show if it garnered him ANY attention or press, positive or negative.

    His presence means nothing to me.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 11, 2011 2:07:53 PM


  2. I agree with Mark. Both him and Russell Simmons can go home and count their millions.

    Posted by: brenda | Oct 11, 2011 2:14:05 PM


  3. Don't know about Kanye, but Russell is one of those millionaires who has a conscience. So if this helps broaden the attention of the protests and helps attract more people of color to the movement, that is a positive.

    Posted by: Albert | Oct 11, 2011 2:24:09 PM


  4. I like Russell Simmons. He is a passionate animal rights advocate, championing veganism, supporting the Humane Society and partnering with PETA to protest the treatment of chickens by Kentucky Fried Chicken. He has lent his support to help homeless men re-enter the work force. And he has gone on record stating that he supports marriage equality.

    Kanye West, on the other hand, is a moron.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 11, 2011 2:36:18 PM


  5. I don't resent the successful. Support from some of the very wealthy 1 percent can make these protests stronger and more legitimate.

    That said, Kanye West has diamonds embedded in his mouth. His teeth could put half those protesters through college. He has no business there.

    Posted by: Jr | Oct 11, 2011 2:48:42 PM


  6. It's nice that Kanye sported thousands of dollars in gold chains and a $375 Givenchy shirt.

    The whole lot of them are phonies.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 11, 2011 3:00:59 PM


  7. To quote Mark, his presence means nothing to me. If free tickets were handed to see him appearing at a dog fight across the street, I would not go. If he paid me to go see him, I would not go.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 11, 2011 3:03:46 PM


  8. Does this mean I have to stop supporting the protesters now?

    Can't stand Kanye. Russel Simmons is cool though.

    And bling is over.

    Posted by: mike128 | Oct 11, 2011 3:09:54 PM


  9. So if Warren Buffet showed up at this thing, it would be cool though?

    Posted by: AsherStClaire | Oct 11, 2011 3:45:28 PM


  10. Simmons uses his celebrity his own Visa and debit cards.

    https://www.rushcard.com/

    If he really wants to part of the solution, first stop being part of the problem.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 11, 2011 4:06:06 PM


  11. Mark, rush cards are PREPAID debit cards.
    You can't spend more than whats on them so in a way, he is Part of the Solution, by giving them an option where they can't spend beyond their means.

    Posted by: AsherStClaire | Oct 11, 2011 4:27:10 PM


  12. Two multi-millionaire media whores. Russell Simmons promoted a string of homophobic hip-hop and rap acts over the years. Both of them can go jump.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2011 5:43:24 PM


  13. nyracked.com reports that the plaid shirt he's wearing goes for $355
    i wonder if kw would see the irony in that

    Posted by: jw | Oct 11, 2011 6:50:31 PM


  14. @ ASHERSTCLAIRE No, he is definitely a part of the problem regarding these "rush cards." It was even a matter of contention for some of the protestors.

    And you can certainly spend more than whats on the card, just by using the card. Monthly fees to have the card and fees per purchase from use of the card can add up quickly.

    I like Kanye as an artist, and he is no moron, but he's really out of place at this protest. Russell Simmons...smh

    Posted by: Leonard | Oct 11, 2011 10:48:36 PM


  15. It annoys me when celebrities jump on the band wagon with social causes, but for these two to come down and pretend they are "one of us" is disingenuous and pisses me off. What's next, a live performance from J-Lo singing "Jenny From the Block"??

    The rush card and "bling culture" promoted on some level by these two contributes to a consumer/debt culture that has given the corporations and banks they very power they want and have over us.

    If you are really serious then you are going to have to do more than spend an hour standing around talking (or not talking) to the press. It's easy to be a limo liberal--it taking real balls to make real sacrifices and make a real difference.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 12, 2011 5:26:31 AM


  16. Kanye kept his mouth closed because he was afraid someone was going to ask him to give something up.

    Posted by: Shane | Oct 12, 2011 8:07:53 AM


  17. For a public figure to show up at public protest rally and NOT speak - and instead have someone doing your talking for you - is the epitome of self-aggrandizement. Kanye West--see megalomania

    If you REALLY support the cause, Kanye--why don't you donate some food, supplies, and portable bathroom facilities to the folks at the protest? Surely if you sold that 400 dollar shirt and those thousand dollar jeans you were wearing during your one hour photo op you could buy quite a bit of badly needed resources for the people really sacrificing for the cause.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 12, 2011 8:33:18 AM


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