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Russell Brand Pens Eloquent, Zany #OccupyWallStreet Article!

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Hollywood's god of etymology, Russell Brand, went back to the typewriter keyboard to scribe an article addressing the political climate in New York City right now.

Don't worry. He definitely calls himself out on renting a 1% hotel room.

With writing like "then, like a baffled alien abductee, I unwittingly found myself first transplanted from Los Angeles to Manhattan then suddenly somnambu-jogging through Tribeca to Zuccotti Park, lured by a peculiar certainty that I simply had to be there," U know U have to read it!!

Go ahead and cl-click the nice jump to read the article. Go on. Click it. It won't bite. ha!

Among the many triumphs of the Occupy Wall Street movement (a campaign so alive with zeitgeist that I feel here obligated to reference its proper title – #OccupyWallStreet) is the remarkable sense of occasion that accompanies the phenomenon. Since it began a month ago I’ve been subliminally transfixed. Then, like a baffled alien abductee, I unwittingly found myself first transplanted from Los Angeles to Manhattan then suddenly somnambu-jogging through Tribeca to Zuccotti Park, lured by a peculiar certainty that I simply had to be there.
Leaving my apartment with an objective no grander than to go for a run I somehow landed amidst Zuccotti’s tarpaulin sprawl in unforgivable leggings and a headband that would have had Alice reaching for a shard of cracked looking-glass.

There can be few cultures that would unthinkingly welcome into their fold a man dressed as I was in the macabre attire of a spandex scarecrow but the occupants of this pop up civilization offered me first food, then shelter and then, incredibly, hope that we can change the world.

Of course, this may seem like cock-eyed optimism given that physically the site resembles a Kenyan slum, all slung together wigwams, a Toy-Town medi-centre and a cardboard-igloo library, but whilst the visible structures may be flimsy they are held together by an invisible scaffold of ideals founded upon the thing the establishment fears most; the will of the people.

During my first accidental visit I chatted with an enthralling bunch, notably a beautiful group of teenagers, righteous and idealistic and interestingly mellow. I suppose they differ from the London teens that last month took a starkly contrasting course of action from the same impetus of frustration, in that while they may be similarly disenfranchised, they believe in the possibility of change.

Brianna who is seventeen, pagan-pretty and dusky, is attending college by day and occupying Wall Street by night like some heart wrenching cross between Pocahontas and Batman, said that young people are entitled to an education without being bound to a lifetime of debt. Whilst “Messiah” (there’s a lot of those names flying about, go with it; it’s a small price to pay for Utopia) literally danced into the conversation and self consciously, but touchingly, divided up and shared a stick of gum in a “Sermon on the Mount” brought to us by Juicy Fruit. You might think, that given her name, that was the least she could do, but we’re talking about a sixteen-year-old girl here. If Fox News and the Daily Mail are to be believed I’m damn lucky she didn’t shiv me in the guts and film it on her phone.

Here in Zuccotti Square these young people clearly felt safe, purposeful, included and behaved with charm, compassion and respect. Naturally I was impressed but more agitated than ever by my jogging outfit. Really, it’s terrible, I mean if we’re going to bring about systemic and meaningful social change, I want to be dressed for it.

The next day I returned to learn more, in a very fetching scarf with my friend Daniel Pinchbeck the brilliant writer, radical and ludicrously, yet truthfully titled “psychedelic Shaman”.

One of the movement’s significant principles is that there are no appointed leaders. That said, there are more experienced and pragmatic inhabitants to whom Daniel and I chatted. We were given a tour of the site and in spite of the lashing rain and gales, which I, of course regarded as the winds of change and cleansing rain, all we encountered were bonhomous and welcoming. Much more than I’d anticipated. Let’s face facts, one of the campaign’s few edicts is to provide the unrepresented 99% with a voice, had I, when I fitted into that demographic, chanced upon a touring celebrity I would have used that voice to tell him to fuck off, no matter how nice his scarf was.

Perhaps it is this ambience of inclusion, of acceptance and indeed of love that has brought #OccupyWallStreet such success. There is a remarkable absence of anger and resentment which is why the movement resonates so deeply. Is this movement’s implicit goal to reengage our humanity? To reach beyond the political, the national and other illusory, temporary concepts and into our true, spiritual nature?

Justin, our volunteer tour guide was smiling and patient, especially with my incessant questioning about where people go to the toilet; mostly in McDonald’s it transpires – I’m glad Ronald and the Hamburglar at last have a chance to atone for their mucky past and eery jocundity. The sense of cohesion and civic duty in the square, which many call Liberty Square, its former title, was something I found appealing. In my country, England, and across the world there is amongst older people an irritation at the breakdown of traditional values, a grudge against apathetic and uncaring youth, atomized and X-box agog, indifferent to their culture, abstracted from their land.

Here young men who would typically be drenched in spittle-flecked “Get a job” rage diligently join committees for sanitation, cooking and on site security. A voluntary conscription to the cause of change. A nation founded on ideals of harmony and responsibility, on representing the whole, built here in a privately owned square. The ownership of the Square, explained David, a seasoned and visionary activist, is important as the New York Real Estate Group who represent the interests of the powerful institutions to whom this movement is a threat, are now desperate to implement legislative change that will ensure the Occupation will be curtailed and not repeated. Clearly this is no simple undertaking as demonstrated when the suspicious attempts to vacate the Square for cleaning were abandoned. It is unlike Mayor Bloomberg to back down but David outlined this movement is unlike anything this country has ever seen.

Other protestors took the time to educate me on the matters that had brought them to the square. One purple haired, perfect skinned occupant told me beneath the billow and crack of the turbulent tarpaulin that in 2009 24% of American families with children were at some point too poor to buy food. Hunger. It doesn’t get more basic than that. Another lad, black and bright eyed with spectacles that I suspect-acle didn’t have glass in them, informed me that 50 million Americans do not have health care. Perhaps that’s why his glasses weren’t finished.

Of course these problems are not unique to America, they are the symptoms of a global epidemic, said a lady who was there speaking on behalf of the Mexican Zapatista movement using the already iconic “Human Mic” system in which staccato sentences are truncated and repeated by the crowd. A charming and inspiring instant cultural artifact.


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13 comments to “Russell Brand Pens Eloquent, Zany #OccupyWallStreet Article!”

  1. 1

    Occupy Wall Street is just an extension of Occupy White House.
    OWS is endorsed by the Communist Party USA, the American Nazi Party, the Government of Iran….and Barack Hussein Obama!
    Obama's White Stooges
    "American exceptionalism" on display, parented, guided, molded and educated by the Harvard Progressives.
    Take a good look at your children.
    You are shitty fucking parents!
    Shameful, especially when you hear the new horror stories coming out of North Korea.

  2. 2

    Brianna is what is wrong with this genreation. They all think they should be entitled to everything. Young people aren't entitled to a college education, it should be earned.

  3. 3

    that was gorgeous.
    i feel sorry for you who pretend that this movement is not for the good of all.
    it's alright though.
    you'll feel the benefits the same as the rest of us and you will have a change of heart.
    individuals working for the greater good, the social balance, are the heart of the original foundation of the country.
    i have hope. and nothing but love no matter how you try to tear it down.

  4. 4

    luvs2ustle is the 1% therefore nothing of his craziness should be listened to

  5. 5

    what is Russel famous for exactly? He hosted the VMA's once… and he does a million interviews… that's all i know of him. Oh yea, he married katy perry, what elsE? lol

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  7. 7

    Re: Jumperchu – He's actually a pretty successful writer, and I guess he does stand up comedy, but I personally have never seen any of it. His books are terrifically entertaining, witty, and well-written

  8. 8

    Heya Perez! So you up to visit the #ows community space and all night activist circus? Im the Justin from the article- We'd love to invite you to #occupywallstreet's #occupyhalloween! We can totally smuggle you in ! Thanks for passing on this article. Ask Russel ya gotta see this place. Mucho Mahalo Mister Hollywood.

  9. 9

    Bravo Russell!
    I truly hope this movement succeeds in highlighting the dire conditions of more Americans than anybody would like to admit.
    Internationally too it can play a great role to bring bout human change.

  10. 10

    I find the whole movement fascinating, amazing, inspiring. This is how revolutions start. I hope it remains non-violent, awareness and support is increasing by the day. Despite what FOX news reports, it’s not all kids, hippies, or unemployed bums – there are a lot of hard working functional people out there making their voices heard.

  11. 11

    Also, education should be a right not a privilege. Is it a child’s fault that their parents couldn’t afford to send them to a decent school? How are kids in Detroit supposed to earn a college education? There’s no way they can afford it & there’s no way to receive an academic scholarship if the high school you attended averaged a 3rd grade reading level.
    It is policies & inequality that creates this system where the privileged can C- their way through school then pay for college while the poor can work & work w/ no hope of ever being able to afford to improve themselves. Any yes, some make it out, some work hard & are resilient & make it. I admire & respect those individuals but even they should ask themselves if they want their children to have to go through what they went through…

  12. 12

    There is a sharp divide here in not only the 99% and 1% but in the phony corporate arts - music, film, writing, art, etc. and the new more honest art and media that will come out of these protestors and their supporters.

  13. 13

    Figures he would be into a whole group of similarly unwashed idiots.