Occupy Wall Street Update: Michael Moore Doesn't Represent Whole Movement

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on September 28 2011 5:49 PM

Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon might be garnering all of the headlines about the Occupy Wall Street protests, but not everyone down at Zuccotti Park is comfortable with that.

One young man, who wished to be identified as only a New Englander in the agriculture industry, stated that it wasn't exactly a good thing that filmmaker Moore was recently on CNN to discuss the Wall Street protests.

I'm not necessary comfortable with Michael Moore becoming the face of the Occupy Wall Street in the media, the young man told the IBTimes. I think Dr. Cornel West visiting us is a much bigger deal than Michael Moore.

Bill Dobbs, an unofficial press spokesman for the movement, disagreed a bit with the young New Englander and thought that Moore and Sarandon coming to view the movement was a positive. Dobbs said that Sarandon hung around for about an hour on Tuesday talking to different protesters and was genuinely interested in learning more about the movement.

Moore, who gained international acclaim for his film Bowling for Columbine, visited the protest headquarters at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan over the weekend. He later appeared with Piers Morgan on CNN to discuss the protests and the larger issues being discussed.

Moore and Sarandon aren't the only celebrities to stop by the protests, though. Comedian Roseanne Barr spoke at the first day of the protest and rapper Lupe Fiasco was seen at a weekend protest.

The arrival of celebrities has caused some to question the need of wealthy persons in a movement against Wall Street and greed, but one man at the protests today pointed out that the main argument is battling for the bottom 99 percent and even most celebrities don't make enough money to be in the top 1 percent.

The bottom 99 percent versus top 1 percent issue was addressed within Zuccotti Park at a small table at one entrance of the park. The table, set up with opposing placards on each side, pitted a man representing the bottom 99 percent against a man representing the top 1 percent.

The man representing the top 1 percent, identified as Harris Gindi, goaded on Occupy Wall Street protesters to get a job and stop draining on the economy. Gindi identified himself as unemployed, but a quick search shows him as chief executive officer and owner of New York-based RHX Discount Stores Inc.

Gindi offered one young man several $20 dollar bills out of his pocket and at one point even offered a $6,000 check to the man. One of his main arguments was that there are jobs everywhere, including at a local Burger King, and that anyone who was actively searching for a job could get one.

But later in an interview with IBTimes, Gindi admitted that only two percent out of the close to nine percent of unemployed Americans could actually get a job.

Out of the nine percent, about two percent could get jobs, Gindi told the IBTimes. When questioned on what the remaining seven percent should do, Gindi said it's a problem, I'm not saying it's not a problem and said that many would have to wait for the economy to get better later on.

Jesse LaGreca, a blogger for Daily Kos, engaged Gindi in the conversation and appeared insulted when Gindi repeatedly told him he would take him to Burger King to get a job.

Burger King can't pay my f--ng bills, LaGreca said. Then I'll move up to fries and that's when the big bucks start rolling in.

LaGreca called Gindi's offers insulting and that he'd be a horrible boss.

You're rubbing it in my face, LaGreca said. Do you realize how insulting that is? It's so insulting.

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