Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has joined the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street protesters camping out in Zuccotti Park in New York's financial district -- but it is unclear whether she will be doing any camping herself.
Bloomberg reported the famously liberal actress toured the area Tuesday.
I'm here to understand what's going on and to lend my support, Sarandon told Bloomberg. There's a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that's addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.
On Monday, filmmaker Michael Moore added some star power to the fledgling protests. The Wall Street Journal reported the Capitalism: A Love Story director praised the protesters, who are demonstrating against corporate greed and unequal distribution of wealth in the United States.
It warms my heart to see all of you here, the Journal reported Moore telling the protesters, urging them to carry on and reminding them that our power is derived from the people. He took aim at the top tier of the wealthy, who the protesters feel have too much control over government, saying, They have tried to take our democracy and turn it into a 'kleptocracy.'
At least 80 people were arrested Tuesday, which is the eighth day of the protests. A New York Police Department representative told ABC News the police could not confirm the number of arrests because those brought in were still being processed.
The Occupy Wall Street protest has lost some luster since it launched last weekend, with some calling it disorganized and unfocused. The protesters have clashed with NYPD officers, who are protecting heavily barricaded areas leading to the New York Stock Exchange. Pedestian traffic has been affected in the financial district, and some business owners are complaining the protests are negatively affecting sales.
This is usually a very busy time of day, but everything is blocked off, newsstand operator Swili Rally told MSNBC. These protesters are really bad for business.