Occupy Wall Street
As more protesters hunker down at Zuccotti Park, is the Occupy Wall Street movement becoming more similar to Woodstock than it is to the March on Washington? Reuters.com

Occupy Wall Street has morphed into something wholly different from an organized civil movement.

The protest was initially established by Adbusters, a not-for-profit, anti-consumerist, pro-environmentalists, Canadian-based organization, and has spread far and wide via the long tentacles of digital communication.

Adbusters, an advertisement-free and award-winning magazine, proposed the idea for a peaceful protest in mid-July. It proposition spurred from frustration over the increasing disparity between the 99 and 1 percent and the troublesome fact that the bankers who caused the global financial crisis did not face legal repercussions.

Protests have flared up far past the Financial Hub of Wall Street in cities such as in Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Charlotte, and Atlanta.

Today, Oct. 11, protesters are moving to Uptown Manhattan to march in front of the homes of the mega-wealthy, such as Ruptert Murdoch and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.

Adbusters promoted a concise ideology and methodology, but its inspiration appears to only be superficially imposed on the jumbled group of protesters.

The owner of the park Brookfield Properties is now addressing hundreds of phone calls and emails in reference to complaints of lewdness, groping, drinking and drug use, the lack of safe access to and usage of the Park, ongoing noise at all hours, unsanitary conditions and offensive odors, according to NBC.

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll seems like the main mantra.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has actually become more akin to Woodstock than the March on Washington.


Free condoms are given out to protesters squatting in Zuccotti Square. Boxes are left in the main camping areas.

There have been reports of individuals engaging in copulation in plain sight, though there is no lack of beds. Makeshift housing apparatuses can be seen strewn across the lawn.

I haven't hooked up with any guys ... but one of my friends did have sex in a tarp with a guy last night, said one individual to the NY Post.

Women have been seen topless or even fully naked. Some have had their entire bodies painted in psychedelic colors.

The Gothamist sent reporters down to Zuccotti Park to spend the night with protesters. The article, entitled Our Night At Camp Zuccotti: Dance Parties, Cokeheads, Free Love, And The 99%, includes a quote from a protester who confirms the spread of free love: People were definitely having sex on the first night of sleeping here.


Drugs can easily be obtained at Zuccotti Park. A Post reporter was offered pot for $15 and heroin for $10.

The Post also included in its article a brief description of an individual named Dave who was at the Park and claimed to be getting high while running from warrants.

The smell of marijuana wafts through the air in and around the main protest site. Individuals have been arrested for drug use, such as cocaine.

The DailyMail reported that a 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital on Oct. 8 after drinking a potent mixture of liquor and cough syrup.

Rock and Roll

As for the rock and roll part, though the Radiohead performance was just a rumor, Talib Kweli, a hip-hop artist and poet from Brooklyn, performed for the protesters on Oct. 7.

Jeff Mangum of the band Neutral Milk Hotel performed at Zuccotti Park on Oct. 4 in a surprise appearance. The artist even took song requests from the crowd.

The protesters are also capable of entertaining themselves. The Gothamist reported on dance parties, drum circles, and sing-a-longs.

Other celebrities who have visited Zuccotti Park include Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Michael Moore, Roseanne Barr, and Susan Sarandon.

Unsanitary Conditions

Woodstock was known for its less than hygenic environment.

Conditions at Zuccotti Park are said to be getting increasingly unsanitary.

Showers and bathrooms are obviously not readily available. A pungent stench can be whiffed near the main campgrounds.

One man was photographed relieving himself on a police car. Many individuals use local retail shops for their bathrooms, including a McDonald's.

Mayor Bloomberg said that he is okay with the protesters staying indefinitely, so long as they obey the laws. He believes, however, the current numbers are sustained due to the unseasonably warm weather. Popularity may deminish once the cold and snow sets in.

But for now, the party goes on.

More individuals continue to stream into Zuccotti Park who tout the proclamation of the greater good.

As the scene becomes more comparable to Woodstock, the impact of that message is lost in translation.