Kanye West, Russell Simmons Occupy Wall Street

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Kanye West and Russell Simmons were the latest in a long list of celebrities to make an appearance at Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City. On Monday, the pair arrived at the scene—Simmons to appear as a guest on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC radio show and West simply to witness and play an informal role in the event.

Tweeted Russell Simmons, in response to reactions about he and West’s appearance, “The best thing about having resources or celebrity is that u can use them/ it to empower others. #occupywallstreet.”; earlier, in response to those who questioned the participation of West, Simmons, and other extremely wealthy celebrities, Simmons also tweeted the following: “Don’t hate the players change the game .. I want every one to have greater opportunity then I was afforded #occupywallstreet”

Other celebrity/activists who attended or spoke included Susan Sarandon and ex Tim Robbins, Michael Moore, Roseanne Barr, Dr. Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Penn Badgley and Lupe Fiasco.

According to its web site, “Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

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