'Occupy Wall Street' Loses Respect With Gross Antics

occupy wall streetWhen Occupy Wall Street started on September 17, it was widely reported -- by news sources and friends who witnessed it first-hand -- how remarkably organized it was. It was clean, there were lines for food, lines for restrooms, and the crazy naked people seemed to be at a minimum.

Now, almost a month later, that image of an orderly, well-oiled machine of a situation is a distant memory, and it's been replaced with one that's filled with human excrement, used condoms, circles of nude people holding nonsensical signs, and of course, Kanye West.


The Daily Mail recently ran an article -- complete with photos of a man pooping on a cop car -- that chronicled the more seedy underbelly of this good fight. The photographer who captured the pooping man also mentioned that a few hours later, he saw the perp "fast asleep in the square." Doesn't really paint a good picture.

The New York Post published a similar article, interviewing Dave, 24, "a scrawny, unshaven miscreant in filthy clothes from Stamford, Connecticut," who said, "I got warrants. I'm running from the law. I'm not even supposed to be here, but it's as good a spot as any to hide." They also interviewed a 40-year-old activist, who seemed to be feeling a little uneasy about the state of OWS. "I’ve seen some [kids] making out, having sex. It doesn’t look good," he said. They also included that their reporter was offered heroin in Zucotti Park. Not sure how pertinent that is, though. It is New York City.

The Stir's own Lindsay Mannering happened to walk by the protests yesterday and was privy to a naked drum circle accompanied by the sign "Less Drums, More Sex." Neither of us has any idea what that has to do with Wall Street.

Then there was Kanye West. There's always Kanye West. The superstar made a cameo at Zucotti Park yesterday, dressed in a $355 Givenchy shirt and what appeared to be Balmain jeans. Do as I say, not as I do, right, Kanye?

Bottom line is what started out as something positive and peaceful has turned into a rendition of Burning Man. The original message of Occupy Wall Street -- economic equality good, corporate greed bad -- seems to still be there (sort of), but it's hard to see among the muck and mire. And this isn't good. Because now it's sort of hard to take something like this seriously.

Do you think OWS has taken a turn for the worse?


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