Kanye West Lends His Support to Occupy Wall Street Protest

Russell Simmons and Kanye West

Kanye West is never one to bite his tongue, but for once, the outspoken rapper didn’t say a word during his visit to the Occupy Wall Street protest on Monday (Oct. 10). Russell Simmons enlisted support from the hip-hop superstar, who attracted a crowd as he walked the streets of New York City. Hordes of people have camped throughout the financial district to fight against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of the very wealthy on government.

The Def Jam co-founder spoke to the media as a tired looking West stood by his side. “Kanye has been a big supporter spiritually to this movement and he’s just here to stand with the people,” he told reporters. “He’s not with the politics of it, doesn’t want to make a statement, didn’t want to do any media at all actually, but he’s here and there’s almost no way around it.

“He’s here in support of the people. As an artist, he feels artistic people and he feels what they’re doing. And he understands this idea about getting the money out of government and letting the people govern. He wants to give power back to the people.”

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18 Comments

  1. DRB

    You make millions of dollars upon tens of millions and you’re at an anti capitalism protest

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  2. Yeah

    ALL DAY, ALL WEEK

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  3. Really?

    he looks nervous and scared something aint right here idk ya

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  4. LOlz

    this is when you know that the occupy wall street movement, really has no point. He showed up and was like ‘wheres a girl with a speakerphone, lemi snatch that quick like!’ But yeah in all seriousness, kanye’s just fed up with big corporations making it to hard for him to live anymore. I mean just last year he only made millions instead of billion!

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  5. Hannah

    THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT MR. KANYE WEST. RESPECT!

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  6. Mr

    All of yall are missing the point. It aint about kanye or russell. They are lending support and shining a light on something big.

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  7. PASS PRES. OBAMA bill for jobs. PASS THE %@^&& BILL!!!

    1. Pass the jobs bill no no no republicans
    2. Get corporate and elite special interest out of the pockets of ur bought and paid for politicians.
    3. Tax the 1%ers
    4. Move ur money out of greedy banksters banks like Bank Of America, Citibank and J.P. Morgan Chase that wanna tax U MORE after they got billions in bailout money. Wall Street got bailed out NOT MAIN STREET!
    4. Public financing and not private financing campaign reform.
    5. Fire Dems. and Reps. -most of them. Run them out of town, from Congress and Washington with ur votes in 2012.
    6. Shut Wall Street and Congress down b/c of corruption and clean the Street and House out.
    7. Arrest the banksters responsible for the housing collapse and who r still running lose. Bernie Murdolf was not the only one.
    8. Get Clarence Thomas off the Supreme Court
    9. Stop voter suppression.
    10. immigration reform.

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    Joe Reply:

    @PASS PRES. OBAMA bill for jobs. PASS THE %@^&& BILL!!!, I got a problem with #8…why do you want an all-white Supreme Court?

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    PASS PRES. OBAMA JOBS BILL FOR JOBS Reply:

    @Joe, dont c my prior post response to u. Aint gonna type all my explanation again. If it show fine but I will just say its an ethical issue. Google and find out more. Its about ethics not color.

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  8. PASS PRES. OBAMA JOBS BILL FOR JOBS

    THANK U KANYE & RUSSELL. AT LEAST U SHOWED UP! SHOW UP & GET INVOLVED. U hung on but now pulled away from JayZ, but u should’ve brought his azz over there too.

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  9. sangria

    Russell spoke on his behalf. Good looking out!!!

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  10. Jay

    Its sad that more young people aren’t involved. The country is literally bending bent over by corporations and people are just taking it and not being active.

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  11. Anne Coleman

    Second photo – girl to the left is my daughter. Very proud that she’s standing up and happy to see Mr. West doing his part!

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    PASS PRES. OBAMA JOBS BILL FOR JOBS Reply:

    @Anne Coleman, thats nice. Shes pretty.

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  12. Colleen

    “Wants to give power back to the people…” Wow, sounds no different than what the Tea Partiers want. Russell Simmons, Kanye and any other multi-million dollar making artist are nothing but hypocrits. Without capitalism, they would be NO WHERE! Stay out of politics and just keep singing.

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  13. Hugh

    Yeah this is weird. He did look scared.

    Russel probably had him at gunpoint :)

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  14. TRA

    Lol at Colleen, I’m sorry Collen but you sound like a dumbass, and your last post was really stupid. Just because someone is rich and famous doesn’t mean they don’t have good attentions. Kanye West is a great music artist, despite the fact that he is a rich, black, arrogant, selfish, fool. Kanye West has always voiced an opinion about politics through his music, and lifestyle whether you like him as a person, or not. If you listen to College Dropout, Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, you will see Kanye West is deep with his feelings on politics. No other rapper stood up to President Bush like Kanye West did, the only reason he apologized for his mistakes in life, was because the controversies were always too big for him, he didn’t lose his whole entire fanbase, but he lost some fans over the years for being too honest and speaking his mind too much. He made have been scared for his life, cause he may have thought someone who is racist, or completly hates him for no real reason, would try to come at him the wrong way. Kanye West has the courage to go to the protest, so he earns my respect. Warren Buffet said that he wouldn’t mind paying higher taxes, as long as everyone gets a fair chance to succeed in life. Congress are the ones who should be held responsible for not helping people get jobs, since they are lawmakers. Let’s see if Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Donald Trump, or any of these other millionaires have the guts to go to the protest, whether you like the protest, or not.

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