Actor Tim Robbins has joined forces with Occupy Wall Street in New York City to earn the movement more support and publicity.
Robbins appeared at the demonstration first-hand on Thursday, saying, “This is what an actual grassroots movement looks like.”
The Academy Award winning actor added, “It’s a bit sloppy and disorganized but full of passion.”
Robbins, active in politics, is a prominent spokesperson for anti-globalization, and is opposed to large, multi-national corporations. The actor also has frequently spoken out against former president George W. Bush and in particular in opposition against the war in Iraq. In the 2008 presidential election, he endorsed and campaigned for Senator John Edwards.
In addition to Robbins, “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley also showed up at Occupy Wall Street earlier this week. Walking amongst the groups of hundreds of protestors, celebrities understand that their fame can lend focus to the cause at hand.
Actress Susan Sarandon was out showing her support for Occupy Wall Street recently too, and say the hundreds of people who are camping out. The Oscar winner explained in an interview that she was there “to understand what’s going on and to lend my support.”
Recently separated from long-time partner Robbins, Sarandon toured the area of Zuccotti Park last week.
“There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing a huge gap between the rich and the poor,” Sarandon said.
Actor and director Mark Ruffalo has taken a very active role in Occupy Wall Street, calling it the “festival of decency” on his Twitter account. Attending the demonstration in New York for almost two weeks now, the actor wrote in The Guardian: “Their message is simple: get money out of the political process; strive for equality in taxation and equal rights for all regardless of race, gender, social status, sexual preference or age.”
“The 99 percent of us have paid a dear price so that the one percent could become the wealthiest people in the world,” continued the actor. “We live with great injustices in the land of justice. We live with great lawlessness in the land of the law.”
Other celebrities such as Michael Moore, Russell Simmons, Jeff Mangum, and Tony Danza have also embraced Occupy Wall Street.
Partisans of Occupy Wall Street have been stationed in New York City for over three weeks, and say that they will continue to protest “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”
The Christian Post has spoken to protesters near Wall Street who said they will “no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent.”
Occupy Wall Street partisans are convening in many major cities across the United States in hopes of eliciting action from President Obama.