Occupy Wall Street has attracted plenty of notable visitors of the liberal persuasion—the Alec Baldwins of the world.
But the encampment at Zuccotti park has also drawn some notable members of the 1%—the people the protesters are supposedly against—as well as several zany celebrity appearances by stars not known for their political views.
To his credit, economist and stockbroker Peter Schiff did what many in the financial industry are presumably too afraid to do--he showed up at the protest, announced his membership in the 1%, and asked for a dialogue.
Video here, from his blog.
The megastar, accompained by husband Russell Brand and repeat visitor Russell Simmons, made her own pilgramage to the park (NY Daily News).
Unlike the others on this list, Perry seemed to be avoiding being recognised--the singer and her hubby were rocking the celebrity sunglasses/hat combo.
The billionare real estate investor went 'undercover' for Forbes--the only 1%er who would agree to do so. (No cover necessary--no one recognised him.)
Greene came away unimpressed. The former Democratic candidate for a Florida Senate seat thought the crowd was mostly tourists, found the protesters uninformed, and called the whole thing 'much ado about nothing' (Forbes).
The conservative blogger and daughter of the man who lost the presidency to Barack Obama made a trip to Zuccotti to research a piece. Cheers to her for doing her own groundwork rather than trusting the media echo chamber.
Gothamist pointed out that some of her Twitter followers were unhappy that she was 'daring to speak with hippies.'
He's also four months shy of retirement--at 45! He may not be the 1%, but the NYPD is treating him well.
The spirituality guru brought his Oprah-approved peaceful vibes to the protests.
When Chopra visited us, he called the work environment 'very serious'--too much so. Come back and give us another chance, Deepak--we have a ping-pong table now!