The needle on the irony meter just broke off.
(Reuters) — Occupy Wall Street, a movement spurred by the country’s economic malaise, turned into a national protest over the weekend when mass arrests in New York focused media attention on the protestors and political action spread to other cities…
But celebrity visits have helped put the protestors on the map, as has the Twitterverse and pictures of topless protestors demanding jobs.
In New York, actresses Susan Sarandon and Roseanne Barr have come by, as have rapper Lupe Fiasco and Princeton professor and activist Cornel West.
Here’s a interview with Sarandon from the protests:
Former New York governor David Paterson paid a visit, while Yoko Ono and Alec Baldwin voiced their opinion on Twitter. (Yoko’s tweet: “I love #OccupyWallStreet As John said, “One hero cannot do it. Each one of us have to be heroes.” And you are. Thank you. love, yoko”)
On Saturday, protestors moved from their base in the financial district’s Zuccotti Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, leading to mass arrests, including that of New York Times reporter Natasha Lannard (she has since been released).
While the number of protestors’ was small, once there were prominent figures involved, the media jumped in.
Public figures like Baldwin tweeted the Twitter handle #OccupyWallStreet:
@stacyherbert: @AlecBaldwin As future Mayor of NYC, any comments on #occupywallstreet? Stiffer penalties for white collar crime!!
Here’s one of Alec’s many Capital One commercials where he advocates people get credit cards from an evil Wall Street bank. He’s reportedly paid more than $1 million for his part.