Occupy Hollywood -Some proponents of the ‘Occupy’ movement are calling on citizens to Occupy Hollywood to protest the high incomes of celebrities.
Celebrity columnists like Jo Piazza (writing for the Huffington Post) and Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams are calling the Occupy movement to Hollywood by saying that celebrities are not part of the 99%, nor are they part of the 1%. They are part of the .01% with millions of dollars per season, per episode, per movie, per appearance, etc.
Spurred on by comments like the one Johnny Depp made about the millions of dollars he makes as an actor: “If they’re going to pay me stupid money right now, I’m going to take it.” That was what Depp said in an interview in the November issue of Vanity Fair. According to Forbes, Johnny Depp made an estimated $50 million from May 2010 through May 2011.
Depp is not the highest earner compared to other celebrities. Factor in the Jolie-Pitt money machine, professional athletes, even talent-less reality show ‘stars’, and there is far more money than corporate CEO’s and Wall Street finance types make in a lifetime.
So is the ‘Occupy Movement’ targeting the wrong people? Many celebrities make no secret that they donate millions of dollars to charitable causes both in America and worldwide. Think of the millions of dollars given to charities and good causes by the Jolie-Pitts, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning, etc.
It’s hard to target people like that with accusations of greed. But the glaring disparity in income is greater than what the Occupy people seem to be attacking on Wall Street.
The problem with an Occupy Hollywood movement is that these are the monsters we have created. America is celebrity crazed and we are obsessed with all things famous. We buy the magazines that feature our favorite celebrities, we buy the products they promote, we buy tickets to their movies and concerts, watch the commercials that pay for the TV shows in which they appear, we buy their branded merchandise and buy their music.
The paparazzi stalk celebrities because the American people seem obsessed with what Snookie wore and what type of coffee Britney Spears drinks. We listen and watch with rapt attention to what celebrities tweet. It has been reported that Kim Kardashian makes about $10,000 per tweet. Even her most devout fans know she is not much more than a hollow media-whore but continue to hang on her every word and action.
So, my fellow Americans, these are indeed the monsters we have created and now we are being called upon to Occupy Hollywood and blame those we have put upon their pedestals. Some of these same celebrities are the ones that have come out in support of the Occupy Wallstreet, Occupy Main Street, and the whole menagerie of whatever these unemployed would-be Robin Hoods deign to occupy.
So any attempt to occupy anything having to do with our beloved celebrities is doomed to failure before it ever begins. If you were of a mind to join in, find something better to do with your time. Go find a job, do some charity work, do something useful instead of being just another pawn in the ‘You have some and should give some of it to me’ movement.
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