*OWS & My Shame Toward My Once-Great Generation*
*Frustration yesterday watching CNN’s coverage of Occupy Wall Street, scoffing at the chaotic and pointless mess of it all, when Michael-“I’m-Still-Relevant”-Moore appeared with a megaphone: ‘I look around today and I see the future of America!’
Ugh. My disgust is palpable.
Let me be clear: I am not a Republican. Nor am I a Democrat.
Also, like many of the OWS protesters, I am a college graduate who has been unemployed for months after being laid off from my teaching job. I am having a difficult time making ends meet, and every day I feel like this economy finds a new way to accost my livelihood.
Am I angry at these circumstances? Hell yes.
Am I “Occupying Wall Street”? Hell no!
And I never will.
First of all, I’ve already been to Bonnaroo (and based on the photos, it looks really similar). Secondly, I live in America--proudly. So I understand that freedom is never a flat open road, but a myriad of phases both good and bad, both lucrative and troublesome.
But the biggest reason I disapprove of OWS is because… well, it’s stupid.
Some may find this opinion incorrect; maybe even offensive. All I can say is that Occupy Wall Street is more confused and disorganized than Chaz Bono’s sexual identity. The protesters themselves haven’t particularly on what they want, and the “demands” which they have put out are mostly flimsy and impractical.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OCCUPIERS – c/o MICHAEL MOORE
To the vast majority of OWS protesters (and, in particular, Mr. Michael Moore):
(I feel I should address Mr. Moore in particular immediately not just because he’s the closest thing that this whole asinine OWS thing has to a face, but also out of concern that any minute now he’d choke on one of the innumerable Nathan’s he shoves down his gullet while screaming about the plight of the ‘lower class’.)
Okay, Mr. Moore: we get it. You’re pissed off… and obese. You’re obese as shit, actually… and not in a funny way, either. No, you’re obese like Gilbert Grape’s mother. More tragic than amusing. Actually I’d say the biggest difference between you two is that she actually possessed integrity—something you lack in spades.
Mr. Moore: I truly and utterly, with every facet of my soul and corpuscle of my blood, implore you to please take off the baseball cap of whatever city you’re in, put down the megaphone, and please—please—just shut the fuck up.
Listening to you speak—especially at the OWS gatherings you’ve flown to first-class to around the nation—is like watching 2 Girls, 1 Cup at maximum volume. It’s shamefully whorish and personally, makes me not want to bring children into a world where such things exist.
So often I hear you expound on the various evils of capitalism—and, let’s not bullshit each other here—you very often use the term “capitalism”. So much so that you’ve come to generalize it as the source for many of society’s ills. Meanwhile you boast of living in a million-dollar apartment along with a multi-million beachside estate in Michigan
Mister Moore, the fact that you even consider yourself a spokesman for the “common man” is utterly appalling. Nauseating, even. In fact, Yeah, I went there. Sorry but I had to. See, you think the two are mutually exclusive, so now I have to bukkake you with some serious knowledge: 1) YOU ARE A LYING, HYPOCRITICAL CUNT OF ZERO MORAL FIBER
and while I You’ve made one or two decent movies in the past so unfortunately you’re famous enough to have access to a microphone. You’re sick and tired of the Establishment “treading” all over the 99% that are forced to suckle at its teat.
Jesus, you might even be forced to write another diuretic smattering of trite liberal diatribes with a clever title. Oh, I think you call that you call it a “book”.
You're absolutely right...
What will OWS come to represent in the history books to come?
The answer: Not a goddamn thing. Ever.
OWS is NOT a "revolutionary movement". And I suggest that all those poor souls who’ve deemed it so to put down their iPads and either look up the word “irony” in the dictionary, or maybe take some time to read some literature about what exactly it is they think they’re “protesting”. I can only ask that the “occupiers” take the time to pull themselves out of each other’s asses. Our bored and privileged generation is so far removed from any true plight that we invent ways to get pissed off at the “establishment”. I am doubtless that had the Occupy Wall St. movement occurred six years ago, the streets would be flooded with effigies of George W. Bush.
--and what do bored Americans who've never seen real global suffering love to do? That's right: bitch and moan and protest. Let's face it: OWS has achieved NOTHING of true significance. Nothing. Capitalism is still capitalism and will always be capitalism. If you want a target for your angst than you better focus on John Locke. Since when does “the little guy getting screwed" People seem so intent on calling OWS a "movement"; and while this is true in the sense that it requires movement to bang along in a drum circle, or march around in loops whilst holding signs emblazoned with cheesy, hackneyed liberalisms.
OWS is a failure because it is leaderless, voiceless, contradictory and entirely antithetical to the very reason the occupation began in the first place.
Even worse, At this point it's become little more than a trend: a "cool event" where you can tell your friends "yeah, I was there". Don't believe me? Take a look at the T-SHIRTS being printed advertising OWS gatherings in various cities.
Disgusting. Sure, our generation has a voice... Unfortunately it's not saying a goddamn thing worth listening to.
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