It appears that the Occupy Wall Street protest has received another celebrity support as Kanye West and Russell Simmons stopped by. Although both men kept their appearance rather low-key, they caused a brief frenzy in the crowd of protesters before Simmons went to appear on Al Sharpton’s radio show and West took off.
On Sharpton’s show, which was being broadcast from the sunny park, Simmons said that as a member of the wealthy part of society, he is willing to pay more taxes.
“I’m happy to pay a little more taxes if it means better education for our children,” he said. “I don’t pay enough taxes and I know it.”
Before his on-air appearance, Simmons tweeted about Kanye:
“I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd.”
When asked through a responding tweet about his motivation behind the trip, he explained:
“Its inspiring to others to see him there. Maybe he and other concerned artist will organize big rally?” Or maybe they’ll just turn around and leave without doing anything at all.”
Last week, Talib Kweli gave an impromptu speech and inspiring performance, so did Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum. What are your thoughts on the relationship between artists and the Occupy Wall Street protest?