So … is Occupy officially a joke now?

posted at 8:16 pm on May 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, around here they’ve always been a joke, but yesterday’s May Day performances probably cinched that reputation.  Earlier today, I taped a segment for the Tom Sullivan Show on Fox Business that will air on Saturday, and the consensus opinion was that the movement ran out of steam — or, rather, that the movement boiled back down to the professional anarchist and whiner classes that have been conducting these kinds of protests for at least the last 13 years, ever since the WTO riots in Seattle, Washington.

These days, they’re not even tryingBreitbart captured this video of May Day protesters that, er, didn’t know what they were protesting.  Most of them didn’t even speak the same language as the signs they held:

They’re outsourcing protests over a lack of jobs?  How ironic.

But what do I know? I’m not hip to all you young cats.  What does a more culturally simpatico publication think — like, say, The Village Voice?  They pretty much think it’s a joke, too:

We witnessed several of Tuesday’s May Day festivities. While not everyone involved in the demonstrations were “bums” (which we pointed out in a post yesterday), the media’s take doesn’t seem to be too far off — it’s hard to take many of these people seriously when they’re are biting cops, dumping buckets of feces in public places, and strolling around New York in Halloween costumes.

As Susan Ostrowski, a 55-year-old woman who works at a Wall Street insurance company, suggests, it seems some of the occupiers would be better served by “find[ing] jobs and protest[ing] on their time off. They should get involved politically, register to vote rather than sitting and sleeping on the steps in sleeping bags.”

As we mentioned yesterday, not all of the occupiers are unemployed hobos. Unfortunately, the non-unemployed hobos involved with Occupy Wall Street get lumped in with the “bums” because the “bums” and their antics get the most ink in the press.

That’s because they’re the only novelty left in the “movement.”  Besides, what else do you call people who won’t get a job, sleep in the streets, panhandle and complain?  “Bums” sounds about right to me.


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Won’t stop the MSM from talking about them though.

LeftCoastRight on May 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Everyone I know has always considered them a joke, and they have seemed to actively encourage that perception. Unfortunately, they are a dangerous joke since people have been injured, property destroyed, and businesses adversely affected by their play for attention and getting what they want for free.

lukjuj on May 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

As I remember, people thought the Weather Underground was a joke.
Until they didn’t.

fjb3795 on May 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

If you know what your sign means, you might be a Tea Partier.

RBMN on May 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

So … is Occupy officially a joke now? fulling their role as Useful Idiots, and doing a very good job at it.

Useful Idiots do not become the leader of the new world they became the first killed and used as a scapegoat to crush when the real leaders gain power by removing the them and solving the problem of the violence they create.

tjexcite on May 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

So ya’ll ready for drinko de mayo ?

burrata on May 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Besides, what else do you call people who won’t get a job, sleep in the streets, panhandle and complain?

Obama voters ?

burrata on May 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

They may not know what the signs mean but they all seem to have similar hand writing.

AndrewsDad on May 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Besides, what else do you call people who won’t get a job, sleep in the streets, panhandle and complain?

Obama voters ?

burrata on May 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Thread winner!

Steve Eggleston on May 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Occupy Theme Song

Key West Reader on May 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

…don’t tell the Democratic Senators and Congressional people that!

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I still dont get the idea behind this “movement” (that didnt move too often).

Step 1: Go camping in Zuccotti Park, NYC and other cities

Step 2: ???

Step 3: no profit/revolution

Seriously, whats the plan? Can somebody explain this to me?

Valkyriepundit on May 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM

ed@night

IR-MN on May 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The panicked look on the face of the “translator” girl is priceless as she realizes that he’s asking a question she doesn’t want answered.

pookysgirl on May 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Seriously, whats the plan? Can somebody explain this to me?

Valkyriepundit on May 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Just another Obama Fail. That is all.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ask the rape victims, anyone who might’ve driven on that bridge in Cleveland or the poor boob who got hit in the face with a brick by one of his own Komrades.

Rixon on May 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Nothing funny about throwing bricks off rooftops even when they bean a fellow occupier.

Blake on May 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Geez, Ed, are you trying to kill us? :) Watched part of the video and couldn’t take any more. These people can vote, I tap out.

arnold ziffel on May 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

God bless them . . . every one

– Nancy Pelosi

TarheelBen on May 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Just another Obama Fail. That is all.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Well I understand that we like to hang these silly people arround Obummers neck, because he endorsed them. But they dont seem to like him at all or have any intention to vote for him or other Dems. If this really is some Democratic stunt, shouldnt they have engaged the Democratic Party at some point?

Valkyriepundit on May 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

They may not know what the signs mean but they all seem to have similar hand writing.

AndrewsDad on May 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

You caught that too:)

That is what you call Astroturf.

MontanaMmmm on May 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM

…OWS should have been labeled POS… even by the press.

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Pawns.

Bruce MacMahon on May 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

IF THE LEFT HAS THEIR WAY, THEN ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT THEIR SIGNS MEAN WILL BE VOTING OBAMA-BIDEN 2012.

reliapundit on May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Pelosi: “God bless them …”

TXUS on May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The ultimate argument against Amnesty?

MeatHeadinCA on May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

OWS = OBTUSE WHINEY SLACKERS!!

Liberty or Death on May 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

No Habla…

Holy Jesus…..

BigWyo on May 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

At age 60, unemployed, unable to communicate in the language of the nation and the world, Julia had nothing better to do than hang a sign she couldn’t even read.

MeatHeadinCA on May 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

“A joke now?” It has always been a freakin joke. Just plain funny most of the time. Ugly all the time. Officially.

Bmore on May 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I was against Occupy until these protesters explained their positions. Now, I suddenly feel the urge to vote for Obama. Heck, I may even be gay. This may have changed everything for me. The way that they said that they don’t know what the f they are protesting for has convinced me that everything that I once believed was silly. What an epiphany!

eif727 on May 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

What does it mean?
Mi no se.

Why are you holding it?
Cus son won gey mi dis noody-boody bar y es sabrosiiiito.

esnap on May 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Some of them are carrying signs saying “Drivers Licenses 4 All” and can’t read the signs. Like we need more drivers on the road who have no clue what they are doing.

Frank Drebin on May 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I wish the Oakland PD would just tear gas these hippies again and be done with it. Give them a shower while they’re at it.

1984 in real life on May 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

OWS = OBTUSE WHINEY SLACKERS!!

Liberty or Death on May 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Over privileged White Suburbanites. Wish I could afford some Ray Bans and an Ipad while I protested all day.

1984 in real life on May 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Won’t stop the MSM from talking about them though.

LeftCoastRight on May 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

.
Agreed.

Sooo . . . maybe we should alter the headline to read:

So … are Occupy and MSM officially a joke now?
.
Yes.

listens2glenn on May 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Am I the only one that noticed the videographer’s voice sounds a LOT like Andrew Brietbart? Little creepy. Had to check the date.

axshon on May 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Amazing stuff.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The ultimate argument against Amnesty?

MeatHeadinCA on May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

You got that right, Ese!

Laura in Maryland on May 3, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Whoa did anyone just see Hannity debate that tool from OWS? Hannity almost blew it at first and looked bad IMO, but he recovered nicely at the end and totally exposed him for being a drain on society. Alot of words had to be censored out lol

1984 in real life on May 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

They may not know what the signs mean but they all seem to have similar hand writing.

AndrewsDad on May 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Someone too lazy to write out the word “for.”

Fallon on May 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Some of them are carrying signs saying “Drivers Licenses 4 All” and can’t read the signs. Like we need more drivers on the road who have no clue what they are doing.

Frank Drebin on May 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

You must not live near a large city. All the DMV signs on the walls are in Spanish (barely any in English) and the driver’s test is given in Spanish, as well.

Fallon on May 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Did anybody bother to check to see if these people were in the USA ILLEGALLY?
Oh, cr*p, I used the “i” word.

OccamsRazor on May 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM

You gotta hand it to them… they’re getting better at covering the astroturf. It used to be that they would ship in a bunch of people in and hand out a trailer full of identical, mass-printed protest signs (the numero uno giveaway that a protest is astroturf). Now they have handmade signs. Problem is this time that all the signs have the same handwriting.

Glenn Jericho on May 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

And, the signs have CCWR (Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights) at the bottom.

Fallon on May 3, 2012 at 9:56 PM

It doesn’t matter if we think it’s a joke or not. The media will continue to cover their actions and/or inactions. To keep the smokescreen in place that diverts inquisitive minds and eyes away from the corrupt maze of how Obama’s screwing this county seven different ways to Sunday!

Jack Deth on May 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

The Coyote is all like, ” Hey man we brought ‘em here to pick onions not, comprehend social issues.”

esnap on May 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Whoa did anyone just see Hannity debate that tool from OWS? Hannity almost blew it at first and looked bad IMO, but he recovered nicely at the end and totally exposed him for being a drain on society. Alot of words had to be censored out lol

1984 in real life on May 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yes, I saw that. Hannity is an idiot. He should have just shutup and let the loser talk. That would have exposed more idiocy come from that loser. When the loser was finally allowed to talk we found out he was living on student loans and had no idea how the loan was going to be paid back. Then the loser said that there should be free houses, education, medical care, dental care, etc. And again had no idea who was going to pay for all of the “free” stuff.

Mirimichi on May 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Over privileged White Suburbanites. Wish I could afford some Ray Bans and an Ipad while I protested all day.

1984 in real life on May 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Exactly…yet they don’t see the irony of protesting against all the “evil corporations” yet they have all the trappings of a consumer economy…to paraphrase Dean Wormer…”a moronic hypocrite is no way to go through life son…”

Liberty or Death on May 3, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Doing the protesting that Americans just won’t do.

AZfederalist on May 4, 2012 at 12:23 AM

The ultimate argument against Amnesty?

MeatHeadinCA on May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

At age 60, unemployed, unable to communicate in the language of the nation and the world, Julia had nothing better to do than hang a sign she couldn’t even read.

MeatHeadinCA on May 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

On a roll –

AesopFan on May 4, 2012 at 12:26 AM

In a small, backwoods town this week, I drove by the church several times. An old man was sitting out front, slowly waving a sign that said, “OCCUPY CHURCH.”

I thought about it for awhile as I drove on.

cane_loader on May 4, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I bet if you said, “Immigration!” they would understand that!

Bubba Redneck on May 4, 2012 at 12:57 AM

HILARIOUS AND PATHETIC

A clear, documented example of the LEFT using “useful ignorant tools” to try and advance a leftist agenda.

These same “useful ignorant tools” will again, in November, be rounded up, given $20 bucks, a fried chicken box lunch (with candy bar), put on a bus and driven to the polls.

It is clear that the “right” needs to hand out more candy bars, and box lunches.

BigSven on May 4, 2012 at 5:21 AM

I would have started yelling “INS! INS!” I bet they know what that means.

Crusty on May 4, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Does anyone know what this sign means? Bueller? Bueller?

blammm on May 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

One of their “leaders” was on Hannity last night, and is a blithering dolt. A complete waste of skin.

Akzed on May 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM

More fun than watching “Leno on the Street”

MSGTAS on May 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The only movement I ever saw with these buffons was the movement that jackass left on that police cruiser

logicman_1998 on May 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’d say there were at least 10 million. Why is this not bigger news? And, they left the place cleaner than they found it.

Sigh.

sdbatboy on May 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Their the folks you’ll likely meet walking down mediocrity street..

jomondo44 on May 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I wished he had asked if anyone there protesting was an American citizen and could prove it with an ID.

SGinNC on May 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

They’re. If you are going to point fingers using the word “mediocrity”, you should surpass it yourself. Zallumsain.

Freelancer on May 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM