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Ultimate Warrior

Wall Street Occupiers Are

iPad-Toting Hypocrites!

11/1/2011 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ultimate WarriorWrestling legend Ultimate Warrior just called BS on the hordes of hipsters behind Occupy Wall Street -- telling TMZ, they're a bunch of poseurs, fueling the same corporate giant they're trying to take down.

In an ultra-rare appearance in full make-up, Warrior -- real name Brian Hellwig -- tells us, "I find it a little ironic that most of these kids own iPads and iPhones and all these material things. They're a big part of the consumerism that goes on in this country."

Warrior adds, "The biggest statement you can make is not to participate in the consumerism of it all. Don't buy the stuff. Start living your own life. Practice what you preach."

We never thought we'd say this, but the man's got a point.

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Willie'sNelson    

Just cause you own an Ipod you cant be protestin corporate greed?

1056 days ago
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BigP20    

Warrior isn't smart enough to understand the economics of OWS

1056 days ago
63.

Rey    

Warrior is such a retard. Most of the people there are not "anti-consumerism", they are anti-corruption! They are mad about Wall St. manipulating stock prices, screwing over other companies by starting false rumors, taking bailouts to give themselves bonuses, the fact that only 30 yrs ago the average CEO salary was 40 times the average employee--but now it's over 530 times, they are mad that Wall St. has politicians in their pockets, and do not even hide it. They are tired of companies merging to get bigger, then laying off a bunch of people.

This isn't brain surgery, the people are for consumerism, they just do not like 400 people having 20% of all income in the US. Or even top 20% having nearly 80% of all income while everybody else fights for 20%.

This has nothing to do with liking "cool ****". What a stupid meathead.

1056 days ago
64.

fran    

the man has definetly made a point and is right on...I think most of these protesters are idiots, and want attention bad...I have to wonder how so many can take time from work to stage this stupid protest...welfare anyone

1056 days ago
65.

Cody    

The guy looks like an idiot but he actually is right. I live in NJ and go to a school with a girl that likes to go up there and show her support every weekend, but she buys her lunch everyday from a chain supermarket, shops at Walmart, and works for her dad who owns his own business.

1056 days ago
66.

lep106317    

2 things: 1. His name WAS Jim Hellwig
2. He legally changed it to "Warrior Warrior"

1056 days ago
67.

Kid_Galahad    

This article is wrong. His birth name is Jim Helwig before he legally changed it to only Warrior.

1056 days ago
68.

Chris B    

Not sure if anyone said this but, his real name is Warrior, and his given name is JIM Hellwig not Brian

1056 days ago
69.

Dave    

TMZ still goin downhill. His legal name is 'Warrior', yes dumbass changed it. Prior it was 'Jim Helwig'

1056 days ago
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Swami Vodkananda    

The 1% has been pushing the middle class down for decades. 99% of us are in fact the working class of the 1%. When the middle clas*****s retirement age they will be destitute. 99% of us are on a treadmill that will end up in poverty. Enjoy your iPhone now, later on you won't be able to afford it. The crooks in the financial industry are thieves who only care for themselves. BTW KK is the paoter child of the 1%, spoiled, selfish, and greedy. Most of us working clas/middle class folks just want to live an honest and yes, comfortable life. But the 1% want every penny they can squeeze from us.

1056 days ago
71.

Jay Markowitz    

Is everyone missing the glaring irony here?

You have a professional wrestler, these guys are perhaps the biggest poseurs of all time as everything they do is fake, calling another group out for being what he considers insincere?

The man calls himself "Ultimate Warrior" and yet in reality he is actually just a foppishly dressed pretender who actually has never been a real warrior, much less an ultimate one.

Way to make an 'Ultimate' imbecile out of yourself, you preening, tights-wearing thespian.

1056 days ago
72.

iii22iii    

WTF where is the Guy from that designed and built the IPOD? if anything the Ipod is helping american GNP levels.Almost nothing is built here due to china slaves corperations based in the uSA but unreg/by the currupt by NON-enforcement of fed/trade laws.WEAPON SELLS and our taxe dollars being spent for those and on those selling and holding stocks in war bootys corperations.Stop arms sells clean up the GOP build a GNP more like the jobs Ipod and the older america with gettoes coast-coast may be able to keep up with the other 7billion people on the earth that an`t american but at 4.5% of the world population with a armed force of less than a couple million our days are running out and with our MADD vs MADD warhead 1% arming the world with a puppet kill old puppet satelite war state for the STOCK HOLDER~SS we`ll take the hit as thier lear jets slip stream to overseas greener feilds but america was always a mom&pops give us your old your weak your broken down rejects and we will build a better GNP than you.The odds of america not falling apart with gettoe coast-coast are about 4.5 to 7billion or about one in two billion of us winning the world market places forever THINK lear jet THINK jet stream THINK like the billionares or cook with the turkeys

1056 days ago
73.

imamu amaru khan    

lol he is absolutely right, if your vote, or protest about what happens with the united states inc. then your consenting to everything that they do, you consent to being a 14th amendment debtor, you consent to get beat by the police, etc. the only way to take back your life, and your freedom which they turned into all privileges is to renounce that voters registration, and expatriate out of their system, their system is a corporation not a state or country. warrior is right as rain

1056 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

He's so right! Take away the iphones, ipads, etc and theses folks will be offing themselves. Then the big corporate machine are the ones who clean of the mess. No one actually thought this protest out. You can't kill a machine that you created. Also, if the economy never tanked, no one would give a damn.

1056 days ago
75.

Lonnie    

The promise of Occupy

The Occupy movement is building a new U.S. left--and the fightback we need.

October 19, 2011

OCCUPY. IT'S the movement of a new generation--but it's also the voice for working people of all ages furious at the relentless decline in their living standards and mounting economic inequality.

And as it gathers momentum, the movement is showing that we have the power to resist the endless attacks on us--and win.

After the massive October 15 protest in midtown Manhattan--which drew as many as 100,000 people as part of an international day of action that involved an estimated 1 million--it's obvious, if it wasn't already, that the Occupy movement had deepened its social roots and broadened its base beyond the struggle that began four weeks before.

Even the New York Times--normally dismissive of social movements, when it doesn't ignore them entirely--had to acknowledge what was taking place [2]. "While the protesters seem united in feeling that the system is stacked against them, with the rules written to benefit the rich and the connected, they are also just as often angry about issues closer to home," theTimes wrote.

Certainly the grievances of working people in the U.S. have been building--not just since the economic crash of 2008, but for decades. National Public Radio, which ignored Occupy Wall Street for most of its first two weeks, felt compelled to recognize the relevance of protesters' demands in a story which pointed out that wages in the U.S. have been stagnant for 38 years [3].

This is why the Occupy movement caught fire. A group of some 500 people established the initial encampment in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, determined to cast a spotlight on the greed and corruption of the "1 percent." Then there was the brutality of the NYPD--pepper spray in the faces of peaceful demonstrators caught on videotape, and a mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge.

But the spark caught because there was dry tinder in so many places. Add the turbulence in the world's financial markets in August and news of slowing economic growth--plus a stretch of good weather on the East Coast--and the conditions were prime for the Occupy protests to expand.

The movement didn't come from nowhere, of course. It was inspired in part by the Egyptian revolution, with its mass mobilizations in Tahrir Square, and the "indignados" movement of Spain and Greece, where masses of youth camped out in public squares. In the U.S., there was the labor-led occupation of the state Capitol in Wisconsin last winter against a Republican governor's union-busting and savage cuts to social spending.

Occupy Wall Street soon showed that it could call forth the same kind of solidarity seen in Wisconsin. A big October 5 labor solidarity march, with some of New York City's biggest unions involved, showed that Occupy Wall Street wasn't the actions of a fringe group, of as the corporate media had portrayed it, but a working class movement, animated by youth but drawing upon the sympathy and support of millions.

Occupy groups that had been weeks in the planning took off with a bang in Boston, Los Angeles and other cities; others sprung up virtually overnight. A new social movement has been born.

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THE ENEMIES of the Occupy movement--and even some of its self-proclaimed friends--sneer at activists for their supposed lack of demands.

That misses the point. As in Wisconsin, the very act of occupying a public space and asserting the freedom to speak out was a powerful magnet for those who had felt isolated and powerless as they suffered the impact of the recession and its aftermath.

Suddenly, those who joined the occupations could shrug off the idea that it was their own poor choices or bad luck that left them jobless or underwater on their mortgage or without health insurance--or all of the above. As Occupy made clear, those centrally responsible for these social ills are the superrich--the 1 percent, as well as the politicians and bureaucrats who do their bidding.

The occupations have become centers of political education, with teach-ins routinely covering topics that range from Karl Marx and Frederick Engels' Communist Manifesto to the composition of the local ruling class in different cities to the role of LGBT equality in the struggle. People new to activism and veterans alike have flocked to discussions that bring to life the hidden history of class struggle and radical politics that have always been central to every advance by workers in the U.S.

The occupations are anything but talk shops, however. Activists with Occupy Wall Street, for example, have organized solidarity with labor struggles, including the fight of locked-out workers at Sotheby's auction house [4]. Other activists protested the auction of a foreclosed home. And around the U.S., the Occupy movement contributed to bigger numbers and a higher energy level at demonstrations marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

By providing a center of debate, strategy and organizing, the occupations have been able to serve as a bridge into activism for people who have never been politically involved before, or even considered themselves political.

Those who are attracted to the Occupy movement's broad message of opposition to corporate greed and big business' dominance of politics can meet and work alongside people with similar interests. The numerous debates--from how to deal with police to whether capitalism could ever be a just economic system--are forging networks of young activists who will be central to the many struggles ahead.

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IN SHORT, Occupy is helping to build a new left on a scale unseen in the U.S. in the last 40 years--one that's rooted in the working class. Zack Pattin, a 25-year-old longshore worker from Tacoma, Wash., who has been sleeping out at Occupy Seattle, summed up this dynamic [5]:

This is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen...[T]his is exactly the kind of thing we need to revitalize the working-class movement. It's an open movement, it has broad appeal, and it is passing radical politics to different sections of the 99 percent. It's absolutely crucial that the working class, working poor and unemployed get involved and speak out to shape this movement. I only see it snowballing from here.

There are plenty of challenges ahead. One of the most central questions right now, for example, is how to confront efforts by police to break up encampments. Then there are the double-crossing Democratic politicians--from Barack Obama on down--who make sympathetic noises about the Occupy movement, even while pocketing Wall Street campaign contributions.

In general, Occupy activists in every city will have to come to grips with questions about how to sustain the movement and deepen its local roots in working-class struggles, from organizing unions to stopping foreclosures to protesting racist police brutality.

But whatever happens from this point, Occupy has already changed the reference points of U.S. politics. No longer can the hateful, corporate-funded Tea Party claim to speak for the disgruntled majority. Working people are finding their own political voice--and they'll no longer keep silent.

That's why it's so important that everyone who supports the Occupy movement get actively involved--and build the fightback.

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