Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Occupy Wall Street's Off-Key Response to State of the Union Tonight

Tonight, Occupy Wall Street will be offering a response to the State of the Union address, following any Republican/Tea Party response. (They'll be doing it live from D.C.) Occupy's publicist has embargoed the response speech until after the State of the Union, but it's not really worth printing anyway. (Also: yup, publicist, and yes, embargoed press releases. Hoo boy.) The language of the speech is bombastic yet vague, unspecific and sort of… narcissistic? Lots of rambling about how politics is bought and paid for, yadda yadda. (I mean, yes, that's true! But it's just atmospherics; why not name some names then?) About half of its claims are reminiscent of the Tea Party. (To be fair, Occupy and the Tea Party share about a 50% base common interest! Which is good and fascinating!) What's worse about the planned speech is: it's vaguely poetic without at all being poetry.

It'd be nice to have a real response to the State of the Union—not one written and distributed in advance. Oh well. The only good news: it promises longevity of the Occupy movement. That we can get behind. And to be fair(er): the presentation, Occupy-style, should make great theater! They might pull it off. Anyway I'm sure all the networks will broadcast it in its entirety. Riiiight?

12 Comments / Post A Comment

TheRtHonPM (#10,481)

To be fair, the prepositions subcommittee spent the last three weeks debating whether the response would take place IN Washington, DC, or AT Washington, DC.

HiredGoons (#603)

"The language of the speech is bombastic yet vague" SHOCKED I AM SHOCKED.

Rod T (#33)

I would give a response speech to the SotU, but my camera is acting up and I cannot afford a new one at this time.

Choire, I think you have your lede for tomorrow. I would much rather have a thoughtful point by point response to the actually speech than something canned that comes straight afterwards.

deepomega (#1,720)

Yeah, well, I'll be making a response to OWS's response to the SOTU right afterwards. I'll be coming to you live from my tumblr. My PR manager should be getting you a copy of the speech soon, as soon as she has woken up from her nap in a shoebox and played with her catnip mouse.

BadUncle (#153)

I'll be responding from my tumbler of bourbon. OW has nothing on me when it comes to bombastic and vague. I'll be leaning into orotund and tenebrous.

oldtaku (#9,009)

It they had coherent, specific and focused talking points it wouldn't be OWS. Yes, the corporate/government rape machine is not a good thing. Now what?

HiredGoons (#603)

@oldtaku: drum circles.

On the plus side, I'm hopeful that it contains less mindless standing ovations for every third sentence.

iplaudius (#1,066)

As long as *someone* can explain to my why oh why Ryan Gosling was snubbed, I guess I'll be able to die another day.

Elly Faden@twitter (#174,938)

mic check!

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