We Occupy Because of... Kim Kardashian

It's time for celebrities to support the 99%: Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2011 12:48 PM CDT
Protestors affiliated with the "Occupy Wall Street" protests wave signs and banners in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

(Newser) – The Occupy Wall Street protesters have, obviously, been focusing on Wall Street bankers. In the Huffington Post, Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg turns her attention to a slightly more surprising target: Kim Kardashian. In an open letter to the reality TV star, Weill-Greenberg notes that thousands of people are protesting :because... well, there's no delicate way to say this, but... because of you, Kim." Specifically, Kardashian's $75,000 earrings. Kardashian, Weill-Greenberg explains, earned $65 million in 2010 while millions of other Americans struggled to find work, a living wage, and benefits.

“I'm sure you and your sisters are working hard. But others are working hard, too,” Weill-Greenberg writes. “There are too many stories of the just-getting-by in our very rich country (well, very rich for very few).” While the 99% hopes that they’ll one day make it into the 1%, they are told to cut back and accept lower wages and a government that does not guarantee education or health care. “They tell us the money isn't there. But it is, Kim, it is. You're wearing it on your ears,” Weill-Greenberg writes. It’s time for Kardashian to "help us create a more egalitarian, more just society by supporting efforts to increase the taxes paid by the wealthiest." Click for the full letter.

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