OWS Protesters Get Wet In Zuccotti, But May Soon Be Reality TV Stars

'Dark Knight' Sequel Director, MTV Prepared To Shoot Amid The Protests Soon

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a wet day for the occupiers of Wall Street who are camped out in Zuccotti Park as rain moved through the area. It turns out they weren’t alone. It seems Hollywood is lurking.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane in Zuccotti Park

Blue tarps and soggy sleeping bags packed the park Wednesday as the sometimes heavy rain poured down on the protesters.

New Yorker Paul Spitz, who said he’s been camping out in Zuccotti most nights, said he thinks the weather can unite.

“This wonderful American movement has no intention of moving, even when the rain comes down,” he said. “We look to each other, it pulls us together. A pat on the shoulder, a hug, there’s something about the collective nature of something when it just may be right that inspires us to just hang in there and start the new day.”

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But others who work in the neighborhood were hoping the wet weather will drive some of the demonstrators away.

“I can’t wait for rain or snow,” said one man.

The protesters mostly used the tarps to shield their campsites from the rain, but early in the morning, volunteers were bailing out water that had pooled in areas of the camp.

zuccotti park OWS Protesters Get Wet In Zuccotti, But May Soon Be Reality TV Stars

Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Jason Bogart from Bushwick spent the morning handing out rain gear.

“Ponchos, umbrellas, big umbrellas, warm sweaters, plastic bags,” he said. “Help them store their stuff so that the water doesn’t seep in.”

If they can weather the rain and hold on for ten more days, the protesters could be in the new Batman movie.

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According to The Los Angeles Times, Christopher Nolan has reached out to the cast of The Dark Knight Rises and told them to be ready to shoot amid the protest.

MTV is also apparently looking to Occupy Wall Street for their cast of the Real World.

In what seems to be a casting call posted on Craigslist, MTV said it is looking for people between 20- and 24 years old and asking anyone taking part in the anti-Wall Street movement who is interested to contact them.

Meanwhile, donations keep pouring in to the protesters. The movement has earned $435,000 in donations, $85,000 of which has been given to the protest in person at Zuccotti Park.

The demonstrators spend about $1,500 a day on food and recently dished out $2,000 to wash sleeping bags, sweaters and jackets.

The movement has also reportedly spent about $20,000 on laptops, cameras and other equipment used to stream video online.

As the occupation in New York City continues to grow, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said protesters are camping out in the wrong city.

During a debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night, Cain said they are misdirecting their frustrations and should instead be outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

Cain said he’s not sure what the protesters’ demands are and asked if protesters think Wall Street will just write them checks.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas also weighed in and said activists are simply protesting the 2008 Wall Street bailouts.

So what’s next on the agenda for Occupy Wall Street? A rally is planned for Saturday afternoon in Union Square to protest against police brutality.

How long do you think the OWS protest will last? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  1. Huh says:

    Where are the celebrities when it rains?…nice and dry in there Manhattan luxury apartments, right Miss Sarandon? right Mr. West?

  2. songsmithdan says:

    no way. The OWSers will have nothing to do the capitalist MTV. Right?

  3. RichRule says:

    Yesterday, Donald Trump said that he wants to see this country great again. I think that he was taking about a time in the 1950s when television was black and white (and free) and everything seemed right with the world. We had balanced budgets and a large middle class to support our tax base. In order to do that Donald, we have to revive the middle class.

    Without a large, robust middle class, our economy is dead on arrival. For over 30 years now, the increase in productivity (as translated into dollars) has gone to the upper (or investor) classes. Corporate America, which runs our economic engine, has automated and outsourced so many jobs that were created here, that we are on the brink of a cataclysmic-economic implosion. And once you’re dead, you’re dead. Nothing brings back the dead.

    Brooke Astor once said: “Money is like manure; it should be spread around.” Well, the investor class wants all the money for themselves.

    The Walton family (of Wal-Mart fame) are the nation’s richest family—and worth over $100,000,000,000 (that’s $100 Billion). Yet, they will not pay most of their employees (they call them associates) a living wage, nor provide health insurance. That’s disgraceful. This is just one example. This concentration of wealth is also “very” harmful to our economy. Money just has to be spread around for all to benefit from it. Unfortunately, not to may people get it. They think that it’s something else is wrong—it just can’t be that.

    Unfortunately, the whole world is now experiencing the effects this “Greed” by a few. Here in the U.S. 95% of our wealth is controlled by 5% of the highest wage earners. Money is like manure, it has to be spread around to feed everyone. Our wealth was more uniformly spread out during the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Consequently, it took only one wage earner to support a family of four (4).

  4. GreedRules says:

    Yesterday, Donald Trump said that he wants to see this country great again. I think that he was taking about a time in the 1950s when television was black and white (and free) and everything seemed right with the world. We had balanced budgets and a large middle class to support our tax base. In order to do that Donald, we have to revive the middle class.

    Without a large, robust middle class, our economy is dead on arrival. For over 30 years now, the increase in productivity (as translated into dollars) has gone to the upper (or investor) classes. Corporate America, which runs our economic engine, has automated and outsourced so many jobs that were created here, that we are on the brink of a cataclysmic-economic implosion. And once you’re dead, you’re dead. Nothing brings back the dead.

    Brooke Astor once said: “Money is like manure; it should be spread around.” Well, the investor class wanted all the money for themselves.

    The Walton family (of Wal-Mart fame) are the nation’s richest family—and worth over $100,000,000,000 (that’s $100 Billion). Yet, they will not pay most of their employees (they call them associates) a living wage, nor provide health insurance. That’s disgraceful. This is just one example. This concentration of wealth is also “very” harmful to our economy. Money just has to be spread around for all to benefit from it. Unfortunately, not to may people get it. They think that it’s something else is wrong—it just can’t be that.

    Unfortunately, the whole world is now experiencing the effects this “Greed” by a few. Here in the U.S. 95% of our wealth is controlled by 5% of the highest wage earners. Money is like manure, it has to be spread around to feed everyone. Our wealth was more uniformly spread out during the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Consequently, it took only one wage earner to support a family of four (4).

  5. Hank Warren says:

    Real World, Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore, all distractions. As the Mainstream Media creates illusions, the US gov’t (and their corp. friends),start more illegal wars, ban books like “America Deceived II” and bail out banks.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

  6. Spock says:

    Interesting they are asking for Big Government but then claim the Police are Brutalizing them?? What do they think really happens in a Socialist Country, if they did this in China, they would be shot!!

    I really doubt the Police are brutalizing them, it is most likley since they all are rich bratty spoiled kids they are not use to someone asking them to move, that to them is brutal.

    If they were so poor why are they in College? why do they have ipads, ipods, blackberrys, 200$ sneakers, all this camping gear, the gucci handbags!! did not Capitalism get them that, is not Apple and Bb on the stock exchange, oh best dont the movie actors that meet them Rich?? and does not Obama and the rest of the Libs get their donations from Wallstreet. Yes Obama has collected more from Wallstreet then any othe President or runner in history!!

  7. BarrysHypocrisy says:

    Why would MTV want to do a show with any of these slackers on it? A bunch of 20 somethings sitting around whining about how bad they’ve got it and trying to justify why they should get a free ride while everybody else has to work for a living. It would be funny to watch them calling mommy and daddy on their iPhones trying to con more money out of them.

    1. spock says:

      the problem is mommy and daddy they spoiled them!! each of these spoiled brats should of been put over a knee when they were younger!!

  8. . says:

    I WAS ALL FOR THIS IN THE BEGINNING,NOW ITS GOTTEN TO BE A F ING JOKE. TURN THE HOSE ON ALL THESE LOSERS

  9. Drew says:

    This is terrible journalism. Ron Paul didn’t say it was simply anti-bailouts. Do your research, this is why RP gets a bad rap because people have these false pre-conceived notions from terrible articles such as this

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