NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Occupy Wall Street protests have gone global, so it should come as no surprise that it has gone viral as well.
The Internet being what it is, as soon as the movement gathered some attention, a variety of memes, jokes and viral videos surfaced. Most of the videos gathering attention involve clashes between protesters and police, but nonetheless some others have broken through.
One involves a man asking a woman to “Occupy my life,” giving her a ring and getting engaged amid the protesters.
Another video, perhaps not as warmly received, regards “Hot chicks of Occupy Wall Street.”
In addition to the video, filmmaker Steven Greenstreet created a Tumblr account with the same subject matter. A post on his Tumblr account explaining his motivation says “Our original ideas were admittedly sophomoric: Pics of hot chicks being all protesty, videos of hot chicks beating drums in slow-mo, etc. But when we arrived at Zuccotti Park in New York City, it evolved into something more.”
Greenstreet acknowledges the film and Tumblr account are controversial.
“Apparently a lot of controversy has erupted online from people passionately opining (among many things) that this is sexist, offensive, and dangerously objectifies women. It was not my intent to do that and I think the spirit of the video, and the voices within, are honorable and inspiring.”
Naturally, there’s also a “hot or not” style slideshow of shirtless guys at the protest as well.
And as with just about anything in the Internet age, from the Bronx Zoo Cobra to Double Rainbows to Charlie Sheen, there’s been an explosion of merchandise available online inspired to the Occupy Wall Street demonstration: Coffee cups, thongs, hoodies, aprons, teddy bears, t-shirts for dogs – you name it.
And, as you might expect, where there is a message supporting a cause, you can find a message opposing it. The same is true with the online merchandise, with some coffee cups emblazoned with slogans opposing the demonstration.
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