Russell Simmons on 'Hannity'
Hip-hop mogul and activist talks 'Occupy' movement, 2012
- Duration 7:10
- Date Nov 29, 2011
Hip-hop mogul and activist talks 'Occupy' movement, 2012
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Prices started the Occupy Wall Street movement has drawn praise from many liberal Hollywood celebrities Russell Simmons is one of them why -- -- he's made a few appearances at several occupy rallies all across the country.
And -- -- -- explain why he is thrown his support behind the movement the man himself -- book super rich is now out in paperback.
And we welcome back to the program the chairman of what is -- rush communications founder of global grind dot com Russell Simmons if I don't -- I didn't see you again.
Super rich you know I'm bigger because you better what does -- cutting part about fifty times and maybe 3040 OK and you meditate in the morning said with.
But the people go with someone of people that'd meditate in the mornings I do sometimes are this -- -- have -- -- problem of that.
Do you ever fear feel bad.
You're wealthy wealthy wealthy wealthy -- you know have to work another day in the life now you ever feel bad.
About being rich guilty about being a.
-- -- no I worked hard to get where I am absolutely not I'm not I feel good about giving them all I get I'm gonna give and I give it all the time I won five charities battlefield bad about.
-- and I don't feel bad about -- system that allows me to -- either.
You uncomfortable at all with what has gone on down there sex and plot public.
Many many -- chronicled all this anti Semitic statements made by people down there.
We've had many instances -- nudity drug use.
Then it got violent and in many locations -- any problem associating yourself with a movement that also has a strong element that is quite negative.
Well you know obvious to -- to -- thoughts about this one.
We American passion the movement is coming and taking care of all homeless and abatements and fact is it that people off from -- -- -- his free food and I don't block they -- him off from -- -- on this free food and clothes and ten staff and many people join the movement some people who joined the movement.
Where -- behind it and found purpose some of the homeless and some of -- -- -- and somebody.
But it it's very nice it is so compassion I think now that they may have -- -- -- count.
And the same thing and across the country now -- and people who -- a nucleus of the movement -- not responsible.
But admitted getting themselves are not responsible I didn't -- -- so many homeless but.
Those homeless people now back out about Bobby had a set up a special tend to protect women.
Could sexual assault was rampant and that's how bad it got there and I didn't you -- -- yeah I mean you're -- powerful famous guy.
And you're lending your named president lent his name to the movement Nancy Pelosi.
-- I don't know the president -- is mainly Zenyatta isn't a frustration and I certainly we should all.
Let me finish I think that what occupied Wall Street has that -- in common with you myself any Republican a Democrat any Tea Party member.
All of us beliefs not -- ten Americans believe.
That there good corporations and special interest have too much control -- -- And what and what -- -- Wall Street for their concern that Wall Street has control of their future.
And when you -- when you elected official Republican Democrat -- -- -- you want that official to work for you.
But didn't build the truth is told officials worked for special interest -- cooperation that we -- and that is the claw problem we talk about the inequalities.
That's if you talk about the prison industrial complex or health care what -- job on the scene about that's because corporations.
I'm just not as -- not only that but that's because corporations.
Are having the politicians work for them instead of people who elected them.
So this is that's a good that can come from what about the cronyism in government here's the good here's the president has big -- dollars given hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars wrong.
-- so -- because London now know what they're not all -- so this is President Obama.
Yes he is saying President Obama at the -- about a let's get access have been they get kickbacks -- called kickback -- -- total of all the months of legal bribery.
Big amounts to legal bribery.
And I think that President Obama I -- the legal bribery all of all politicians -- -- what I would like to see happen.
Is it not promoted a constitutional amendment and it and Linda.
That did the longest running congressman wrote this amendment and I what we have strong bipartisan support I wanna bring it to kind of already introduced to introduce -- occupied Boston.
This idea that the legal bribery all of it all the money leaves Washington.
This is that it sounds like a revolutionary idea but all of America would go -- -- easy sound bite we want the money out of Washington and a bribery to stop.
And and it's an easy thing to do would be constant amendment which I promoted is only -- -- -- understand move and it would change his country for the better.
I'll look -- I'm very I'm actually very glad you said it causes so transparent and lot of people little liberal like the president supported Phil -- do I have some unfinished business.
-- -- We have no we have some and we got we edit some clearing my -- tools we've got some clearing of the -- that I like and you look at -- highlight does -- I used to but you said but nearly -- a lot of things that -- are you gonna bring that up I'm bringing it up -- is what you said about me.
-- it's a pretty peaceful loving.
Poets -- job is to say things people think you're an appeal likely that this job every -- that's famous address -- steps.
-- -- sexist and Sean Hannity and I like it.
But -- sort of say what the rapids right now like Snoop -- -- -- -- -- -- Snoop dog actually -- him.
A food blog at homophobic give him an -- gonna look a lot let's get rid of him for short -- had a had a little -- this you've got a -- issues.
Daniel that well I don't gang Starr.
Many thanks for getting -- -- you respond to the Arctic sea dogs somewhere -- it in a piece really smoking a joint and you.
Would like I was a little while and I know you wouldn't mortgage and I called you and I told you -- to Baghdad word racist you did that -- -- all of you you said I'm not racist or homophobic I don't know -- -- not homophobic so please I don't get I don't know that you off well this is important.
Are out of libertarian I don't care what people do privately some of my business.
Zero I had much religious faith and I follow my faith but I don't impose my values on others.
Okay but New York did apologize -- I did I called you you did I call you -- apologize because it without I was just something about me and I and I thought about a lot of the conservative and how I felt that some of them worry me a very close minded and I thought.
Of you and -- book conducting debut as a conservative.
I am -- ready to -- Right so I did a lot of a lot of them and I shouldn't bundle them up and I shouldn't all right well good what -- -- -- -- back.
Which far thought that the race has fought any take about homophobic pot aren't done.
What listen I just want you to explain to America how are more more gangster than -- -- I don't I gotta think quick to go to war.
And I am original big quinnipiac poll do you all evil is it is a difficult thing it just because you don't agree with somebody.
I think there's always -- a chance for dialogue it's what I do for a living -- promote dialogue.
And I think that lots of time -- fine.
That that -- the race to war -- -- the waste of the race toward right Afghan I was him I would protesting both -- and even be flooded people's -- won the ground I was saying it's not a good move for an -- I -- we just disagree and I think that's against the rebels had little -- so quickly it was a pretty classy thing for you to -- to call me sad really to me and I -- I appreciated it and that -- never happened in my career people would say something that was so over the top.
And I appreciate it -- my society nice to see -- and.