From Clash Music’s website….
Rufus Wainwright is amongst the latest performers to pay a visit to Occupy Wall Street.
The United States is built on the free market. Capitalism is enshrined as doctrine, with the two-party system helping to maintain the status quo. Yet on Wall Street – the heart of the market system – an unusual protest is unfolding.
Sparking copycat movements around the world, Occupy Wall Street is a motley crew of left-wing protesters, the unemployed and church figures who are dismayed at the path American society is taking.
Largely ignored by mainstream American media, Occupy Wall Street has gone viral in an effort to reach a global audience. However the larger the protest’s profile becomes, the more frequent celebrity visitors become.
So far, Occupy Wall Street has been visited by Kanye West, Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Alec Baldwin, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and countless others.
Venturing down to Wall Street, Rufus Wainwright lent his support to the protests in typically acerbic style. Scaling a platform, the singer was joined by Sean Lennon to perform a version of ‘Material Girl’.
Using lyric sheets to perform the Madonna classic, Rufus Wainwright is the latest artist to perform at Occupy Wall Street. Veteran songwriter Pete Seeger has already sang at the event, although Wainwright was considerably less earnest than the respect protest figure.