CHICAGO, October 19, 2011- In the world of entertainment, where corporate greed and evil obscene profits prevail over cultural and artistic integrity, it had to eventually happen. Occupy Wall Street is being invited in.
MTV’s Real World 27 has issued a casting call for Occupy Wall Street protesters. They placed an ad in Craigslist, New York. They probably want to capitalize of the popularity of OWS with their core demographic- the 18-25 year old group.
It didn’t take too long for someone to create Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street. They produced a video of interviews which went viral on the internet. For the angry “ists” and the prurient, there were no flesh shots. It is actually pretty sincere.
It just had to happen. Free markets, flesh, pretty faces, hot bods, capitalism, and profits trump good taste, political correctness, and isms of all kinds. It’s always all about the money.
Counter-culture capitalism equals big bucks. The 1960s protests and counter-culture yielded billions. The whole denim fashion industry came about out of the counter-culture, along with music, plays, books, newspapers, and the ubiquitous posters everyone had all over their walls. If OWS goes much longer there will be a new counter-culture evolving to profit from.
How soon before Playboy publishes its Girls of Occupy Wall Street issue, with the ubiquitous calendar and an OWS centerfold? Maybe Joe Francis will roll his bus into Zuccotti Park to film an edition of Occupy Wall Street Girls Gone Wild. Nothing like barely naked drummers and protesting party girls to sell those videos.
Sports Illustrated can produce an Occupy Wall Street Swimsuit edition. Pretty protesters in scanty bikinis draped across the Wall Street bull sculpture or posing in front of one of the big investment bank signs playing hacky sack.
Victoria’s Secret can have a special section in their catalog with OWS girls modeling garments. They can even design articles unique to OWS like themed protest peignoirs.
Lest you think this is being written by a dirty old man lusting after fleshy photos of nubile young women, there is also the charity aspect. Some of the protesters are of, ahem, a certain age. They could produce a naked calendar to raise money for their cause ala the Rysdale Girls. The middle aged to senior proper Yorkshire women who posed nearly naked to raise money for Leukemia in 1999 and subsequent years.
Hunks could also pose to produce calendars to raise money for the cause. Hey, firemen and cops do it, so why not protesters? There’s an idea, cops, protesters, and firemen hunks. Some pretty creative photos could come out of that.
Since tattoos are so popular Inked Magazine could run a special OWS edition of their Inked Girls.
Piercing is very popular, and Prick Magazine might gladly showcase the piercings of OWS.
Let’s not forget cooking. Food is hot. Look at all the cooking shows or cooking segments on T.V. The chef who is cooking and catering all the locavore and organic foods for OWS could write a cookbook. Maybe some of the others, who have been winging it, could write a compilation cook book of various street recipes. All the money can go to their cause.
You do realize the porn industry will probably get involved. Protest porn could be the next hot thing. What better way to get the prurient juices of wannabe activists going. Wanda does Wall Street, Behind the Board Room Door, or, Deep Pockets.
Speaking of which, it is surprising the entrepreneurial Hustler, Larry Flint, hasn’t led the charge. This is right up his Skin Pan Alley. He is a supporter of progressive social causes. He could do the whole magilla. Magazines, film, and internet.
Of course the fashion industry must get in on the act. Protest chic will be the new profit center on the runways next season. The protester wears Prada.
OWS is producing its own counter-culture, so naturally, Broadway productions are in order. OWS, the Musical or 99%, the play. Maybe Banksters and Pranksters. Look what the counter-culture did for Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Godspell.
OWS could be the best thing to happen since the 1960s. A counter-culture economy unto itself which eventually goes mainstream.
If OWS does anything, it will create whole new sectors in publishing, video, entertainment, and photography. Businesses and jobs will be created.
By the way, if anyone is thinking of doing a reprisal of All in the Family- another iconic product of the counter-culture- I would be the perfect Archie Bunker. Just sayin.
Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant. He is a passionate cook and eater. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, annoys, and provokes. His opinions are his and his alone.
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