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Writer, comic and TV personality Adam Carolla is a funny guy, but he doesn't think the Occupy protests are any laughing matter. A nine-and-a-half minute long recording of Carolla lambasting the protesters has gone viral on the web, though the comedian seems to take fault with the wrong parts of their arguments and goals.
He considers the protests to be a result of the Millennial generation's sense of entitlement and "everybody gets a medal" mentality -- i.e., if you work hard for something, you deserve a payoff for it. He goes so far as to classify the activism as a bunch of whining, "self-entitled monsters" and "a** douches," and write their beliefs off as envy for the rich. Watch below!
Needless to say, Carolla seems to categorize himself as the 1 percent that the Occupy campaigners are protesting. He claims that the wealthy top 1 percent of Americans are "already paying way more than their fair share" of taxes of California, where he lives and produces a popular podcast.
Unfortunately, Carolla seems to be missing the point of what the Occupy protests are about. They largely call for the separation of corporations from politics, where political beliefs seem to go to the highest bidder. The activists are also asking for more and better jobs, bank reform and a more equal distribution of income between the classes, but the main issue of the campaign has been the reduction of the influence of corporations on politic affairs.
But the former Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer and The Man Show host seems to take the Occupy protests as a personal attack on himself. He claims that the Millennial generation are feeling "shamed by life because they haven't prepared for life."
"You're just looked at as peon No. 27 who's putting in an application and, guess what, I don't like your attitude. ... Get your f***ing feet off my desk and hit the bricks. I'm not hiring you," Carolla says on the recording. "And now, your plan is to come back and throw a brick at my window. That's your plan. That is what's going on. It's this envy and shame, and there's going to be a lot more of it."
His final message to the Occupy campaigners? "Get the f*** to work."