What’s the Occupy Wall Street movement really about? Is it rooted in anger over the sagging economy and high unemployment? Is it a protest against the growing disparity between rich and poor in America?
It’s backers might argue that’s part of the motivation.
Comedian Adam Carolla, on the other hand, seems to think it’s really just a bunch of whining by the “self-entitled monsters” of the “everybody gets a medal” millennial generation, which he refers to as ”the a** douches” in an explicit nine-and-a-half-minute recording that’s suddenly gone viral.
Though he never mentions the Occupy movement by name, Carolla takes note of anger against the “1 percent,” who, he says, “already are paying way more than their fair share” of taxes in California, where he produces a popular podcast.
“There’s something that’s come up in this country that didn’t used to exist, which is envy, and it’s a big issue,” he says. “We are now dealing with the first wave of participation-trophy, my-own-fecal-matter-doesn’t-stink, empowered … everybody’s-a-winner, there-are-no-losers — we are dealing with the first wave of those [expletive] a**holes. That’s who we’re dealing with now.
“They’re feeling shame,” he says. “They’ve been shamed by life because they haven’t been prepared for life.”‘
Though the recording apparently is excerpted from a podcast Carolla put out in October, according to Slate, Carolla’s take has gotten traction in recent days on a number of mainstream websites.
According to Carolla — whose own website prominently features his quote on the Occupy L.A. protesters: “Now you’re just hanging out and s***ting in a tent” — anger at the rich and successful is the price of spoiling a generation with a sense of entitlement.
“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 [expletive] 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.
“It used to be, back in the day,” he goes on, “father’d be walking his son down the sidewalk and you’d see a guy go by in a Rolls Royce and the father would say, ‘There goes Mr. Jenkins. Look up to him. That guy works hard. That guy built a company. That guy built an empire. Now look at him. He’s got his Rolls Royce.’
“Now it’s like, ‘Oh! Look at him. Does he need that car? Why does he need that car? I’m driving a [expletive] Chevette. Why does he get to drive that [expletive] car? Let’s go and throw a [expletive] rock at it.’ That’s not going to help you get out of the Chevette, a** douche. Get the [expletive] to work.”