It seems as though “all of the lights” of the Big Apple were not enough to keep rapper Kanye West and Russell Simmons away from the Occupy Wall Street protests Monday.
Kanye joined his pal Simmons at the protests briefly, strutting through the crowded streets wearing a massive gold chained necklace, drawing lots of attention from the crowd. “I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet,” Simmons tweeted. “I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd.”
Simmons has been a part of the protests “kinda since the beginning,” he told CBS news. “I come because I love their intention and their effort and their courage. I’m just a big supporter of what these young people are doing.”
“I’m happy to pay more taxes though. I’m here to pay more taxes. I want education, I want health care … all these people are here because they want more community effort from this country.”
Simmons, a New York City native, is one of the first super rich celebrities to take after Warren Buffet and ask for more taxes.