The racial diversity of the Occupy Wall Street protests has already been a matter of debate for some time, but now, one high-profile voice has sounded off on Zuccotti Park's perceived lack of gay protesters.
As New York Magazine is reporting, Joan Rivers -- a longtime ally of the LGBT community -- spoke frankly about the protests while hosting a book release party for Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's "Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood," which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment business as seen through a fifty-year love affair between two men.
"Gay men have better bodies, on the whole," Rivers is quoted as saying. "That's number one, and number two: They care more about what they look like. Very seldom will you find a gay schlep." She went on to note, "This is why there are no gay protesters in Zuccotti Park. Because there's no place to change, and no closets."
But the outspoken comedian also had other words for the ongoing anti-establishment movement. "I think Occupy Wall Street was terrific the first week, and it has now turned into a very happy druggy party," she said. "I suggest they all get jobs and go back to work. What was an amazing and wonderful thing, I now find just ridiculous. Everyone's on drugs and everybody's singing, and they now have a DVD out, and now they want to do a reality show."
Previously, conservative political commentator Bill O'Reilly questioned Occupy Wall Street's minority turnout, even comparing the protests to the Tea Party movement. Yet despite Rivers' remarks, gay people have been turning out to the protests, at least in other cities. The Georgia Voice reports that the Radical Faeries and A Roara' Thunder are among the LGBT-oriented demonstrators to join the masses in Atlanta.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized A Roara' Thunder as a "coalition." Thunder is an individual.
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