Daily Show’s John Oliver asks protesters, ‘Am I the man?’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:14 EDT
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Comedy Central’s John Oliver wanted to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, but after visiting Zuccotti Park this week, he found that he just didn’t fit in.

“We’re fighting the man,” several protesters in Guy Fawkes masks explained to Oliver.

“Am I the man?” Oliver worried. “Because you’re making me feel like the man.”

“You have a suit,” one protester noted.

The Daily Show correspondent was also disturbed by the system of hand signals demonstrators used to communicate.

“You can’t just make up gestures!” Oliver explained. “Because clapping already exist.”

Still not feeling like he fit in, Oliver went to a local bar to visit “the 98 percent of Americans who might agree with the protesters message if it were not for the protesters themselves.”

“The do have a point,” one patron remarked.

“I sympathize with them as well,” another woman agreed. “When one percent has so much money and the other 99 percent doesn’t, it just doesn’t seem right.”

In the end, everyone at the bar agreed that “normal people” needed to take to the streets — right after watching the Jets game and putting the kids to bed.

Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Oct. 18, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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