Watch: “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street.”

Via on Oct 19, 2011

Great Video, Actually. Redefining exploitative language, along with Capitalistic society.

Don’t worry, it’s not only respectful but truly beautiful, and inspiring to watch.

“We’re not going anywhere.”

Keep the Occupy Wall Street movement “hot” by making a donation and turning up the “heat” on corporatism.

I just made a donation for the NYC OWS here: http://www.nycga.net/how-to-help/

You can find other national OWS movements to donate to here: http://occupywallst.org/donate/

I gave what I could. So should you.

And yes, there’s a Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street tumblr to go with it.

 

More Context:

Greenstreet, writing on his own website, agreed that the “Hot Chicks” idea, at first, was “admittedly sophomoric.” But once at Zuccotti Park, he wrote, “it evolved into something more”:

“There was a vibrant energy in the air, a warmth of community and family, and the voices we heard were so hopeful and passionate. Pretty faces were making signs, giving speeches, organizing crowds, handing out food, singing, dancing, debating, hugging and marching.

“It made me want to pack my bags and pitch a tent on Wall Street. And it’s in the light that we created this video.

“And we hope it makes you want to be there too.”

Greenstreet also welcomed his critics. “I encourage you to use that as an excuse to create constructive discussions about the issues you have,” he wrote. “Because, to be honest, any excuse is a good excuse to bring up the topic of women’s rights.”

Greenstreet’s street cred as a card-carrying liberal…

…One of the women in the “Hot Chicks” video, an Egyptian-born woman named Dania, wrote to Greenstreet, thanking him “for capturing the feminine side of the story and [letting] you know that i do not care if you call me a hot chick. It’s actually humorous and i love it!”

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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67 Responses to “Watch: “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street.””

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Via FB
    Mila: Totally not what I expected! It's a wonderful little piece. I like the cinematography, the soundtrack – but most of all, the message!

  2. £$ says:

    Like some Apple or Gap advert. Vacuous. Skin deep. I give up. Absurd. The body recoils with cringe.

    • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

      Then look a little deeper.

      • ¬£$ says:

        I'm trying, honestly. 'Hot chicks..' seems to confirm my worry. Perhaps this post is a metaphor for the vagueness of the protests.

        • ¬£$ says:

          I'm not saying they aren't a good idea and I do support them wholeheartedly. I'm just not convinced of the clarity of aims and objectives. This post just diverts attention away from the issues and back to good old cave man thinking. Like the other two posts below, I wonder how the editor will justify his repeated focus on sex and 'hot' women. However, even before the justification (or refusal of the need for one) I am suddenly tired and overcome with lehargy at the likely reply…I've heard it all before.

          • elephantjournal says:

            "yadayadayadayada…" (my expected reply)

            Funny how you judge me neatly, and prejudge my reply. The world is safe and frequently us vs. them (with us being right) when we preconceive it, isn't it! ~ Waylon

      • :)Isaid it says:

        look at little deeper…. LMAO. coming from a guy who looks down and puts down a model (because she happened to actually be hot) and then goes on to tell people what a hot woman actually is. LMAO.

        Dude you're trying to sound all pretty and caring. But you're making your self sound like a bigger douche. ;)

    • Yogini5 says:

      Much more like United Colors of Benetton, but I get the drift … so outta here …

  3. Bonnie says:

    The fact is unavoidable that a woman's appearance is the criteria by which her eligibility for this video is assessed. This is superficial, not 'mindful'. I've been a reader of this site for over a year, and while there are some good things here, I feel quality is being sacrificed for quantity. This comes after being repeatedly bothered by sexualised images that accompany (and corrupt?) articles, chosen presumably to increase traffic—this point was employed as justification in an above comment—but I believe the means and ends must both be mindful for a site that aims at mindfulness. This will be my last visit to the site, I just thought I would contribute my perspective for your consideration upon leaving.

  4. Crystal says:

    I agree with Bonnie, whole-heartedly.

  5. alisha says:

    I also agree with Bonnie. There are some great articles on El J but, increasingly more often, there are also articles that are not only sexist but misrepresent the supposedly spiritual focus of this website. This video is not respectful. It reduces women to their level of attractiveness and/or whiteness as an indicator of worth. Women, and further any human being, is infinitely more than "hot or not." I discovered this website because of an interest in expanding my yoga practice into something more meaningful. While there have definitely been articles which have helped open my eyes to the possibilities of devotion to yoga, mindfulness, and compassion, this website has mostly just made me more skeptical about those who deem themselves "spiritual."

  6. Charlotte says:

    Maybe we need to Occupy Elephant!

    Lots of what I read in EJ is thought-provoking, original, informative, and wonderfully playful, but sometimes I wonder if Waylon is a psuedonym for Hugh Hefner. Tantric sex, I'm with you. Hot Chicks of OW, I'm out.

    • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

      Did you watch the video? Because I cannot fathom your response unless it's only to the title…

      • Jen says:

        Thank you, Ben!!! I'm a woman, and I think the video portrayed women beautifully. There were all sorts of women shown- tattoos, piercing's, crooked teeth, multiple racial groups. This was not a homogenous group of blondes in bikinis. I thought this was empowering. It showed me how many women are out there fighting for what they believed in.

        • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

          Thanks Jen, great comment.

          • :)Isaid it says:

            Jen. Ben isn't thank your comment for being great.
            He's thanking it because you agreed with him. And shown him that.. Good there are woman outthere with half a brain to agree with me. Now go clean something.

            Don't believe me.. Then read his comments to woman who don't agree with him. And open your eyes. ;)

      • Bonnie says:

        So Ben, it's a "great comment" because it agrees with your opinion? I am actually surprised by your complete unwillingness or inability to fathom the opinion of those who feel this video is inappropriate in this setting. Let me attempt to shed some light as simply as possible. If you disagree, fine, but please at least try to understand.

        This video is an amalgamation of beautiful women of a certain size, age, and level of attractiveness—the same criteria myself and many women are burnt out on being assessed by every day, everywhere. They seem like good, balanced women too, and that is great for them and great that more than their physicality was of interest to the filmmaker and audience, but their appearance was still selection criteria number one for this video. This is the key sentence in my response: women were included and excluded on the basis of their physical appearance. There is a comment below that states "Mindful doesn't equal genderless, sexless, humorless", and I agree, but that misses where the criticism is coming from. Being beautiful, sexy, smart, soulful, compassionate and confident are all fine things! The problem, to stress it again, is that here we are seeing the reenforcement of the attitude that assesses women by her looks first. The fact that it then wanted to listen to and celebrate those deemed suitable here is a welcome evolution to sexism, but still has only shaken part of the problem.

        The frustration you are seeing and cannot fathom is from women having the expectation that this particular corner of life be free of such judgement, yet here it is. Maybe in some other environments more saturated with offensive attitudes this clip would be a breath of fresh air out of pure relief that it is nowhere near as exploitative as the title would suggest, but can't we move beyond such superficiality here? Unless your standards of beauty are so extraordinarily narrow that you truly consider this diversity, it is clear that this clip IS another example of assessing a woman by looking at her, and THEN hearing what she has to say.
        Are you hearing me now? Would a picture help? (I jest!)

        Peace

        • Jen says:

          Bonnie, we see EVERYONE first, and then hear them. Many people think Obama would not have been elected if he were an out of shape white man, because that image fits the idea that most people have of how a president looks. Obama had a beautiful message of change, but he also looked like change. Many people have the idea that all women activists are women in their 40s and 50s who don't shave. I think the video is cool because 1- it shows that women are strong and have ideas, and 2- it shows that beautiful women of many backgrounds have the same strength and ideas. Maybe this will get a couple of guys who wouldn't have otherwise cared, out to the occupy movement. Maybe he'll go with the hopes of meeting a cute girl, and leave an activist. Whatever works to draw people in…

        • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

          Great comment Bonnie. And yes, perhaps I am guilty of 'favoring' comments that are in line with my opinion. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for pointing that out. It's a worthy lesson for me.
          About the point of discussion:
          I agree. It's pathetic and disgusting that women have been judged first and foremost for so long based on how they look. But I think that there is a real danger of 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater'. Physicality, sexuality, superficial attraction – these are all parts of life too. A perfect world would not be one in which women's looks are ignored. There is a middle ground, where PEOPLE are judged with discernment. Apart from the 'featured' woman in the article above, I thought that all the subjects of the video were shown beautifully, and I don't think it was disrespectful, and I don't think that size, age, or 'level of attractiveness' (totally subjective anyway) were criteria for which they were chosen. I think they were chosen because they are BEAUTIFUL. And if we can't celebrate that beauty then we are not really making progress at all.
          Love

          • Bonnie says:

            I can definitely get on board with celebrating their beauty. I still think maybe a broader cross section would have been better, but I can definitely appreciate where you are coming from. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
            Respect

        • Yogini5 says:

          Yup, it had taken a Gloria Steinem at age 33 (looking 23) to get 2nd wave feminism on the table …
          which is old history by now. Even though Betty Friedan had started the feminist movement about a decade earlier.
          That age that size and that look was not what had "sold" the women's movement ….

      • :)Isaid it says:

        wow!!
        to quote Ben just a few posts above this.

        "Great comment Bonnie. And yes, perhaps I am guilty of 'favoring' comments that are in line with my opinion. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for pointing that out. It's a worthy lesson for me. "

        Again he was bullshitting as usual. And only replied that small part to make fun of the people who called him out. ;)

        So Ben_Ralston is ask you this.

        Did you read the full message? Because I cannot fathom your response unless you are a egoistic selfish pig…

      • :)Isaid it says:

        Ben.
        Did you read the full message? Because I cannot fathom your response unless you are actually a egoistic selfish pig…

      • :)Isaid it says:

        Ben_Ralston
        Did you read the full message? Because I cannot fathom your response unless you are actually a egoistic selfish pig…

  7. Robert says:

    Open your minds – the new hot refers to intelligence.

    • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

      Hear hear!
      Intelligence on all levels – emotional, spiritual, creative, energetic, biological…

    • Dawn says:

      To be honest, for me the word "Hot" is not the problem. I think a lot of things and people are hot. However, what is decidedly Not Hot, is men calling grown intelligent capable women "Chicks".

  8. Robert says:

    and this video clearly demonstrates that. It will take time for the masses to catch on, but, as with all change, there is a period of getting used to the new paradigm. The more we change the meaning of the language, the more ridiculous and absurd the old perception will become.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Some comments from FB that reflect folks watching the video:

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    Charlotte Noruzi That was a lovely video. Next time let's see all women, not just the "hot" ones.
    6 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 5 peopleLoading…
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    Tammy Carew yeah why use "hot"??
    4 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
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    Mayra Garza Hitchens Beautiful people are beautiful because they breathe. That's it.
    4 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
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    Sangye Choga Martin LOL wtf … where's the hot studs video? Is this turning into a heterosexual mans soft core service? LOL I see more stories about hot girls than anything else lately. Someone must be feelin the heat ;)
    2 hours ago · LikeUnlike
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    Rachel McKay Steele Hot chicks of occupy wall street is sexist, misgyinistic, and degrading. period. but who cares about my opinion, it's only what i look like, right?
    2 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 2 peopleLoading…
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    Sangye Choga Martin Unfortunately I couldn't find any "chicks" or gay men who have spend the time cruising Occupy Wall Street for hotties … so this will have to do http://youtu.be/Bxr9pPC4h3Y
    Hot Boys & Sexy Men – World's Most Beautiful Smiles http://www.youtube.com
    Utt,Michael Lewis,James Marsden,Channing Tatum, Mario Lopez, Ashton Kutcher, Rya…n Daharsh, Alex Pettyfer, Sean Faris, Justin Timberlake, Corey Sevier, Zac Ef…See More
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    2 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·
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    Colleen Allen Kennedy This is annoying. I am ready to dump EJ. Every post has a picture of a "hot chick" as it is, and now this?!? I'm not even gonna watch the video.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
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    Leanne DePaul These women are beautiful, divine, expressive individuals who are hot!! And they are using their 'fire' to burn up the illusions of our society. They aren't hot because of their looks but bc the call to return to the sacred feminine nature of love and compassion. And god bless the man who acknowledges these women's calls for transformation!!
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike
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    elephantjournal.com Thank you Leanne, for taking the time to watch the video, read the post, and comment intelligently without reacting emotionally (just to the title). The women in this video are not all model types. They are all beautiful women, doing a beautiful job of spreading more beauty in the world. Please, I ask you all who commented above to first watch the video, and then accuse me / EJ of misogenysm (how the hell do you spell that?!), sexism, etc. That's really just not fair…
    ~ Ben Ralston

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    elephantjournal.com Charlotte (Waylon here) I thought the video did a good job of showing non-conventional beauty (ie what a magazine would not think of as attractive) as well as all ages, ethnicities).

    • Steve M says:

      Some one is addicted to facebook to post a log onto a website.. Guys look look what people are saying on facebook lmao

  10. Robin Turner says:

    The video is nice, though he could have lingered less lovingly on the body art. But the context is very frat-boy. In fact, it irritated me so much that I blogged about it TWICE: http://solri.livejournal.com/391424.html http://solri.livejournal.com/391760.html
    If I may be so narcissistic as to quote myself: "Greenstreet is absolutely right that the presence of hot chicks will encourage men to turn up to events including, but by no means limited to, protest marches, yoga classes, ballroom dancing, therapy groups and poetry readings. I admit now—though never would have at the time—it was a factor for me in my youth (Latin American Solidarity had the hottest chicas, if you really want to know, followed by CND). On the other hand, guys who turn up just to ogle the women would do themselves and the world a service if they stayed at home and watched porn."

  11. Dawn says:

    I must say after watching this video several times, I'm torn about it. I agree that the title is insulting and degrading (I don't care if you are trying to get views or trying to be ironic) The title still puts the women in the video in an objectified light. It just does. Yes, the women in the video are lovely, no they aren't all model types…but they are all conventionally pretty. Look at their features…all well balanced features even if some have pink hair, tattoos and piercings. All young and they all are small to medium in weight. (I'm talking about the women focused on as there is one older woman slightly out of focus in one shot and then a small girl in another) This is by no means a balanced representation of the women at OWS. I'm saying this as a woman who would be considered conventionally pretty herself. But I want to see a greater and more diverse representation. Perhaps they aren't going for that, but I think it would be a good idea. Is the video beautiful and moving…Yes, I think so. I especially love the words of the woman who says she doesn't want this all to be a burden on the backs of her children. But I think your reply to detractors of "Did you watch the video? Because I cannot fathom your response unless it's only to the title…" is unhelpful. If intelligence is the new hot…I'm all for it, but the title of Hot Chicks is ridiculous. And, I'm sorry but a bunch of guys telling me that we can only change the meaning of a word by shifting the paradigm of that word, sounds condescending. That really has to be an inside job where women refer to themselves as such, a man cannot tell me what I should be calling myself or my sisters…sorry if that sounds unfair and sexist, but that is the way it is. Men cannot claim that title for me, I must claim it for myself. Anyway, I do think it is a worthy issue to debate and I'm all for various voices and points of view because it makes life more interesting. Peace.

    • Jordis says:

      One thing about art is it's not made to please everyone. If it was made to please as many people as possible then it wouldn't be art and instead it would become a commercial package done for the masses.

      This is why so many people are becoming afraid to express themselves. Because of attitudes like this one. You should have shown more. Shown less. Done this.. Done that. That's not giving an opinion nor criticism, that's saying your work sucks and if you want me to like it then do this.

      I'm happy you see and know that only you yourself can call your self hot. But then you say "That really has to be an inside job where women refer to themselves as such, a man cannot tell me what I should be calling myself or my sisters." So now you are speaking for what it should be and shouldn't be for others.

      There's a difference here. And i'll explain the difference. (by the way yes i am a woman)
      There are men who say hot as in they find them hot in many ways not just looks.
      And there are men who say hot as in.. what a slut i bet i could fuck her easily and walk away.
      There are also woman that do the exact same thing with men.

      But the nice thing about this is.. They are what they are. And you don't have to like it.

      The problem with what you say… Is you are right they are wrong and then you talk for every woman and that's how it should be.

      So to you i say. Get a fucking life. And i'm not into debating things with feminists and racists. Good bye

  12. Jessica Durivage Jessica says:

    I haven't even had the chance to watch the video yet – and am pulled down to this comment thread of people, once again, thrashing ej for their choice of how to represent themselves to the public. I am sure – if you prefer – Waylon could use "fear based" tactics – like Fox News or other forms of media to get your attention. (is that on in the background while you are reading this?) They could also use Teddy Bears and rainbows.

    Be thankful they are using something to get your attention and then, on top of that, giving you have a forum to dicuss while the spokesperson of ele (Waylon Lewis, himself) actually is present, answers back, defends, explains, offers opportunities to write, apologizes, etc. You are a part of creating this place called elephant journal, believe it or not. How would you choose to use this opportunity?

    Wow. Just watched the video. So inspiring. Being the change in the world that you want to see is fucking hot.

    thanks for posting a great video.

  13. Margo says:

    What a freak show this site has become.

  14. ian says:

    this video should be captioned hot chicks and morons fuck the ows movement and their communist agenda

  15. Suri kate says:

    Well, im a chick and i cant see where the problem is … I think that all these girls in the video are average looking except for maybe one that actually looked kinda hot …i really dont understand why so many chicks are getting so ofended….they are clearly overreacting ….their perception must be really clouded in order to find this video degrading or offensive.

    • Yogini5 says:

      It's the lack of diversity in age, degree of skin pigmentation and body size that the men were showcasing … old story repeated many times …

    • I agree Suri…cheesy title (which was NOT give to it by elephant journal!) but awesome video…appreciating diverse beauty, passionate activism, being the change — all hot in my opinion!

    • sevenpeefive says:

      Actually, the issue is not about the lack of diversity in the "hot chicks" shit… it's actually about the fact that there has to be a special blogs dedicated to hot chicks in a protest movement PERIOD.

      If you can't see that this is clearly saying that your level of importance as a woman is based on your looks and not your thoughts, then your perception is extremely clouded.

  16. phoebe says:

    What if I occupy wall street but im not hot enough? does that mean my voice wont be heard? stupid ass video.

    • :)Isaid it says:

      Yup because not only are you not hot. You are also a complete moron.

      And thank you for not joining us at ows. Please keep your ugly face in the basement.

      With kind regards from all the hot friendly people in the world.

  17. ARCreated says:

    I have to say I was resistant because of the title – but I do trust waylon so I watched and wow am I glad I did. I was ready to be bombarded by "stereotypical" big boobs blonde hair bikini hot…(not to detract from blond breasted women in bikinis of course!) but what I found was the broader perspective of HOT …this connection with the look in a woman's eye, the strength of her character and the fire in her spirit — each women decidedly beautiful for who she is — I felt camaraderie and joy that this was not a string of girls gone wild clips but a shift in the meaning of hot…
    As a woman in her 40's I was moved by the inclusion of not just youthful beauty and not just model beauty but all beauty — I saw shift in this. Leave the title and let it draw people in — sometimes you have to meet people half way to create change, I'm OK tricking a few shallow people into seeing this and maybe changing some hearts and minds!

  18. [...] so much time slapping on the existential version of bumper stickers. This guy’s a vegan. That chick is a feminist. This one does yoga. That one’s a teacher. This one is a liberal. That one goes [...]

  19. PayDogginDog says:

    http://realpolicehunksoftheows.tumblr.com/

    All i gotta say is its ABOUT TIME.

  20. elephantjournal says:

    The title, as you know, is the title of both the video and the tumblr. I think it's a bit of a trojan horse, as the creator says above…what started off as a stunt became, once he was on the ground at OWS, an appreciative work rather than an "exploitative" one. The (now) sarcastic title has helped garner this video 100,000s of views (not from us, from media all over the world)…forcing media and viewers who otherwise might be sharing drivel to contemplate the beauty that is the community at OWS. Finally, you'll notice that the author includes police officers, older women, women not conventionally magazine-ready attractive…this doesn't seem to be an MTV meets OWS piece. It seems surprisingly beautiful, so I shared it.

    That said, if you'd like to contribute, it'd be our honor and our readers' pleasure–send your inspiration to write@elephantjournal.com–much more fun to bring your voice to your community and my community.

  21. Jen says:

    Calm down, bro.

  22. Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

    I understand, and I hear you, but the title is somewhat ironic. And we here at EJ did not call it that – it's the title that the artist gave it.
    I agree with all you say, wholeheartedly, but this video is full of intelligent, caring, beautiful women, who are acting with integrity. That's what is hot about them, not the usual superficial crap.
    Watch the video. It's nice.

  23. beansandsuds says:

    Ok Ben….you are right. The video is good. I watched it because I'm a fan of yours. I just think it's sad and frustrating that everything has to be marketed with "hot chicks"….it bums me out that things worth watching on their own merit have to be presented to us in this way.

  24. Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

    I agree. The title is unfortunate. Also the featured photo does not represent the rest of the video. She's a model. The others are beautiful women. Big difference to me…

  25. beansandsuds says:

    Thank you, Ben! Keep up your great work……

  26. Jurgis Herdazio says:

    Ben here you are judging woman by looks. ". She's a model. The others are beautiful women. Big difference to me… "
    I unlike you know a few people in that video. And that "model" is one of the kindest most giving people you will meet. She lives her life helping the less fortunate and is able to do so with great passion and ease.

    So the next time you think that.. a non "model" is beautiful because she is showing off for a camera while painting faces.. Remember that many do it for show and are actually very ugly people inside.

    So in defence of "models" I leave with this. Idiot.

    Jurgis Herdazio live from occupy wall street.

  27. :)Isaid it says:

    Well he's defending ep because of how fast it's dropping over the past little while.

    he wants everyone to know that it's not ep that writes these. It's who ever is contributing. And Since Waylon contributed this article now.. they are saying it's not the contributer but it's actually the original poster on the other site and they have no way of changing the title on here. Which makes me laugh. Because any one with less then basic html knows.. You can change the title.

    Google analatics shows very well the returning clients is dropping fast. And new customers check lightly and don't come back.
    It's a dying site and I'm going to let it die in my bookmarks too.

  28. GreedISGOOD says:

    Ep is now run amoke with elitist douches posting anything that comes to mind and getting mad at anyone who disagrees.

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