By IBTimes Staff Reporter | September 27, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
The Occupy Wall Street protesters continue to shout for reform along the streets of the financial capital of the world as wealthy, corporate suits watch from above.
The YouTube video "Wall Street Mocks Protesters By Drinking Champagne 2011" was uploaded on Sept 23 and provides a unique view of the stark contrast between crusader and foe. The corporate gaggle gathered - with i Phones and cocktails in hand - along the balcony of the Cipriani Club Residences at 55 Wall Street; a beautiful venue, no doubt, but it comes with a hefty price tag.
Cipriani is a dual condominium residence and private luxury club. The building features 106 furnished apartments, where studios start at $625,000. Membership includes access to the club's bar, restaurant, full-service spa, billiard room, library, business lounge, and a 24-hour concierge. The venue is also used to host events such as charity fundraisers and wine tastings. It is where the Wall Street elite rub elbows... and take some time to laugh at the throng of protestors below.
While watching the video, the word "condescending" comes to mind. Of course it is possible that the onlookers are not mocking, merely watching, but the symbolism is all there. Do these observers think themselves to be royals viewing a court jester performance?