DailyFinanceAOL’s reports on the beginning of the co-option of the Occupy Movement. (So does this mean the protesters won’t be hunting down the rich and killing them? ; )
Ben & Jerry’s fed 600 protesters ice cream at Occupy Wall Street’s home base in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. The Vermont-based ice cream vendor is the first large company to have declared public support of the movement, expressing its “deepest admiration” for the protesters in a statement released last weekend via the company’s website.
At the protest’s Food Committee headquarters in the center of Zuccotti park, hungry protesters line up to be served by volunteers in aprons, who rush around to keep donated food plentifully stocked on long buffet tables. On Tuesday afternoon, the free ice cream — served with little fanfare and no corporate logos — was devoured within hours.
But that evening, protesters expressed mixed feelings about corporations latching onto their cause. Some, like Jules Caldarera, a 20-year-old student from New Mexico, were excited to see support from a high-profile company like Ben & Jerry’s. Many didn’t realize that the ice cream was from Ben & Jerry’s. Others found it strange that any company would support an anti-corporate protest …