Is Kevin Bacon Secretly Behind Occupy Wall Street?

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Oct. 13 2011 2:43 PM

Is Kevin Bacon Secretly Behind Occupy Wall Street?

Maybe I was wrong about this Reuters story. In my first read, I'd overlooked this nugget.

Other support for Occupy Wall Street has come from online funding website Kickstarter, where more than $75,000 has been pledged, deliveries of food and from cash dropped in a bucket at the park. Liberal film maker Michael Moore has also pledged to donate money.

But where did Moore get that money? Let's investigate. In 1987, Kevin Bacon played the small role of "Taxi Racer" in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. (He's the jerk who steals a taxi from Steve Martin. Spoiler.)


That movie was one of John Candy's biggest box office hits, and made him more attractive as a hire eight years later, when he starred as "Sheriff Bud Boomer" in the war-on-the-border farce Canadian Bacon.

Like AdBusters, the movie is located in Canada -- a foreign country. Its director? Michael Moore.

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Is Kevin Bacon the force behind Occupy Wall Street? It's irresponsible not to ask.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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