This is some weapons-grade stupidity on display at Occupy Wall Street. Yet another 60s relic showed up Friday to serenade the mob, most of whom probably never even heard of her.
Folk singer Joan Baez serenaded hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday, most of whom weren’t even born when she became famous for singing out against the Vietnam War.
The irony of Baez performing on Veterans Day was mostly lost on the demonstrators, who had marched from their base in Zuccotti Park to Foley Square, just up from City Hall, for the concert.
In fact, some weren’t quite sure who Baez was.
“She’s a war hero who served in Vietnam, I think,” said 19-year-old Luke Fields, who hails from Morningside Heights. “She saw first-hand that war was a nightmare.”
Told that Baez was a singer, Fields changed his tune.
“It’s great to have her here,” he said. “She’s a legend, but no, I can’t say I can name the songs.”
Fields was not alone.
When Baez urged everyone to sing along with her first song, “Where’s My Apple Pie,” only a handful did because most didn’t seem to know the lyrics.