Occupy Wall Street Movement Takes Cue from Satirical Music Video on the Federal Reserve

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As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to expand, you can hear protestors chant their sentiments with a four letter word. The phrase, made popular by activist composer Neal Fox in his award-winning music video, has taken off on its own.

Many people don’t know that the Federal Reserve isn’t federal, and doesn’t even have any reserves. The name is intended to mislead. I created this video so people could learn about it without having to do any work—and it’s fun.

In 2009, composer filmmaker Neal Fox won two film festival awards for his outspoken music video on the Federal Reserve. Since its premier on YouTube, F**k the Fed, has been picked up and posted all over the internet, http://bit.ly/H65YZ. And now its become the rally cry of Occupy Wall Street.

The night before the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Neal Fox performed his anthem at Club Amnesia for Liberty Fest NYC, where he also appeared as the MC. The audience cheered and sang the chorus along with him: Hey, hey, hey, hey—F**k the Fed! One observer remarked, “It’s the perfect song when you’re pissed off and don’t want to hold back. It’s also the truth.”

When the anti-Fed movement began, protestors, writers and filmmakers worried they couldn’t get coverage using the F-bomb. So they stuck to polite language: End The Fed, Audit the Fed, Sue the Fed (and those were legitimate actions they intended). But now, with the financial crisis reaching the boiling point and people wanting to do away with the Federal Reserve entirely, this song hits the target. Says Fox, “Many people don’t know that the Federal Reserve isn’t federal, and doesn’t even have any reserves. The name is intended to mislead. I created this video so people could learn about it without having to do any work—and it’s fun.” Fox must have done something right because the video link keeps getting shared.

While Occupy Wall Street isn’t just against the Federal Reserve, it does have a connection. And Fox has been associated with the anti-Federal Reserve movement for a number of years. In fact, he’s been writing songs about humanitarian and socially conscience issues since the 1970s. (Back then he had a Billboard Top Ten Dance Club Hit, In the Jungle, about the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest.)

To learn more about Neal Fox’s music and videos please visit http://www.YouTube.com/nealf, http://www.wireduck.com, iTunes, CD Baby, and Facebook. There is also a censored version of the song on his YouTube channel, and for sale on iTunes. Fox own the rights to most of his songs and they are available for licensing. He may be contacted through any of his sites.

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