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Century City 'Moccupies' Wall Street [UPDATED]

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Is it fun to mock Occupy Wall Street if you're working for a company that specializes in asset management and securities servicing or private wealth management?


Photo courtesy of Mike from Franklin Avenue
I guess so!

Every year Mike over at the blog Franklin Avenue used to snap pictures of the pumpkins from the decorating contest at Wilshire Courtyard, where shows like E! and Family Guy are based. The entertainment industry types unsurprisingly created elaborate displays that skewed towards pop culture themes, like Meaty Gaga and the Biebs.

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Now Mike has moved to a building in Century City occupied by more legal and business types in suits. He noticed less pop culture and more politics in the contest for this year's "Constellation Place" building. (There was, to be fair, an angry bird pumpkin and a very adorable ladybug.)

Two firms BNY Mellon and Barclays Wealth* took on Occupy Wall Street, leading me to wonder if it is sort of awkward to mock the movement if you're in the 1 percent (or at the very least, you've dedicated your career to servicing them).

Most of the ribbing was light. There's a joke about 1% milk. A sign says "This page intentionally left blank," which is a joke that is as Century City as it gets — unless you count the tents made out of index cards. Others are just jokes about American's obsession with consumerism and pop culture: "I <3 Snookie" and "What's the situation?" and "Ignore me I'm shopping." But then there's a joke, "Don't spray me, bro." Because, you know, pumpkins aren't afraid of tasing like humans are.


Photo courtesy of Mike from Franklin Avenue
UPDATED: Mike from Franklin Avenue has updated his original post after Barclays Wealth contacted him, telling him that their entrant contained absolutely no references to Occupy Wall Street. "We previously thought the pumpkin below also referenced Occupy Wall Street, given the tent, the pickets and the reference to '90%.' But Barclay's Wealth says it's not -- so our apologies over the error."