Saturday Night Live’s New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a moment to address the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, hours after a major demonstration took place in New York City’s Times Square.
Bloomberg — played by Fred Armisen — said that despite reports, he is completely supportive of Occupy movement and proud that New York City was once again a trendsetter for events happening around the world.
“With all due respect to Chicago, Los Angeles and London, if you’re looking to vent your rage at a system where the richest one percent controls 40 percent of the planet’s wealth, there is no better time and no better place than autumn in New York,” Bloomberg said.
He acknowledged Friday’s controversy in which protesters effectively forced a scheduled park cleanup to be postponed.
“Some [protesters] went so far as to suggest that the power washing was simply a ruse to break up the demonstration,” he said. “Nonsense. As all New Yorkers know, various parts of the city are routinely power washed. Power washing is a New York institution and without it the Big Apple would lose its reputation as the world’s cleanest and most sanitized city.”
And by the way, in case you protesters are getting any ideas, Bloomberg himself shouldn’t be a target of your ire. There are plenty of other New Yorkers who are much richer than the mayor, and he’s happy to provide you their names and addresses. (Keep your ears perked for the quick George Soros mention.)
So basically, the protesters have nothing to fear from Bloomberg, except for one thing: “The second, and I mean the second I see a demonstrator lighting up a cigarette, we’re moving in,” he said. “The batons will come out and badge numbers will come off. And if you think I’m joking, go ahead, make my day.”
Watch the clip below, courtesy of NBC.