There are two stories about the corporate hijacking of #OccupyWallStreet on Reuters.com. One piece talks about how U.S. ice cream maker Ben & Jerry is making a laughing stock of the protestors by issuing a statement in support of the protest:
The directors of the board of ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s released a statement saying they were supporting the protest.
But this corporate alignment doesn’t seem to have had the desired effect. Instead of drumming up support for the protestors it has made them something of a laughing stock. Papers, blogs and TV reports are running competitions for the best flavour ice-cream Ben & Jerry’s could create to honour the protests (ocu-pie is gaining some traction). But all of this is distracting from promoting the protestors’ aims and message.
By the way, here is the link to Ben & Jerry's official statement. I agree with Kathleen that having corporate support would doom the protest if the corporation were, say, Bank of America, for instance, but Ben & Jerry's is no Bank of America.
All that Ben & Jerry's board is saying is this: "We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement." Besides, Ben & Jerry's is not donating money to help fund the protests (at least not yet). So how exactly does a company that's lobbied for a Constitutional amendment that would limit corporate spending in elections hijack a protest that would fight for that mission as well?