98 Degrees member Justin Jeffre stays true to his (political) heart, gets arrested at an Occupy protest

Justin-Jeffre

Image Credit: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Carrie Cochran/AP Images

What do Arlo Guthrie, Sean Lennon and Justin Jeffre all have in common? Besides, of course, their rich musical history, all three have taken part in the ongoing Occupy movement. But only Jeffre, who you’ll remember as the other other guy from the 90’s boy band 98 Degrees, has been arrested for taking a stand with the grassroots uprising.

According to the Associated Press, Jeffre “pleaded not guilty to trespassing after being arrested in the Occupy Cincinnati protest.” Jeffre, who has become a political activist in Cincinnati (he is a political blogger for The Cincinnati Beacon), was arrested with 11 others over the weekend for “unlawful use” of the city’s Fountain Square after closing time. On Monday, Jeffre’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea for him.

In an interview with Cincinnati.com, the former pop star — who admitted he was recognized by some of his cell mates — said his night behind bars “was not fun. But it was the place to be if you are standing up for free speech.” (Please note: In addition to free speech, Jeffre also apparently enjoys Little Caesars Pizza.)

While there’s no word on whether or not Jeffre opted to serenade his fellow Occupyers — like many other musicians lending their support have back in New York City have done — here’s how he could alter some of his 98 Degrees tunes to match the movement’s ideals. For instance:

“I Do (Cherish You…For Taking A Stand Against The One Percent)”
“Give Me One More Night (Una Noche)… To Protest In Fountain Square”
“The Hardest Thing…Is Trying To Start A Revolution”

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  • Barack Palin

    I hope he found himself a nice boyffriend in jail.

  • Don Draper

    I love how he is honorable for being at an Occupy rally. Wonder what the reaction would be if he was at a tea party. Commies protecting their own.

  • Shut your piehole!

    He was only 82 degrees away from being completely irrelevant.

  • Yina

    I think it’s funny that any cell mates recognized him. I was in hs during his heyday and a huge boy band fan at the time (hey no one’s perfect haha) and I wouldn’t recognize him if he started belting out una noche….

  • Bozzuto

    This is just a way for these musicians to get free press. The point of OWS is they want the rich fat cats to distribute their wealth. Instead of serenading the protesters, why don’t they start distributing THEIR wealth. Seems hypocritical to me.

    • Alex

      The point is to get rich fat cats to actually pay their fair share of taxes. Which they don’t. They should be paying something around 35%, but a lot pay somewhere in the neighborhood of 15% due to loopholes and other maneuvering. I pay my fair share in taxes, I don’t understand how demanding that those with more than their fair share of money do the same is a redistribution of wealth.

      • DGH

        Why don’t you expect the government to use the money they already get from rich wisely instead of all the wasteful stuff they spend it on then blame it on the rich that they have no money. Who is to say what someone’s fair share is? You guys need be Occupy Washington for all their wasteful ways until then your cause is a joke.

      • Don Draper

        Love the liberal talking points. 15% is the tax rate for long term capital gains (i doubt you know what that means, so look it up). The upper level income tax brackets in America are progressive and higher earners pay more, in the 35% range. Do your homework. Do you believe capital gains should be increased? Would it be better if no one invested at all?

        Just waiting for someone to at an Occupy protest to yell out “workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” Perhaps those placards are already out there.

      • jdr

        43% of people don’t pay federal income taxes. You are likely a hypocrite because you probably want (like everyone else) the biggest tax right off possible around tax time.

      • Alex

        @DGH – I *do* expect the government to spend money wisely. Why we spend the same amount (percentage-wise) on defense now as we did during the height of the Cold War is beyond me. Government should be wiser with the money it spends. That still doesn’t mean the rich shouldn’t pay their fair share.

        @Don Draper – Wow. Way to claim ignorance (i.e. “i doubt you know what that means, so look it up”) while being painfully ignorant. I am aware of capital gains tax. My phrasing was likely poor, but there is a TON of weaseling going on to avoid that 35% rate, and I’m sure you know it. Should capital gains taxes be increased? Since a lot of people utilize that as INCOME, then yes, it should. When you have Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, stating that his tax rate is lower than his secretary’s, it’s obvious that something is wrong. When GE, one of the world’s biggest mega-corporations, can actually manage to avoid taxes in 2010 AND claim a return, it’s clear there’s a problem with our “progressive” system.

        @jdr – Everyone, in my belief, should pay income taxes. Some rate. So please, call me a hypocrite again.

  • JB

    I don’t understand how Fountain Square closes. It’s in the middle of downtown and outside with restaurants around it. Something is fishy.

  • Lala

    @Barack & Don, you two are stupid beyond words. And Bozzuto, I doubt Jeffre is rich.

    • Don Draper

      Actually, you’re the one who is probably “stupid beyond words.” How articulate.

      • Lala

        Nice comeback, Don. How articulate, copying other people’s words. Moron.

  • Damon

    So one of the guys who wasn’t a Lachey got arrested.

  • amy

    Oh, the ugly one in the group.

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