Monday, November 14, 2011

He IS The 1%

Rapper Jay-Z who never met anything, including his wife and "child", that he didn't try to spin into profit for himself, is set to release a new line of T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement via his Rocawear clothing label.
How nice. Except Jay-Z has no plans to share any of the profits with the protesters because he is the 1%
The money-whore was recently spotted wearing one of the shirts, which tweaks the phrase "Occupy Wall Street" by crossing out the "W" and adding an "S" to make it read "Occupy All Streets."

A Rocawear spokesperson told the publication: "The 'Occupy All Streets' T-shirt was created in support of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. 'Occupy All Streets' is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement."
You've created the shirts, made the shirts, are marketing the shirts, but have made no decision to monetarily support the group which you say you are supporting.
Even Russell Simmons--who has attended Occupy protests and acts like he is all about helping the Middle and Lower classes--and who also never let a day go by without finding a way to make money off of it, Tweeted: "Love Jay-Z's t-shirt. Glad i got mine today."
Isn't it funny how these two come out in support of a movement against corporate greed at the expense of the public, and then use that movement to line their own pockets. I mean, talk about irony, eh?
UPDATE: As of Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street T-shirts have been removed from the Rocawear website.
Well, good riddance to bad fashion. but what about the money made on the shirts already sold, Jay-Z? Do you really need diamond encrusted baby spoons for your spawn?

7 comments:

Mind Of Mine said...

How could such a public relations disaster get past the idea stage. Didn't someone stop to say, this won't make us look good, before the T-Shirt's went on sale.

Biki said...

Why does this not surprise me, why?

Wonder Man said...

it was a bad idea

tamayn said...

It's not just Jay-Z who is trying to profit off the "We Are the 99%" idea. Check this out: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/14/oil-industry-ads-attempt-to-co-opt-99-percent-movement/

It's kind of sad how far we've gotten away from our ideals that people think this shit would fly.

Tiger Chanter said...

I never cared for either of these two, so it hardly comes as a shock...

twunty mcslore said...

Wow, I thought they were supposed to be marketing geniuses. Talk about not know or caring about your target audience!

Cubby said...

Come out of the closet, Jay-Z. The weather's nice.