Jay-Z came under fire last week after it was discovered that although the rapper/entrepreneur’s Rocawear clothing line’s new “Occupy Wall Street” inspired T-shirts were produced in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, they wouldn’t be donating any proceeds to the cause.
“The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T-shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement,” a Rocawear spokeswoman said in a statement. “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.”
Jay-Z was photographed backstage with Russell Simmons at a recent concert wearing an “Occupy All Streets” shirt, and everyone appreciated that he was supporting the protest movement.
Now after receiving tons of backlash, the shirts, originally priced at $22, have suddenly been removed from Rocawear.com with no explanation from the company.
Before the t-shirts were pulled … TMZ spoke with Grim, one of the leaders of the Occupy movement, who told us, “Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet.”
UPDATE: Global Grind was able to speak with someone at Rocawear, and a rep explained to them that contrary to the media reports, the “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts have not been pulled.