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Sat Aug 27 12:04:53 SAST 2016

Outrage over Jay-Z 'Occupy All Streets' T-shirts

Times LIVE | 14 November, 2011 10:18
Jay-Z. File photo.
Image by: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Rapper Jay-Z has come under fire for a new line of T-shirts on his Rocawear label referencing the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement.

The T-shirts, bearing the slogan "Occupy All Streets", were selling for $22 (about R176) each on the label's site, before being pulled amid controversy because it was revealed none of the money made from their sales would be donated to 'Occupy Wall Street'.

E! online quotes a Rocawear representative as saying: "'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."

'Occupy Wall Street' spokesman Patrick Bruner is quoted by NME as saying in response: "Naturally there will be some bloodsuckers who come out of the woodwork."

Another member of 'Occupy Wall Street', known only as Grim, was even harsher, saying to TMZ: "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 'Occupy Wall Street'."

Jay-Z, who has been photographed wearing the contentious T-shirt, has denied that Rocawear pulled the T-shirts, despite their disappearance from the label's website.


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