Jay-Z Tries To Pretend He Wasn’t Selling Occupy T-Shirts Entirely For Profit

November 14th, 2011 // 74 Comments

Last week, Gawker discovered that Jay-Z, via his Rocawear website, was selling “Occupy All Streets” T-shirts with Russell Simmons saying they “took #OccupyWallStreet to a whole new level.” Except it turns out Rocawear wasn’t donating a dime to the movement and was selling the shirts entirely for profit. Or at least was until Jay-Z quietly pulled them off its site over the weekend. TMZ reports:

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.”
We’ve been calling Jay-Z’s camp for the past two days … no word back.

Probably the most important thing to take away from this story is that the Occupy movement apparently has “leaders” now and one of them dubbed himself “Grim.” Because if there’s one way to be taken seriously it’s code names and secret handshakes.

“Hey, guys, someone named ‘Morpheus’ just wrote me an e-mail calling us dickbags, we should convert to socialism.” – Absolutely no one who works on Wall Street.



  1. Scott

    Hood rat? Scrotum? Sounds more like what the OWS people smell like. Hey, at least they are all in one area so everyone knows where to avoid.

  2. Maybe he will move to Paris with the other N***as.

  3. Cock Dr

    Just curious….how much was scrotum selling them for?

    • Venom

      I believe that they were going for $22.
      I have bought blank t shirts in bulk before for about $1 a piece so imagine what he buys them for.
      He was a scumbag for doing this in the first place, but an even bigger one for selling them for $22 a piece.

      And Russel Simmons, well he is just a disgusting hypocritical piece of shit.

  4. karlito

    pure and simple GREED. once people have lots of money, they want more and more and more. it becomes a game to them.

  5. Coyote

    I always new he was nothing but a heaping pile of Sh*t

  6. stevebeagle

    gotta love it…go to hang out with the dick nozzles at tent city & let em know your down with the cause,,then try & sell em overpriced T shirts..

    not toooo shallow.

  7. Applied rough tools

    “A hood rat and a scrotum”? Now here’s a leader I want to follow. Im serious, too. When was the last time you saw a leader grab important issues by the balls?

  8. MJB

    Wow, two multi-millionaire Rap guys trying to profit off a political movement. Rap is all about “appropriating” or “co-opting.” You don’t have to play an instrument. You don’t have to sing. You don’t have to even rhyme all that well.
    I only like old-school rap, Missy Elliot and M.I.A. ’cause at least I don’t hear the ‘bitches & hos’ stuff.
    I thought Jay-Z would be cooler than that but this is how a lot of people become rich—they lose or never use their integrity.

  9. Does OWS even have 501 (c) status? How about a bank account? What Jay-Z is doing is opportunistic, but before any OWS supporters get on his case and call him “greedy”, they should really get a handle on their own movement so they can hold people like him to the fire and say “Hey, fucker, use the name, support he cause. The donations go HERE.”

    • MJB

      Yes, OWS has 501 (c) status and, as far as I know, at least one bank account to receive donations. A lot of people involved in OWS are quite savvy. This is why Russell Simmons & Jay-Z are being called out.

      • POWW

        You are right—Former Acorn operatives and Union operatives are “quite savvy” Sure there are some people in OWS that really believe what they think they are protesting–but I’d say it’s a small minority. Have you heard these people speak! They are idiots.

      • MJB

        I’ve been down to OWS. I’ve met people who had white collar & blue collar jobs who’ve been laid off. People who got sick and didn’t have health insurance so they’ve lost everything. People right out of college who could only get work for minimum wage.
        Wake up! The middle and working classes have been under attack for decades. Weren’t tax breaks for the rich meant for job creation?
        Tax breaks for wealthy landlords meant for building maintenance? (I live in NYC)
        Stop watching Faux News and actually read economic reports and legitimate news sources. Here’s a thought, actually go to a OWS protest. Nah, you’re probably lazy.

    • Buddy the Elf

      Yeah its all Fox News fault.
      Thanks for showing your 3rd grade education MJB. Just another sheep.

      “Its the fault of the rich – penalize them for working hard and being successful. My life sucks.”

      • MJB

        Hey, Buddy the Elf, I went to grad school and I actually worked on Wall Street while in college & after college.
        I quit that b/c I hated working for selfish, conservative, ignorant assholes who don’t pay their fair share in taxes.
        You’re the sheep. Stop drinking the friggin’ Kool-Aid.

  10. AZRock

    How bout all the OWS’s and Gangsta Rappas join forces…. and jump into a Volcano.


    • D-chi

      Occupy Volcano Street? That’s a name I can bet behind.

      I would respect OWS a lot more if they actually all went home every night and just occupied during the day. And took more showers. And raped less women.

      • TomFrank

        Oh, those smelly hippies. Don’t they know that we’re fighting in Vietnam to keep Communism out of America and to protect their way of life? Take a shower! Get a haircut!

      • MJB

        And those damn feminists burning bras. Why do they want equality anyway? Doesn’t every woman just want to be a housewife only? What’s all this about careers and making the same amount per dollar for the same job and same amount of work. LOL
        A woman still only makes 75 cents for every dollar a man makes. *sighs*

      • AZRock

        They rape so they can being taken seriously?
        Wait what?

    • It’s pretty obvious that anyone committing crimes at OWS protests/encampments doesn’t really give a shit about the movement or they wouldn’t be doing crap that hurt the movement and thus aren’t part of the movement. It doesn’t take a genius to come to that conclusion.

      • Schmidtler

        I think it’s pretty clear that everyone at OWS isn’t really interested in solving the problems they’re bitching about, or one of them would have figured out to print up and sell t-shirts to make some money, instead of wasting all their time bitching about how “the 1%” make all the money. If you don’t like being under the thumb of ‘the man’, get out there and find a way to make money yourself – just like Jay-Z did!. Now that Jay-Z is out of this gig, I can step in and sell me some OWS t-shirts! Maybe my first design will be “I sat around bitching and smoking pot all day, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”. All proceeds will go towards hiring Pinkerton thugs to storm the OWS camps and bash in hippie skulls with batons.

  11. Duke

    Yo, a hustler’s gonna hustle. Sell your mom if you need some cash? A hustler’s gonna hustle. Prostitute your children for crack, meth and coke? A hustler’s gonna hustle. Live forever, forever ever. I got 99 problems but a fucking conscience ain’t one.

  12. Bob

    OWS had two accounts setup… in July. Months before the movement. So for a headless organization, there is someone calling the shots.

    So a 5013c was established in October. Now they have become a tax avoiding corporation they are “protesting.”

  13. skunk

    black people giving to charity? thats an oxymoron

  14. Deacon Jones

    Sounds like a pretty ******ish thing to do, if you ask me.

  15. Frank Burns

    All I know is that I’m going to attach “and is a scrotum” to the end of as many sentences as I reasonably can for the rest of the week:

    “This coffee from Panera got cold fast, and is a scrotum.”

  16. american bandersnatch

    “the first important social moment of 50 years.” Really?
    - MLK jr

  17. it had to be said

    A hood rat and a scrotum? They better hope he’s not a real hood rat. Shit gets real fast, hippies. This ain’t the dorms no more, son.

  18. Whatever

    Jay-Z is lame.

  19. It’s the most important movement in 50 years like we’re the most important people on the internet every saturday.

    Wait, scratch that, we’re pretty fucking important.

  20. Buddy the Elf

    All of the phony celebs trying to be a part of this movement are ridiculous.

  21. POWW

    Get a Grip MLJ. People can disagree. I happen to believe that capitalism does have one weakness and that is some people will take advantage and become greedy. Saying that, I’ll take Capitalism over Socialism anyday–warts and all.
    You don’t know what I watch or read so shut the F up.

    • MJB

      People can absolutely disagree. But you categorized the people involved in OWS as idiots. Mainstream media will broadcast protests abroad but they can’t do it in a fair manner here for OWS?
      Of course, they’re going to portray the protesters as dirty hippies and crazy radicals.
      That’s what they did in the 60s with the Vietnam and Civil Rights protesters.
      I don’t believe in Communism b/c it’s against human nature. But if the rich trampling on the backs of the middle and working classes is what Capitalism is about, Capitalism has to have limits.
      No corporate welfare and subsidies when the rich aren’t even creating jobs here anymore.

  22. Occupy a 6′ deep hole in the ground, assbag.

  23. kimmykimkim

    Nice. The “leader” of the “first important social moment in 50 years” called Jay-Z a scrotum. And the fact that these so-called protesters actually were stupid enough to buy these shirts without even noticing that they were being mocked, is probably why they can’t get a fucking job. Because they’re fucking idiots. The shit that I read and the protesters I see on the news in my city, they’re a bunch of fucking hippies. They’re filthy as fuck, some 14 year old run away was raped by a sex offender. What the fuck people. No one is taking you seriously, pack up your shit and relocate. You’ve become a nuisance. I’m sure I’m not saying anything different than what was said above but I haven’t read all that yet.

    • It’s a bold statement to call it an important movement of any kind, when I’ve yet to hear a coherent statement of what they are protesting, or what they want to change.

      • kimmykimkim

        No shit, thank you, McFeely! I don’t understand what the fuck they want. What are you protesting against? What exactly are you “for” people? Is this “occupying” thing supposed to be symbolic? Because, really you’re just loitering. My girlfriend’s band was talking about writing a song asking these questions and mocking these people and they’re actually wanting to go down to Occupy Dallas and play it. They should. It’d be fucking hilarious (and probably dangerous with all the rape and whatnot)

    • Vandinz

      Reading to tough for you?

      • kimmykimkim

        I’d have to really give a shit to read what all this occupy shit is about and honestly, I don’t care enough to research it. And if they were making any real point about what they want, I wouldn’t have to research it. So fuck it. And please don’t tell me what its all about. I really don’t care that much.

      • I had hundreds of “occupiers” camped outside my office for weeks, walked past them everyday, and even made a point to READ their signs and ASK them questions.

        To say they had no unified or even coherent message is being kind…it was basically a stationary flash mob for all the homeless, slacker teens, and mentally ill that would otherwise have been evenly distributed throughout the city.

  24. Perineum

    And now you see why that husband and wife were looking to trademark the “Occupy” slogans. Everybody was up in arms, but they had the foresight to realize this was coming eventually.

  25. “the first important social moment of 50 years”

    Really? I realize journalistic standards have slipped in this instant gratification age of the internet, but I’d really expect MOST people to be roughly aware of issues like the Vietnam War, Aparthied, Roe V Wade, and civil rights…see there was this guy named Martin Luther King Jr, he was in all the papers.

  26. Am I the only one who thinks “scrotum” is one of the funniest words in the English language? Or maybe it’s just because I relate it to the phrase “turkey-skin luggage”…

  27. j/k

    Lol, at least someone knows how to use Capitalism!

    Good for him!

  28. everyname tarnished

    “If you grew up with holes in your zapatos you’d be celebrating the minute you be havin’ dough.”-99 Problems
    He does what he knows. That is what people do when they choose not to learn outside their comfort zone.

  29. mrsmass

    were people dumb enough to buy these shirts? doesn’t this ass have enough money?

  30. Jade

    Jay-z is pretty brilliant actually.

    He just exposed that the Occupy movement is full of entitled lazy douchebags.

    People who are camping out protesting wealthy people, bitching that they can’t get jobs and everyone isn’t paying their way, blah blah blah.. they seem to have enough money to go buy these overpriced shirts, don’t they?

    Jay-z did absolutely nothing wrong. Businesses sometimes profit on the stupidity of others, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with having wealth; the problem lies in this false sense of entitlement the current younger generations have.

    • tits mcgee

      “they seem to have enough money to go buy these overpriced shirts, don’t they?”

      Um, yeah, because a thousand idiots bought those shirts, that means all the protesters are totally well-off and are just protesting to have something to do. Dude, I think OWS is fucking dumb and a waste of time, and when it fails, people will blame that on civil protest, not on that fact that there’s no organization or coherence to any of this bullshit. But to imply that everyone involved in this is some high hippie college kid is pretty dangerous, since there are countless people who lose everything when they get sick or when they laid off.

    • Jade

      The problem is the entitled lazy ones who complain because health coverage isn’t provided for them for free, yet choose to buy their smokes or take on car payments for a new car they don’t need, buy video games, or waste their money on other things are muddling the message.

      I feel genuinely bad for the people who are trying and struggling.

      I don’t give two shits for the entitled lazy people who are mad because they aren’t being handed everything for free, who think that they shouldn’t have to struggle, and who think that complaining is the right route to go instead of bettering their conditions.

      So.. those that are lazy and entitled, those who complain about the gov’t not providing them healthcare yet they choose not to buy it, I laugh at them buying the shirts and give a big high-five to Jay-z. I don’t feel sorry for people who make poor choices and refuse to provide for themselves. I don’t think Jay-z did anything wrong, and I think if you are going to be irresponsible you should at least take the blame for it instead of putting it on others.

  31. Dark

    Totally cool with this. JayZ is a terrible musician, and his wife is even worse. They are both as far from being rebels as you can get. They are the establishment. This Grim guy said more rebellious shit dissing Jay in a paragraph than Jay has said in years, or his dumb bitch wife has ever said at all. They both pander to the bullshit media industry, even though they have enough money to say fuck the industry and the establishment completely, but they don’t have the heart or the guts to do so.
    Fuck Russell Simmons as well, Selling his people out every day with that bullshit form of music.

  32. Hey, Jay-Z just joined the 1%!

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