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

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.


Tags: Jay Z, Politics