Days after rap mogul Jay-Z‘s “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts were reportedly removed from Rocawear’s clothing website, the motivational line is back for sale.
According to reports, the shirts became available for sale again on Monday (November 14).
The revolution will not be merchandized! Or will it? Jay-Z’s Rocawear clothing line drew criticism last week for “Occupy Wall Street”-inspired t-shirts. Days after the $22 tees debuted in a photo tweeted by Russell Simmons, the label conceded (in a statement to Gawker) that, no, proceeds would not benefit the protest movement. Critics claimed victory when the shirts vanished from the online catalog — but on Monday they reappeared, for sale but back-ordered. The logo, noted the label rep, isn’t “Occupy Wall Street” but “Occupy All Streets, signifying “there is change to be made everywhere.” (And bank to be made as well.) (Washington Post)
Over the weekend, Jay’s message-driven clothing vanished from Rocawear’s website.
For Jay-Z, the week started out with acclaim, and ended with a controversial product vanishing from the website of his clothing line. Photos of Jay-Z wearing an “Occupy All Streets” t-shirt were posted on the Rocawear site with close-ups of the shirt and a statement that it was going on sale on Friday. By Saturday morning, the shirts had vanished from the Rocawear site. Tweets from the Rocawear and Roc4Life Twitter accounts published Friday touted the sale of the shirts, but the links to the retail page point to an empty page. (Wall Street Journal)
Last week, reports landed online claiming Jay’s shirts would not aid in the current Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.
Rocawear isn’t going to share its wealth. A Rocawear spokesperson sent us a statement confirming there’s no plan to distribute any of the profits, which will surely pour in from shirt sales, to Occupy Wall Street: 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. (Business Insider)
A few days prior, Hov was spotted rocking the t-shirt at his Madison Square Garden, New York City concert.
Jay-Z isn’t trying to Occupy Wall Street, he’s trying to Occupy All Streets. While backstage at his Watch The Throne concert, Jay rocked an “Occupy All Streets” t-shirt, as he snapped a few pictures with his good friend Russell Simmons. Jay-Z and Kanye West told us that somebody watch the throne, and the critics should have listened. DETAILS: Jay-Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne” Tour Dates While backstage at their Watch The Throne concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Jay-Z and Kanye were presented with platinum plaques for selling over a million records for Watch The Throne. (Global Grind)
Check out some recent Jay-Z footage below: