After rap mogul Jay-Z sparked mixed reactions by revealing plans to sell “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts which would not financially benefit Occupy Wall Street protestors, Rocawear has reportedly dropped the campaign.
According to reports, Jay’s Rocawear site mysteriously removed the t-shirts over the weekend.
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)
This weekend, reports emerged online claiming Jay’s pro-protest shirts would not aid in the 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)
The shirts were reportedly set to be sold for just over twenty dollars.
The “99 percent” have got money problems — but Jay-Z’s got none. The millionaire rap mogul is set to make a mint by hawking T-shirts based on the Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist movement. The shirts bear the words “Occupy Wall Street,” with red graffiti spray altering the slogan to read “Occupy All Streets.” They went on sale yesterday for $22 on Jay-Z’s Rocawear Web site. The music star — comfortably among the richest “1 percent” of Americans that is the focus of the protesters’ rage — has not committed to giving any of his T-shirt proceeds to the drum-beating beatniks occupying Zuccotti Park. (New York Post)
Earlier in the week, Young Hov was spotted rocking the message-driven 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 recordsfor Watch The Throne. (Global Grind)
Check out some recent Jay-Z footage below: