The Occupy movements have been going on for sometime now. Their message of change has resonated with people across the world, including some movers and shakers among the music biz. Jeff Mangum
, Talib Kweli
, and Fitz and the Tantrums
have all stopped by Zuccotti Park to give performances and show support for the cause. Hell, even Kanye showed up to offer his support. Sort of
. So it makes sense that his new partner in crime, Hova himself, Jay-Z
would support the protesters too, right? Hold on to your hats, because things are about to get Shyamalan-ed.
Turns out that the Jiggaman supports the cause, as long as he is benefiting from it. Last week, Rocawear announced the release of a new t-shirt with the words "Occupy All Streets," featuring a scribbled out "W" in front of the "all." Now, it would make sense for benefits from the sales would go to benefit the protesters, but a representative for Rocawear said "'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." Not surprisingly, bad press on Friday led Rocawear to remove the shirt from their website
Now, it's understandable if you don't want to back the Occupy movements, vocally or financially. That's your business and that is fine. But to make a shirt to capitalize off of a protest that is against big business and the wealthy taking advantage of the little guy is just in poor taste. Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but he is undoubtedly in the 1%.