Update: Rocawear’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ Available for Sale
If you were planning to cop one of Jay-Z’s “Occupy All Streets” T-shirts then you’re a little too late. The rapper who originally set to capitalize off the idea of the Occupy Wall street movement with a spin off of the movement’s name is now a no-go.
The short-lived sale of the $22 T-shirts began on the Rocawear’s website Friday and ended on Saturday, and there has not been an explanation as of yet from Jay-Z or his camp about the decision to pull them. Rocawear’s take on the controversial slogan featured the “W” in “Wall” scribbled out and a “S” placed on the end of Street, a play on the fact the movement has become national, with “Occupy Oakland” and “Occupy Portland” being amongst the cities it’s spread. The movement represents the concerns of the “99 percent” of people in this country who aren’t benefiting from the economy.
This could have possibly lead to problems for Hov’s clothing line, especially since none of the proceeds were being donated to movement at all.
“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,” Grim, an “Occupy Wall Street” leader told TMZ.
Jay-Z can’t complain about cash as he is hip-hop’s highest earner in 2011 according to Forbes magazine. He and his wife Beyoncé are also music’s highest paid couple, with $72 million combined brought in during this past year. –Natelegé Whaley