Jay-Z Facing Criticism Over Occupy T-shirts

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November 14, 2011 | 7:30am EST

Jay-Z has come under fire from Occupy Wall Street protesters after his clothing company launched a T-shirt in support of the campaign, but decided against donating any of the proceeds.
The rapper’s fashion line Rocawear has been selling tops emblazoned with the slogan ‘Occupy All Streets’ in reference to the anti-corporate greed movement which hit headlines in New York in September and has since spread to cities across the globe.

A Rocawear representative has confirmed the T-shirts are linked to the protest, but do not offer a monetary donation, telling Gawker, “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.”

However, the move has prompted criticism from those involved in the Wall Street protest.

Patrick Bruner, spokesman for Occupy Wall Street, says in a statement, “Naturally there will be some bloodsuckers who come out of the woodwork. We have a screen-printers guild on camp, and it’s easy to find many other T-shirts that actually benefit the cause… A much better way to show your support for Occupy Wall Street would be to show up and participate in this momentous occasion and help to shape a new and better future.”

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