Politics

Jay-Z's Rocawear Drops Occupy Wall Street Clothing

| by Michael Allen

Facing heavy criticism for trying to cash in on the Occupy Wall Street movement, rapper Jay-Z and his Rocawear company have removed their 'Occupy All Streets' shirts from Rocawear.com, just one day after the shirts went on sale.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is said to be worth around  $450 million. He was photographed wearing one of the shirts as he stood next to music mogul Russell Simmons earlier this week.

 

Yesterday, Jay-Z began selling the T-shirts for $22, but a spokeswoman for Rocawear revealed the company had no plans to share the profits with Occupy Wall Street.

"At this time, we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement," the Rocawear rep said in a statement to Gawker.com.

The statement ignited a fire storm of criticism, and the shirts were quickly removed from the Rocawear website.

Before they were pulled, TMZ spoke with one of the leaders of the Occupy movement named 'Grim' who said: "Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum."

"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."