Jay-Z Co-Opts OWS Movement for Profit, Misses the Whole Point of OWS
1:26 pm, November 11th | by Amy Tennery
Yes, Jay-Z will take your slogan and no, he will not pay you for it. Thankyouverymuch.
With all the talk of trademarking the term “Occupy Wall Street,” it was only a matter of time before a high-profile celebrity decided to use it for his own profit. And that high-profile celebrity appears to be Jay-Z.
The rapper and Rocawear entrepreneur is releasing a new collection of t-shirts with the slogan “Occupy All Streets,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. And, as you can see from the image above, there’s not much denying that it’s directly derived from “Occupy Wall Street.”
But it gets worse.
A Rocawear spokesperson told Business Insider that Rocawear has no plans to use any of the proceeds from the sales of the shirt to support OWS:
“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.”