Iconix Brand Group, the company that owns RocaWear, and Jay-Z decided to pull their controversial “Occupy All Streets” t-shirt amid harsh criticism from people who felt the urban clothing brand was capitalizing off a sensitive subject.

According to TMZ, Occupy Wall Street protestors took exception to the middle-aged living Hip-Hop legend capitalistic swagger, releasing the following satement:

“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”

Many of the Occupy protestors are putting Hip-Hop stars — many of whom come from the poverty stricken childhoods — in precarious situations when it comes to supporting the movement. Last month, Russell Simmons was greeted with hostile jeers from protestors that believed he was as much as the problem as Wall Street gamblers traders.

What do think? Do you feel Jay-Z was trying to exploit the Occupy movement or help it?

  • Mahogany

    I am glad that he changed his mind. Althought the concept was good I don’t think his intentions were.

  • sunshyne84

    It looks like he’s making a mockery of it.

  • starr

    This is what happens when celebrities just jump on a cause, because its fashionable…and I don’t mean that literally. Chances are they really down understand the cause, don’t care and aren’t being sincere. The statement was harsh, but it was well deserved. What was he thinking?

  • LemonNLime

    “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”

    YES!!! I’m SO happy the protesters were on to this and made their opinions known!

  • http://nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    The interesting thing is instead of making a commitment to give some of the proceeds to somehow benefit the Occupy movement they pulled it all together. Wasted opportunity.

  • fuschia

    I do believe he was exploiting the movement by trying to capitalize, and I’m glad he pulled the shirt.

  • African Mami

    He is a 99% trying to capitalize on capitalism…shame on him!!!!

    Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum

    That line right thurrrrrrr describes my exact sentiments!! LOVE IT…they went innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn ((Lil Wayne voice)

  • pink

    Jay Z should be embarrassed…..although it’s hard to say if they wanted to help get the OWS word out or if they were taking advantage of a cause. At any rate Jay has millions and won’t miss the money

  • African Mami

    @ pink

    girrrrll it’s not hard to say what they were doing…just because he is a millionaire doesn’t mean he doesn’t wanna another milli in his account. HE WAS JUST GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDY!

  • pink

    sunshy: I’m not sure about your mockery take on this. I think it was more of capitalizing on a situation.

  • http://@clnmike Clnmike

    Welcome to America where the revolution will be televised and commercialized.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    LIKE THIS COMMENT!!

  • http://FiickAppeal.com Flick Appeal

    The thing is if he gave the proceeds away then it will look like he’s siding with them, and that would piss off all his investors. He probably could care less about the movement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    Good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    Technically, Jay-Z is a one-percenter. He’s come a long way from the Marcy Projects.

  • iQgraphics

    I’m glad he pulled them but my question is: What is he going to do with the shirts that were already silkscreened?

    This is jigga. He printed at least 1000 of these already…

  • man who reads

    You just don`t embarrass US like that!!! They have LITIGATORS TOO. oops?

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