Last week, Jay-Z caught the ire of Occupy Wall Street protestors when his company, Rocawear, created an ‘Occupy All Streets’ t-shirt inspired by the movement. Although Russell Simmons hailed Jay’s decision to sell the shirts, many in the movement felt that Hov was trying to cash-in on a movement that protests corporate greed and excess.
Well, now, an artist has turned Jay-Z into a timeless symbol greed: Scrooge.
In a sculpture that features the heads of Richie Rich, Mr. Burns of the Simpsons, Scrooge McDuck, and a jewelry-clad Jay-Z. The artist, Daniel Edwards, says he made the statue because Jay-Z has ‘turned scrooge.’
Edwards explains, “I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. Maybe Jay-Z is striving to be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”
Despite his company’s effort to capitalize on the ‘Occupy’ movement without sharing the profits, Jay-Z has put people to work. Through his 40/40 nightclub, the new Nets basketball stadium in downtown Brooklyn, and his various ventures, Jigga has definitely helped people earn a living. However, his attempt to tap into the ‘Occupy’ movement without sharing the wealth seemed tone deaf and insensitive.
What do you think of Daniel Edwards’ scrooge sculpture?