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? 

 

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  • Interesting discussion. I absolutely love the art. Didnt really follow the whole t-shirt thing and how Jay-Z profited, but I will say that any business person recognizes an arbitrage opportunity. Touchy subject yes, but I think whats always left out of these discussions is the idea of personal pursuit. I do my best to let folks “do them” without letting it affect me too much, because I then become distracted. However, this discussion compelled me to post because I am a business owner. I teach youth and adults about money and deliver one-on-one money management counseling. I am launching a campaign next year called Choose Wealth. When we discuss money, the rich, the poor, I always ask myself, if people were where they want to be financially, would their opinions of others and what they do change? Would others be as critical of opportunities that others take, financially? Regardless of the answers, I encourage us all to take our attention from the occupiers and Jay-Z and put it on ourselves. Become more financially literate, fiscally responsible and strive for your own personal and generational wealth. You’ll find that youre too busy to care either way what Jay does or doesnt do. Further, you may explore an opportunity to take your ideas from thoughts to actions and seek funding from someone like Jay-Z…sometimes, you never know. Choose Wealth. yourcommunitree.com