Jay-Z came under heavy criticism for what his critics perceived as a greedy attempt to capitalise on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Now the 99 Problems rapper is doing an about face and dropping his protest themed line of T-shirts.
The musician 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.
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 the 99%.
‘At this time, we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement,’ the Rocawear rep said in a statement to the news website 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.’
The protests, which began in mid-September in New York City against corporate greed and corruption, have since spread to several cities across the nation, including Los Angeles.
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