Jay-Z: No occupying my cash

The “Occupy” movement has attracted its share of stars willing to share their stardom to bring attention to the cause against Wall Street greed, but at least one is drawing the line at the cash register.

Rocawear, founded by Jay-Z,  has come out with a T-shirt emblazoned with “Occupy All Streets” to spread the news that “there is change to be made everywhere” and not just on Wall Street.

But if Occupy Atlanta and other offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement expect to cash in on Jay-Z’s show of support, they may be disappointed. Rocawear says it isn’t sharing any of the revenue from the T-shirt sales, according to a Business Insider report.

“At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement,” the company said in a statement.

Some might say Beyonce’s hubby is just co-opting the cause to line Rocawear’s pockets with cash. Others, however, may look at it and say business is business -  capitalism at its finest.

Christopher Seward

56 comments Add your comment

Beaner

November 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

Typical *&^%$

CapitalistPatriot

November 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

Yes it is “…capitalism at it’s finest…”. It is taking advantage of an opportunity to sell goods or services to willing consumers.

America has always been – and will always be a capitalist nation. If you do not like capitalism – leave at your earliest convenience.

Ron

November 11th, 2011
1:25 pm

What is a “Jay-Z?” Pathetic t hugs.

Denise

November 11th, 2011
1:27 pm

PLEASE READ THIS!!! Before everyone starts the Fight Fest and Name calling…let’s stop looking to “Entertainers” to do ANTYHING for us. The only thing ALL entertainers care about is the bottom line…how much did I make? And who helps them make their loot??? Everyday people who purchase their music, go see their movies, go to see them play sports, etc. Well it’s time that they ALL feel the pinch too. How about keeping your cash in your pocket and do something for yourself, your family or some who could use a hand up…not a hand out. I’m just saying…

M1

November 11th, 2011
1:29 pm

bunch of red necks it seems, go get a budweiser and watch the cma’s and look for that missing tooth. Yeah and im white. I said it. What? people always hating on the black man cause he made it. Well more power to Jay he worked his A** off for it.

M1

November 11th, 2011
1:31 pm

Also look in to all the charity work etc that Jay Z does before you call the man greedy. He has done more than 99% of the people out there with money. Do your homework first morons

ATLguy

November 11th, 2011
1:39 pm

You cant argue with the fact that its another smart business decision. When there is money to be made, he who strikes first!!!!

Lordsmith

November 11th, 2011
1:41 pm

M1 charity work!Brother let me hip you to why these brothers and sisters give to these charity ITS A TAX WRITEOFF!!!! and you better believe they are still getting something out of it as well.PERIOD

Swanzae

November 11th, 2011
1:43 pm

@M1 whatever, he is being very selfish. It has nothing to do with him being black white green or blue. Some of the same Occupy Atlanta folks probably purchased his merchandise, his cd’s etc…. Yeah he may give to charity but that’s a tax write off. I guess Occupy Wal Street is not a “charity” so no need to contribute.
@Denise, entertainers are supposed to entertain, and as you say the everyday people got them where they are. Why don’t we take it a step further stop purchasing their merchandise, let them feel the pinch. Stop reveling in their success and let’s be successful in our everyday lives. Stop looking at them as if they were idols, and recognize they are just people.

SMH!

November 11th, 2011
1:47 pm

Jay-Z is a pathetic thug? Wow! Thugs aren’t millionaires that own several businesses and sports teams. How much cash on hand do you have Ron?

ellie

November 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

so what if its a tax write off—-did YOU donate to charity to get a tax write off too???? Laws are laws, the idiot trying to get of these write offs and make charities suffer is in the white house right now….so think about it…. CHARITIES DEPEND ON THESE TAX WRITE OFFS, or no one would donate, especially people like you….

just me

November 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

There will be no profits…. who wears Rocawear anymore?

Rocawear still exists?

November 11th, 2011
1:54 pm

I used to Roc it hard back in the day, but im sure no one wears Rocawear anymore. At least puffy got smart and sells ties.

MARTA Rida

November 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

Jay Z worked for his empire. He came from humble beginnings and is a well respected member of the hip hop community. He has donated millions to charity and help bring professional sports back to Brooklyn.

KSU Alum

November 11th, 2011
1:58 pm

@SMH! 1:47pm

Not that JZ is a thug (I have no opinion on that comment), but millionaires can be thugs. Saddam Hussein was quite wealthy. Still a thug. Qaddafi was also immensely wealthy. Still a thug. Just because someone owns ‘businesses and sports teams’ doesn’t mean they can’t be a $hiat-bag. They’re people just like us.

duder

November 11th, 2011
2:01 pm

If the Occutards are ‘tarded enough to buy his shirts, then power to him to make money off their hypocrisy.

M1

November 11th, 2011
2:03 pm

im just firing back at some people on here I wasnt trying to convince anyone of anything. He worked for what he has. As far as a thug maybe when he was a young teen 20 years ago. Tax write of yes but its still a donation that most wouldnt make. Yes its a let down to some of the people in the street that support him but its his move. Lets worry more about are government screwing us than Jay Z. Ever wonder where all these new viruses and strands come from……..you guess it your own government so they can rake in millions more in pharmacy and medical fields. Go ahead see if china can keep helping us out and when we the people pay it back it never goes back to where we got it from and we just raise the debt ceiling. Third world country here we come. We are all puppets as sad as it sounds.

Ron is a Moron

November 11th, 2011
2:03 pm

@Ron…Jay-Z is Lindsay Lohan but not white and coke and meth! That is the definition of a thug in the industry…better yet, she is gansta!!!!

P.S. could it be that you are pathetic!

Money, cash, hypocrisy | ATL malcontent

November 11th, 2011
2:05 pm

[...] offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement expect to cash in on Jay-Z’s show of support, they may be disappointed. Rocawear says it isn’t sharing any of the revenue from the T-shirt sales, according to a [...]

Flash

November 11th, 2011
2:11 pm

It is his money he owes no one anything

ROB

November 11th, 2011
2:19 pm

He doesn’t own RocaWear anymore. Sold it for like $200 million… Somebody in the marketing department made this decsion. Jay-Z just gets a paycheck to keep his name tied to the company. Whoever makes the day to day decsions will decide on any charitable donations.

Ron Burgundy

November 11th, 2011
2:22 pm

I think Jay-Z and the Occupiers have an awful lot in common….

Neither one of them are worth the Charmin Extra Soft they wipe their butts with.

Jigga-who, Jigga-what!?

RenaP

November 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

MARTA Rida

November 11th, 2011
1:55 pm
Jay Z worked for his empire. He came from humble beginnings and is a well respected member of the hip hop community. He has donated millions to charity and help bring professional sports back to Brooklyn.

“well respected member of the hip hop community” – isn’t this an oxymoran?

joe

November 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

Cap Patriot has it right…our capitalistic society will not change no matter how many commies, socialists or occutards take to the streets. Best participate in capitalism or move to Canada or a former soviet block state. Jay Z is smart for getting all he can, which is what we all should be striving for…those who don’t sleep in tents and catch TB.

team#duder

November 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Occutards…now that is funny! lol… but I agree w/ duder!

Marie

November 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

Well at least he’s not being a phony like Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Alex Baldwin, and some of these other celebs who “supposedly” are supporting OWS. If these protestors were not so starved for attention they would tell these clowns to go back to their lifestyles of the rich and famous. All of them including fat Michael Moore have dealings with Wall Street and have benefited from free markets and capitalism. They are also a part of the evil 1% that this bunch claim are a part of the problem. NOT ONE OF THE is willing to part with their own wealth. Russell Simmons even promotes a Rush card (a fake Visa or MasterCard) that does nothing more than “exploit” people who are struggling financially.

What?

November 11th, 2011
2:43 pm

How is this any different than the occupiers themselves trying to register “Occupy” as a trademark? Hint- you register trademarks to profit from their use. Give it a rest people, we are all the 100%.

Typical Redneck

November 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

KSU, both those guys were thieves, not thugs.

Native NYer stuck in the south

November 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

How hypocritical. If anyone but a rapper (and gasp! A successful one at that!) had implemented this idea, the haters on this thread wouldn’t have any problem with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Jay Z’s only doing what all you republican southerners claim everyone should do – get your own, hold on tight, and don’t share anything. I’m shocked you’re not applauding Jay Z’s business acumen.

jewcowboy

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

Seems like a kind of tacky move…but then so is most of that line of clothing so no big surprise there. I wonder if he would mind if I came out with an “Occupy Roca” line of t-shirts…

Kyle

November 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

What are you talking about M1? Those people on Wall Street protesting are far from being Rednecks. Rednecks would agree with Jay Z when it comes to keeping your money and not giving it to the Government to give to someone with two arms and two legs that doesn’t want to work for a living but wants everything given to them.

Chris White

November 11th, 2011
2:55 pm

capitalism, I love this country

1st year Ga Tech MBA #22

November 11th, 2011
3:14 pm

these comments are very entertaining…I’ve seen and heard it all LOL

Texas Tea

November 11th, 2011
3:19 pm

SMH!,

The size of a man’s wallet is not always the telling story of success and heroism. Jaz-Z is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the exact same wealth that these Occupy people are fighting against. They don’t want him making that kind of money, because they want of piece of that money that he earned, not them. What’s the difference between Jay-Z and the CEO of Bank of America or Coca Cola? Heck, Jay-Z makes more than they do, as do all of these athletes out there. Why is it the ones that actually educate theirselves and run successful businesses get the bum rap instead of those ones out there making it in entertaining and sports that doesn’t require much intelligence, just ability. I am an athlete and have no problem with the money all these people bring home, as it is their right to make as much as they can, but it is pathetic that these Occupy people are only beating down the doors of CEO’s, but praise and spend their money on entertainers and athletes that make more than these CEO’s and don’t even share any of theirs either.

Chuck

November 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

I love how the “Occupy Whereever” poeple think it is the ultra rich peoples fault that everyone else is not rich.If Paul Allen or Bill Gates had a few less billions of dollars, that doesn’t Otis the drunk down on the corner or Amy the meth head laying off in the gutter will all of a sudden have plenty of money and no problems in their life. Most people that are truely poor have their own decisions to blame for their lot in life. If you quit school at 16, decided to be a drunk or dope head, decided to have a bunch of kids that you couldn’t afford, buy a house you couldn’t afford, go into debt for a car that cost too much, only accept a job that you feel is not beneath you, only give half an effort at school or work, waste money on video games, flat screen televisions, or rims when you can’t afford rent or food, buy a ton of lottery tickets every week, smoked yourself into sickness, eatten yourself into sickness, drank yourself into sickness,spend every extra dime you ever made instead of setting some aside for savngs, go clubbing 2 to 3 times a week, if any of this things apply to you, then you financial situation is no one fault but your own and making the government steal money from more successful people to help you out is pathetic. Take care of you and yours and don’t spend so much time worrying about other people.

Jason

November 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

So somebody just compared Jay-Z to the mastermind of 9/11 and Sadam, really people get a life its ok to not comment on something or someone you no nothing about. I can defend Jay-Z until my face turn blue but you all ready have you opinions even though they are very extreme. If he offer to pay your rent or mortgage got a feeling you would take the money.

So why is Jay Z a Thug But Not Paris or Lohan

November 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

What could it be?

joe whtie

November 11th, 2011
3:40 pm

Jay Z how about promoting your first born and not just this child you having by that none singing wife of yours.

So why is Jay Z a Thug But Not Paris or Lohan

November 11th, 2011
3:42 pm

Pretty sure with the 300+ million he has made over his career that the child will be well promoted mr. Whitie

JD

November 11th, 2011
3:47 pm

Jason

November 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

was you in the bed when Jay conceived his first son once again people commenting on something they no nothing about. You heard someone else say it so it must be true. If Jay does have another child the only person he have to tell is Beyonce and since they have been together for 12 years, she support her man with whatever.

willydoit?

November 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’m just glad to see someone actually making money off all of these pathetic Occupy losers.

Class of '98

November 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

Jason, was you in bed when they taught proper grammar in school? It’s apparently something you “no nothing” about.

DarkBrown

November 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Chuck makes very good points.

Jason

November 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

I agree with everything Chuck said that’s why I hate we bailed out the banks and wall street, screw them they did things they couldn’t afford.

DarkBrown

November 11th, 2011
4:21 pm

Actually, Class of ‘98, the PROPER GRAMMAR for YOUR question should have been:

WERE you in bed when they taught proper grammar in school?

Hova Fa Life

November 11th, 2011
4:34 pm

All this hating… You know the negatve comments are from Redneck cat, who just beat his wife, brushed his one tooth, and just finished making moonshine and cooking Meth, and Road kill on the same fire.
Born and Breed Nyer…

Terry

November 11th, 2011
5:05 pm

Why don’t you occupy the White House? They are the one’s that gave all our money away to their stimulus buddies. Big Failed Green(Red) Companies, Big Media, Big Politicians, Big Wall St CEO’s, not regular Wall St dudes.. Those tools are all sitting up in the Hamptons laughing at all the money they stole from us in middle America.

katiep427

November 11th, 2011
5:12 pm

Well said CapitalistPatriot, well said

Tell it

November 11th, 2011
5:26 pm

Well said Chucky.

Underachieving isn’t a black or white issue, it’s a personal issue. If you’re angry at everyone else because they’re successful you should spend that time contemplating why your not.

We’ve turned into a bunch of whining victims mad because others are doing what we’re to lazy to do.