See, we thought Jay-Z was totally cool with the Occupy Wall Street movement. He certainly didn’t have a problem co-opting their message for his own benefit last year when his clothing company, Rocawear, started selling T-shirts labeled “Occupy All Streets.”
And yet, after reading his interview in last weekend’s The New York Times style magazine, we don’t know if Hova’s heart was ever really with the folks who made so much noise down in Zucotti Park. Here’s the key quote:
“I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know? Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.” Hmm.
Jay-Z’s message, in other words: It’s terrible when the rich and powerful manipulate the vulnerable and use their disproportionate share of political power to sway public sentiment in the interest of profits above all else. Except when I do it.
We might call this bad PR for Occupy, but the public’s fascination with/support for the movement appears to have taken a bit of a nose dive; we have a feeling the Sept. 17 anniversary of the original gathering will not attract as much attention as organizers might like.
Still, the movement remains active, and some prominent members made a point of stating their displeasure with the Jay-Z interview; Occupier “Guitarmy” just announced plans to hold a “teach-in” event outside one of the rapper’s upcoming Barclay’s Center shows in Brooklyn later this month. While we appreciate the sentiment, we don’t think Hova will be able to hear the Occupy message over thousands of screaming fans.