Jay Z Releases Statement About Barneys Controversy

"Gimme a couple years, shit, I might just sneak in / A couple words, and like Peaches & Herb / We'll be reunited and it feels so hood / Have the whole world saying 'How you still so good?'" - Jay-Z on "Dear Summer"

Jay Z’s planned holiday collaboration with luxury department store chain Barneys has come under fire in recent days after claims of racial profiling by the company prompted Brooklyn resident Derick Bowers to petition Jigga to cut ties with the distributor. So far, Jay has been silent about the situation, but he recently addressed the controversy, releasing a statement via his website Life+Times. Check it out, below.

“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.”

– Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

[via Life+Times]

  • John Hamilton

    What a house slave to make a statement like that. Did it take him days to write that thought out statement? Don’t swallow this shit, no businessman doesn’t take a cut for their work. Don’t get fooled by this coward. Let’s see the papers and where the money going.

    • Dr. Spaceman

      Better watch your mouth throwing words like “house slave” around while being a dorky backpack wearing white guy.

    • YungSauce

      I understand your point, but “house slave” is not the word you wanna use here.

      • a Social Dragonfly

        I think we’re being trolled

  • Race B

    Watch ya mouth white boy…! You don’t know the man or anything about him. Dam fools always speaking what they don’t know..

  • Star Matic

    business as usual, business before taking a stand… what would he loose if he did dop barneys? He has more than enough money and credentials to work with another company. However he is a money man now and his decisions are made accordingly

    • Ronald Jack

      Why are people blaiming Jay for the racist acts of individuals who work at Barney’s? He shouldn’t be attacked the people who discriminated should.