The rapper was verbally attacked by OWS protesters a couple of weeks back when reports surfaced on the net that his Rocawear Occupy All Streets T-shirts would not monetarily benefit the movement. Now, an Occupy Wall Street artist has used Jay-Z as the muse for his latest creation: A stack of faces that includes Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, Scrooge McDuck from Disney’s Christmas Carol, Richie Rich and Jay-Z at the base, sporting a slew of chains around his neck and a money sign medallion.
“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against,” Daniel Edwards, the artist, said about the piece which he’s dubbed the Scrooge Totem Pole. “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.”
Russell Simmons, an OWS supporter himself, has since defended Hov, saying he has the right to sell things “you’re happy about.”
“What’s wrong with selling goodness?” he asked during a Billboard.biz interview. “There’s nothing wrong with it… You should sell things you’re happy about… Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] “F— the Bums on the Street.” He wrote a T-shirt “Occupy All Streets” – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement.
“No one’s against business,” he continued. “We’re against business having too much control over our government.”
Simmons also added that he is already working towards an Occupy Wall Street concert, saying, “We are definitely discussing it. We’re definitely working for permits. We’re definitely looking to make a huge impact. We’re actively working for permits. We’ll have one in our hands soon.”—Gina Montana