November 14, 2011 04:05:29 GMT
The move is taken after the company comes under fire following admission that it has no plan to donate any of the proceeds from the T-shirts' sale to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Jay-Z's "Occupy All Streets" T-shirts are no longer for sale. Rocawear, the company co-founded by the "Empire State of Mind" rapper, has removed the T-shirts inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement from its website on Saturday, November 12, morning amidst controversy surrounding them.
The move came after the husband of Beyonce Knowles was heavily criticized for profiting off the protests without any plan to donate to the cause. Before the T-shirts were pulled, an Occupy Wall Street leader told TMZ, "Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum."
The person who identified himself as "Grim" continued on, "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."
Jay-Z was photographed wearing the T-shirt, which alters the phrase "Occupy Wall Street", backstage at his "Watch the Throne" concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. By Friday, November 11, the black tee became available for purchase with a price of $22 a piece.
The Business Insider, however, was quick to point out that Rocawear has no plan to donate proceeds to the the protest movement. A spokesperson for the company was quoted as saying, "The 'Occupy All Streets' T-shirt was created in support of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement."
"Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. 'Occupy All Streets' is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement."