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Jay-Z sells “Occupy Wall Street” T-shirts, keeps all the profits

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Jay-Z has been down to Zuccotti Park, but not to hang out with Russell Simmons and join in the protests. He's been plastering the area with flyers promoting his new line of Occupy-Wall-Street-themed T-shirts, released by his clothing company, Rocawear. And he's already getting flack since, unlike what you may have hoped for from a prominent millionaire interacting with a social movement, he has no intention to support the movement with the money he makes. 

A representative from Rocawear gave the following statement

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.

Now, before you feisty right-wingers have a conniption fit, I acknowledge that it's his good old-fashioned capitalist right to do this. (Also, no one's really anti-capitalist, so much as anti-systemized inequality and under-regulated capitalism, but that's a story for another time.)

Regardless, it's still disappointing. The shirts are a great endorsement of the mainstream staying power of OWS, sure, but wouldn't it be nice if he were going to give even, say, a portion of the money he made to the movement? The Occupiers could certainly use it, and he can certainly afford it. In fact, he'd probably get great press from it and perhaps even sell a few more T-shirts. 

On a related note, can anyone come up with a really good "99 Problems" / 99% pun? He's got ninety-nine problems but having his unemployment benefits expire after ninety-nine weeks without a job like a laid-off worker who found himself on the wrong side of America's inequality divide ain't one… is all I've got.