Last year, Jay-Z was among the most supportive celebrities behind Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent sister movements. But, now, things have changed as Jay-Z began to question Occupy Wall Street in an interview for the New York Times.
Head royalty of the New York City made protesters’ day last year, when he began wearing and selling Occupy Wall Street T-shirts. But after almost a year, Jay-Z changed his mind and according to his interview with the New York Times, it’s likely he’s not supporting Occupy Wall Street any longer.
Jay-Z is into politics and business, just as much as he is into music. In 2011, he started selling through his company Rocawear Occupy Wall Street- related T-shirts. While he hasn’t disclosed where the revenues went, the rumor has it all earnings went into the 99 Percent movement. “Occupy All Streets is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street” the company then said.
Now, in an interview with New York Times, Jay-Z has a different take on Occupy All Streets. The rapper questioned the movement’s message and defended free enterprise. “What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?”asks Jay-Z. “I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly. Because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that’, that’s not true” the rapper added.
He admitted that “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”. But it’s not the same thing when it comes to “being an entrepreneur”. Jay-Z was firm on that saying that’s “free enterprise. This is what America is built on”.
Jay-Z confessed he talked to fellow businessman Russell Simmons about the Occupy All Streets movement. “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 we know? Jay-Z asks.
In the meanwhile, Jay-Z stands by Barack Obama as president. In May he told CNN, Obama makes a far better choice for the U.S. than Mitt Romney. While later on, Obama introduced Jay-Z at a festival in Philadelphia, saying the rapper is the best example of what “Made In America” is all about.