Damn, is Jay Z making OWS supporters that made? I guess so….. An angry sculptor who is angrier than mu%^$#*& that Sean Carter a/k/a Jay Z, who earned $63 million last year, would profit from people who were being arrested for what they believe to be one of the most important social justice movements of our generation, created a piece which he describes as a ‘Scrooge Totem Pole.’
The sculpture, created by artist Daniel Edwards, features Jay-Z wearing chains with a big dollar sign on his chest at the base and animated characters that have played the money-hungry Scrooge character on television stacked on top of him.
Above Jay is Mr. Burns from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Scrooge McDuck’ from Disney’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ and Richie Rich.
Daniel bumped his gums on why he chose to make the sculpture of Jay-z:
“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. 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 who has also been in the spotlight for his stance on OWS, bumped his gums as well… He spoke out in defense of his friend’s choice to sell ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees, saying that the movement isn’t being against business or branding, it’s just against those businesses controlling our government.
“What’s wrong with selling goodness? There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not the most preferred. In yogi scripture, at least, the highest form of giving is giving without expectation. Selfless. But a lot of people need incentive.
You should sell things you’re happy about. You should sell products that you’re inspired by, that promote lasting and stable well-being. Give the world something or sell the world something that you’re proud of. 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.
Listen, I’m going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process. No one’s against business. We’re against business having too much control over our government.”