The revolution will be merchandised
Jay-Z is releasing a new line of T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday via his Rocawear clothing label, but he doesn’t plan to share any of the profits with the protesters.
The rapper was recently seen wearing one of the shirts, which tweaks the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” by crossing out the “W” and adding an “S” to make it read “Occupy All Streets.” The protests, which started Sept. 17 in New York, have since spread to Los Angeles and other cities as demonstrators protest corporate greed and corruption.
As the late British analytical philosopher Joseph Strummer would have observed, this is another case of “turning rebellion into money.” Is there any force more revolutionary than capitalism?
But The Man Can’t Bust Our Music! That’s what I say.