Jay-Z Responds to Barneys Racial Profiling Controversy

Music mogul says he's being 'demonized' amid department store backlash

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Jay-Z released a statement Saturday in response to public outcry over his partnership with luxury department store Barneys, which has been accused racial profiling.

“Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education,” he said in his statement. Jay-Z’s holiday collaboration benefits his Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides scholarships to minority students.

The Brooklyn-born music mogul was silent following the first report of racial profiling Wednesday, which prompted angry fans to take to Twitter and more than 14,000 signatures on a Change.org petition calling on Jay-Z to pull his partnership.

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” Jay-Z said in the statement.

[Associated Press]

7 comments
DonaldApples
DonaldApples

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” 

If that was true you wouldn't have been rallying for Trayvon Martin. 

The truth is you don't let emotion get in the way of making money. 

JAllen
JAllen

Jay-Z has the right to think for himself. He's a grown man.  He is NOT responsible to anyone besides his family.  PERIOD

Mariah76857
Mariah76857

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entise42
entise42

75% of the profits will go into Jay Z’s pocket; Jigger has a mortgage to pay…THOSE ARE THE FACTS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!But the unfortunate part of the situation is that this man has not sold any music since the days of DJ Clue (over 10 years), his only income seems to be from sponsorships, like Puffy/ Diddy. As everyone in Mercy (Projects) that know the Carters… that family will sell their own out for a Ritz cracker; Jay Z’s 6 hour psycho chant of the same song repeatedly, should have given people incite in this creature’s mind? Some Tom’s are just worse than others!

1thru99com
1thru99com

The hell with you Jay Z..  Now tell us why your baby looks like Kenye West and not your ugly drug dealing ass.. 1thru99dotcom

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Objectively speaking, Jay-Z has been FAR more professional in handling this issue (not controversey).

Jay-Z has decided to put cool, calm reason ahead of passionate, subjectivity-driven rants.

In this instance, he is behaving better than the media, who (in a drive for generating "everyone's a racist"-based non-controversies) have totally blown this "story" out of proportion.

If the media followed Jay-Z's example, the public would not have to suffer through these sob-stories.


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