Am I Being Demonized?! Jay-Z Responds to Barneys Scandal, Petition: Why Am I Being Demonized?!

Jay-Z has responded to the ongoing racism scandal
involving Barneys, saying he is being demonized as a
result of something he had nothing to do with.
Barneys New York, the luxury retailer Jay partners with
in business, is accused of racially profiling a black
customer for simply trying to buy a fancy belt.
Trayon Christian says he was arrested at Barneys after
employees assumed he was a thief - even though all his
IDs and credit cards were totally legit.
A second black shopper then came forward with similar
The backlash spawned a petition and
Twitter movements demanding that Jay Z respond ,
given his highly-touted collaborations with Barneys.
While the brand's CEO Mark Lee issued a statement in
which he offered his "sincere regret and deepest
apologies," Jay Z remained silent until now:
"I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on
facts and the outcome of a meeting between community
leaders and Barneys," Jay wrote.
"I speak based on facts, not emotion. Why am I being
demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a
newspaper for not speaking immediately?"
Black Student Arrested For Buying Designer Belt
The musician and entrepreneur emphasized that
proceeds from his Barneys collaboration are going to his
charity, The Shawn Carter Foundation, noting:
"This money is going to help individuals facing socio-
economic hardships to help further their education at
institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of
creativity and charity… not profit."
"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."
"I am against discrimination of any kind. But if I make
snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I
committing the same sin as someone who profiles?"
Definitely a restrained reaction, and some food for
thought. Another frequent collaborator, Kanye West, had
no such intentions, going OFF on Barneys.
During his October 25 concert in Las Vegas, Kanye West
said "f--k racism" and more about the case, adding,
"Don't touch anything in the store."
"Excuse me, that's that 'Can I help you sir?' That's that
racial profiling out in front of Barneys and s--t. Talking
about, 'Did you steal that?'"
Tags: Jay Z , Celebrity Fashion, Celebrity Scandals

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