Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street Shirts Aren’t Helping OWS

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Musician Jay-Z attends the UJA 2011 Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on June 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images) Photo: Ben Hider/2011 Ben Hider

Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line recently released a shirt that says "Occupy All Streets" (you can see Jay wearing it here), but so far the company has "not made an official commitment to monetarily support [Occupy Wall Street]," a company spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter. According to a statement, "Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. 'Occupy All Streets' is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street." Consider yourselves reminded, protesters: Sentiments are almost as valuable as actual resources, and when a near-billionaire starts selling products with your message on it, it's just to encourage people to change.