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Jay Z Defends His Deal With Barneys After Racial Profiling Controversy

October 28, 2013 by Jessica C. Andrews
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The holiday season hasn’t even officially begun and already, shopping plans are swept up in controversy. After two shoppers came forward about racial profiling incidents at Barneys, 13,670 people signed a petition urging Jay Z to drop his collaboration with the luxury retailer. But the rapper isn’t ready to walk away from the multimillion dollar deal just yet. According to a new statement on his site, Life & Times, he doesn’t react off of emotion and is waiting for the facts. What facts does he need besides the report that a man was arrested for legally purchasing a $350 belt and a woman, spending her tax refund on a designer bag for her mother, was accused of credit card fraud? We’re not exactly sure.

But we do know that Jay Z will wait until tomorrow’s meeting between Barneys and community leaders like Al Sharpton before making a final decision. In the meantime, he’d like you to stop “demonizing” him and attacking his character, much like the attack on the people treated like criminals for buying a bag and a belt. As for profit, he says he’s not making a dime off his collab with Barneys and 25% of the revenue will go towards education for underprivileged kids through his foundation. While we’re ecstatic a portion of the proceeds will help put people through school, we can’t help but wonder if Jay thinks it’s OK to spend up to $33,900 of our hard-earned money at a company that practices discrimination — as long as some of it goes to charity. We just hope the kids from his foundation never have the urge to shop at Barneys for a designer bag.

For more on the rapper’s deal with Barneys, check out the petition to end the Jay Z x Barneys collaboration, a $33,900 piece from the collection and Jay Z and Barneys’ “New York Holiday.”

[Photo: Splash News/Instagram]

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