Jay Z Asked To Cut Ties With Barneys In Petition

posted Thursday October 24 ,2013 at 06:45PM CDT | 65 comments

Jay Z Asked To Cut Ties With Barneys In Petition

A petition has been launched asking Jay Z to end his business relationship with Barneys New York.

A petition has been launched asking Jay Z to end his business relationship with Barneys New York. 

Jay Z and Barneys are slated to release a holiday collection this year, "A New York Holiday." The partnership is scheduled to feature limited edition products to the retailer and interactive window displays for the holiday season.

The petition was launched following reported incidents in which Barneys allegedly discriminated against two African American customers, according to complex.com

On Tuesday (October 22), the New York Daily News reported about Barneys customer Trayvon Christian, who says he was detained by New York Police Department officials on suspicion that he purchased a $349 Ferragamo belt from Madison Avenue's Barneys store location with a fraudulent credit card. Christian was reportedly detained until NYPD officials determined that his credit card was authentic. 

On Wednesday (October 23), the New York Daily News reported that Barneys customer Kayla Phillips was stopped by NYPD officials after purchasing a $2,500 Celine purse because they believed she was guilty of committing credit card fraud. 

Phillips and Christian are planning to sue Barneys. 

Now, a petition on change.org is requesting that Jay Z end his partnership with Barneys New York. The petition was launched by Derick Bowers, a fan of Jay Z and a Brooklyn, New York resident, who says he feels Jay Z should be "appalled by Barneys' actions."

"If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer," Bowers says in the petition.

Jay Z spoke about his partnership with Barneys in a press release when it was announced in September. 

"With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy, and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces," Jay Z said in a statement. "Everything that encompasses 'A New York Holiday'—the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery—represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me."

 

To coincide with his lawsuit, Bowers also created a T-shirt that reads "Barneys New Slaves." The shirt design references Kanye West's "New Slaves." 

"You see it's broke nigga racism, that's that, 'Don't touch anything in the store,'" Kanye West raps on the track. "And it's rich nigga racism, that's that 'Come in, please buy more.'"

Bowers' shirt is on sale for $25 and all proceeds are slated to go to the Boys and Girls Club of America, according to complex.com. The t-shirt design can be viewed below.

RELATED: Jay Z & Barneys To Release Exclusive Holiday Collection

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  • Anonymous
    They won't get a dime.
  • Anonymous
    his name is Trayon not Trayvon you fucking idiots
  • Mable Labombard
    upto I looked at the check four $7647, I didnt believe that...my... cousin really taking home money part time at their laptop.. there brothers friend has been doing this for only about 16 months and just cleared the dept on their condo and bourt a new BMW. like this-----> http://smal.ly/GbJ3v
  • Anonymous
    where the fuck you gotta be looking to even see a picture of juelz santana in 2013??? thats what i wanna know
  • EZE
    Its 2013 and we still on the topic of race. Technology advances faster then our own societies face. Land of the free, and we are free but we still feel out of place. I think we need to stop over looking the fundamentals and rethink our mind set in a better way.
  • Anonymous
    What difference does it make whether he is making 6 figures or working for minimum wage? It is still HIS hard earned legal money! Does the fact that his money could've been better spent mean that Barney's should be allowed to discriminate against him?
  • Anonymous
    at least he wasn't there to buy a $300 skirt. glad to see young black boys trying to dress like juelz santana and not kanye west or asap rocky. I'm sure if he copped $1000 dollar skirt they wouldn't have arrested him.
    • Anonymous
      lol
    • Anonymous
      i dunno though. this is 2013 how does this kid even know who juelz santana is
  • Its Um
    He should not pull out of the deal, he should just let whoever wants to buy it, buy it, and if the people who think the store is racist then don't go in, support the local black man who selling his shit on the street.
  • HHFAN
    I'm 35, own my own business, 11 employees, black, and my net worth is in the upper 7 figures. Never in my life would I buy a $350 belt. I don't understand that shit and I'm curious to what these two people do for a living. I see black men & women that are obviously not making that much money with more expensive bags and shoes than I would buy for my wife myself. Or their kids have $150. It's not because we're cheap but these people don't understand that money is a tool. That same $350 could be used to pay for a computing certification or a workshop that could teach them not to work for low wages. Money circulates. You get out of it what you put into it. If you're trading 8 to 12 hours a day in the system and then turn around and use that money to give right back to the system ($350 belts, bottles of Champagne at the club, LeBron's new shoes) in stead of circulating it into something that will grow (savings, business, lending at increased interest) then you will forever be poor.
    • Anonymous
      Yeah I really don't get this obsession with big name fashion brands amongst heterosexual males! I'm all for having nice shit, but to care so much about designer brand names is just plain gay. You know what will always be in style?? Just a plain shirt. Black, white, grey and a nice pair of jeans!
    • illone
      While you have a point in general, these people could be (or aspiring to be) in the modeling/entertainment field where some aspect of their 'work' is fashion and the like. So having some fancy pants name brand trinket is actually advancing their career like a .Net Certificate would advance a software engineer.
    • SIG
      That was a good post man.
    • Anonymous
      he is actually in college paying tuition so quit. I bought my laptop for $1000 and i am not rich does that mean expensive. also he is 19, teenagers tend to show off. your comment is invalid.
    • Who
      @ all you! So you think you have a good Point and you just may have, But here is the truth to all you'll, if not for these black kids but these things most white company will be broke and here i go again, who are you to tell someone how to spend their money, waite let me guess only white suppose to have the findist things in life and you'll need to be real in today world 300. aint Jack, couldnt even pay rent twice in this city
    • Anonymous
      that was a great comment
    • Anonymous
      no it i wasnt a great comment. he is 35 with a family, trayvon is 19 and single. note the difference dummy.
    • Anonymous
      the kid said he spent his whole paycheck on the belt so he could look like juelz santana! shit it sad!
    • Anonymous
      he is 19. kids do that all the time. his mom probably takes care of him. get over it faggot.
    • EZE
      I say preeeeaach to this persons comment.
    • Anonymous
      yea hes only 19 and your 35 ..we all did this when we was young . atleast he did run outa the store with it
    • Anonymous
      "we all did this when we was young . " i dont know about you but the most money i ever spent on a belt was like $40! the only pieces of clothing i ever bought that cost more than $300 were ski/snowboard jackets
    • Anonymous
      when i was 17 i spent my whole paycheck on 2 turntables and a mixer i found on ebay!
    • Anonymous
      @ Who(?) His parent should have spent that money on a Hooked-on-Phonics set, bro. As a matter of fact, based on your comment you should go and spend some money on said set or better yet go and cop the English version of Rosetta stone 'cause you no hablo ingles, a writing class would help also, shall I go on?
    • venice0210
      This is so true, buying a purse or handbag for $2000+ makes no sense for a young black woman. There are so many better uses for that kind of investment. True it is her money, but if she's got it like that she should check her priorities!
  • Anonymous
    Is there anyone Rapper out there that have some fame and money that will stand up for what right, or when 2pac die that was it.
  • Naz
    Listen.... First off you can't judge a whole company based on one person. Do you know how many companies would be out of business if we put out a petition every time there was a case of racial profiling? Every company in America. There is always going the be a group of racist in every business! Secondly, why should Jay pull out of his deal? That would be crazy..do you guys honestly think if he did pull out that things would change? No. Helloooo people this is America! People pick and choose when they feel like things like this is important to speak about. If we really want this to change we should be protesting EVERY time it happens whether it's on a small scale or a big scale! Change comes with consistency not with how big of a scale the situation is on!
  • What
    Let see if money made the man or The man made the Money, Because if it were the other way around they would have cut ties with him or any other rapper, for saying less or doing less than they doing Period.
  • Anonymous
    anyone who spending all they money on a 350 belt to look like juelz santana needs serious help!
  • Har-magedon, G.O.D.
    Wealthy white folks don't buy that garbage.....
  • Har-magedon, G.O.D.
    " I found that while among them (our people in Washington D.C.) there was a large element of substantial, worthy citizens, there was a superficiality about the life of a large class that greatly alarmed me. I saw young coloured men who were not earning more than 4$ a week spend 2$ or more for a buggy on Sunday to ride up and down Pennsylvania Ave., in order that they might try to convince the world that they were worth thousands" Booker T. Washington. Nuff said.
  • Irish
    Clearly NYPD is tripping. Only African Americans spend $349 on belts and $2500 on fucking purses!
    • Naz
      You hit the nail right on the head with this one!
  • Anonymous
    Doesn't matter where the money goes it's Kanye's idea PAY THE MAN!!!! Artist can't be creating things and regular people take their craft put a corny spin on it and charge $25 dollars CRAZY!!!!!!