With the grumbling over his collaboration with Barneys becoming to loud to ignore, Jay Z released a statement via Life + Times portal saying he has no immediate plans to bail on the luxury retailer just yet. Jay’s response comes after community outcry criticizing and a petition was drawn urged him to abandon the store over claims of racial profiling emerged. Shawn’s stance? He’s not moving until all the facts are presented. As published before recent events, a portion of proceeds from the sale of the collection have been tapped for The Shawn Carter Foundation. It “wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter,” the statement reads, “but all the people that stand a chance at higher education.”
The collection, called “BNY SCC Gallery” (Barney New York Shawn Corey Carter), will launch on November 20th, and will be featured in the Manhattan, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago stores.
“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. 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.
“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. 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 have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.
“I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter”