You’ve got to hand it to the people still fighting the good fight over at Occupy Wall Street. What they lack in numbers or media attention right now, they more than make up for with the same kind of earnestness as your friend who hangs around forever waiting for you to have sex with him. Shocked that multi-multi-multi-millionaire Shawn Carter wasn’t enthusiastically on board with a progressive taxation system, they’ve vowed to respond the best way they know how…with a teach-in outside the Jay-Z-supported monument to capitalism.
Details are light other than this will be a “teach-in and musical performance;” it’s not clear where at the still-being-constructed stadium they’ll be posted up. Vowing to show up in front of the
LIBOR Barclay’s Center before Jay’s show on Sept. 28, the Guitarmy will lovingly ask him to fight for social justice and ask him which side he’s on. As if that question hasn’t already been answered. If you’re keeping track, that’s the very first day Barclays will be open.
Jigga’s quotes, for those of you who still somehow haven’t seen it read:
“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for…I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know…When you just say that ‘the one percent is that,’ that’s not true. Yeah, the one percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”
Fortunately we here at Brokelyn have rich guy translation software (hitting the market Q1 2013) and it spit out the true meaning of Jay’s quote: “I don’t read the news but I’m worried someone is coming for my money.” Which, fair enough. Jay is a guy who sits in board meetings now, talking about things like “top-down brand marketing infrastructure” or whatever. He lent his name and support to a real estate power play disguised as a sports stadium that has yet to see one tiny iota of promised low-income housing. The man has a family (two if you count Memphis Bleek’s) to send to Harvard for eight generations, so whose side do you think he’s on?
It’s not that I don’t have sympathy for Occupy. But if they really wanted to ruffle some feathers, they should have called Jay the out-of-touch rich dude he is and then try to get Killer Mike and El-P to put on a show in front of Barclay’s.
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