Jay-Z Responds to Barneys Scandal, Petition: Why Am I Being Demonized?!

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Jay-Z has responded to the ongoing racism scandal involving Barneys, saying he is being demonized as a result of something he had nothing to do with.

Barneys New York, the luxury retailer Jay partners with in business, is accused of racially profiling a black customer for simply trying to buy a fancy belt.

Trayon Christian says he was arrested at Barneys after employees assumed he was a thief - even though all his IDs and credit cards were totally legit.

A second black shopper then came forward with similar allegations.

The backlash spawned a Change.org petition and Twitter movements demanding that Jay Z respond, given his highly-touted collaborations with Barneys.

While the brand's CEO Mark Lee issued a statement in which he offered his "sincere regret and deepest apologies," Jay Z remained silent until now:

"I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys," Jay wrote.

"I speak based on facts, not emotion. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?"

The musician and entrepreneur emphasized that proceeds from his Barneys collaboration are going to his charity, The Shawn Carter Foundation, noting:

"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."

"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 am against discrimination of any kind. But if I make snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?"

Definitely a restrained reaction, and some food for thought. Another frequent collaborator, Kanye West, had no such intentions, going OFF on Barneys.

During his October 25 concert in Las Vegas, Kanye West said "f--k racism" and more about the case, adding, "Don't touch anything in the store."

"Excuse me, that's that 'Can I help you sir?' That's that racial profiling out in front of Barneys and s--t. Talking about, 'Did you steal that?'"

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There are many corrupt and bad cops in many places and the best thing to do is go to their internal affairs about the corrupt cops who hassle you illegally. Then the person should contact the corporate office of the store, and tell them about how you were harrassed as an honest shopper who did nothing to their store but give them money and good business and was treated horribly in their store and when you left. Make complaints - only way to stop the abuse.

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The best thing jay z should do is buy Barneys! then there won't be anymore profiling by police..

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JOY! HOW DO KEEP YOUR CRAZED RANTS SO CONSISTENTLY DISGUSTING?

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CAUSE U A NIGGER !! AND NIGGERS ARE ALWAYS UP TO NO GOOD ... WHY 'S A BEAR LIVE IN THE WOODS ; WHY DO SAND DEVILS HAVE THE BIG NOSE ; WHY IS HOMOS AIDS INFESTED AND SMELL LIKE DOG SHIT FROM AN OLD DOG ? SAME ANSWER.

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@ JOY ((((@)))

Your children will be raped and dismembered in the not so near future

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If you're white you don't understand profiling in stores. The associates stop what they are doing and come to you being overly attentive or you're feeling like you're being watched too much. I work and I don't go into stores I know I can't afford. I have even told store associates that you're watching me so hard and I have money and somebody is stealing now because you are watching me so hard.

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@ Sonsa

Oh Jay, a little 'demonizing' won't
kill you.You are too used to being
treated like Royalty.
Kanye was right to call out Barneys for racial profiling.

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Maybe Jay Z has demonized whites and used reverse unfair prejudice against some whites and hasnt realized it. Lots of people get unfairly labeled or picked on for stupid crazy reasons every day in America so Jay Z gets to feel how other people feel. Some people think he is just being greedy and maybe he thinks he is above it all. Dont know why a Sofia is on this site, as your comments dont even relate to this. Tell Sofia to not worry about it all below as April the ugly witch who was banging her boyfriend went to jail. Lots of men and women lose their heads over a piece of ugly tail, and there is no answer to it, but to move on with their lives. Dont take crap from a cheating spouse whether man or woman and move on, lots of other good people out there, and date around till you find them.

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Well, maybe Jay Z can learn a lesson from this in thinking that he has been unfairly demonized over the Barney's deal. Has Jay Z ever used reverse prejudice in unfairly demonizing whites or picked on whites for no other reason than a crazy idea in his brain. Unfair reverse prejudice happens all the time where rich blacks enslave whites and pick on them unfairly and push them around. Maybe Jay Z been an a-- hole and needs to learn a lesson from the deal. Whites get picked on at Macy's and Barney's too over the same kind of thing, maybe the cops are the ones unfair and just picking on people.

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because he isn't that fantastic, he was just Lucky.(Admit It)

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@ abe

abe-why so serious? No laugh
for me today.But I do agree with
you on this one.Very lucky.

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