He’s got 99 problems, and his relationship with Barneys is most certainly one!
After a couple of individuals recently came forward claiming they were racially profiled after shopping at the luxury department store, a Change.org petition has been drawn up calling for Jay Z to end his relationship with the retailer.
Jay and Barneys are on the verge of launching “A New York Holiday” collection in late November. For the collaboration, Hova rapper designed and curated high end items that bear his name with brands like Hublot, Balenciaga and Rick Owens that will be sold at Barneys.
However, news broke this week that two African-American shoppers Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips were both stopped by police on separate occasions after purchasing a $350 belt and a $2500 purse, respectively, from the store. Both believe they were only approached by police officers because of their race and assumptions about their buying power.
The Change.org petition, titled “Shawn Carter aka Jay Z: End all partnerships with Barneys New York” references both incidents as evidence of “blatant prejudice and discrimination” against Black people by Barneys and believes is reason enough for Jay Z to end his relationship with the retailer.
Part of the petition reads:
Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.
So far there’s no word from Jay’s camp about the petition and the attention he’s getting for his relationship with Barneys. To make matters worse, he’s on the cover of New York’s Daily News paper about the controversy. However, perhaps he isn’t letting this drama phase him as he’s in Sweden for the next leg of his “Magna Carta” tour.