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Russell Simmons Defends Jay-Z’s “Occupy All Streets” T-Shirt

Russell Simmons and Jay-Z

AllHipHop News) The controversy surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement has hit the fashion world, thanks to a controversial T-shirt that was supposed to be released by Jay-Z.

Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, who was seen with Jay-Z the night he debuted the “Occupy All Streets” T-shirt, weighed in on the matter in an interview with Billboard.biz.

“What’s wrong with selling goodness? There’s nothing wrong with it,” Russell Simmons said.

“Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] ‘F**k the Bums on the Street,” Simmons continued. “He wrote a T-shirt ‘Occupy All Streets’ – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement.”

Simmons, who is worth over $250 million dollars, has also been the subject of criticism for his association with Occupy Wall Street.

But the mogul defended his fortune, by noting his track record for consistently giving back to poor and disenfranchised people around the world.

“I’m going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process,” Russell Sioms said. “No one’s against business. We’re against business having too much control over our government.”

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