Jay Z has been asked to cut all business ties with the retail store Barneys New York.
The Roc Nation Entrepreneur and the retail store Barneys are supposed to team up for a business partnership for the upcoming holiday this year referred to as “A New York Holiday.”
However, according to complex.com, a petition was launched against Barneys due to allegations of discriminating against two African American customers.
Trayvon Christian, a shopper at Barney’s was detained on suspicion of purchasing a $349 belt with a fraudulent credit card and was not released until cops knew the card was legit. While just a day after the incident with Trayvon Christian, another customer Kayla Phillips was halted by NYPD officials after buying a $2,500 purse. The believed she was guilty of committing credit card fraud.
Phillips and Christian are planning to sue Barneys.
Now, a petition has begun on change.org, which is requesting that Jay Z cut ties and end his partnership with Barneys New York. The petition was created by Derick Bowers, a fan of Jay Z and a Brooklyn, New York resident. Bowers feels Jay Z should be “appalled by Barneys’ actions.”
“If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer,” Bowers says in the petition.
Jay Z spoke about his partnership with Barneys.
“With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy, and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces,” Jay Z said in a statement. “Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’—the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery—represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me.”