Jay-Z Depicted as ‘Scrooge’ in Daniel Edwards Sculpture
Not everyone is happy that Rocawear is selling “Occupy All Streets” T-shirts at their online store, but aren’t offering their support behind the movement, either. Controversial artist Daniel Edwards is taking Jay-Z to task with his interesting statue depicting the rap mogul as varying degrees of Scrooges.
The sculpture illustrates Jay-Z with necklaces and a big dollar sign on his chest. On the top of Jay’s head are three different figureheads of famous cartoon misers: Mr. Burns from the Simpsons, Disney’s Scrooge McDuck and comic-book icon Richie Rich.
Edwards created the bust, dubbed “Mogul (Jay-Z Occupies Occupy Wall Street), in protest of Rocawear’s popular “Occupy” T-shirts. “I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against,” he said via his Facebook page. “Maybe Jay Z is striving to be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility, I would think.”
This isn’t the first Edwards has caused a stir over his controversial sculptures of famous celebs. He raised eyebrows with his cartoon-inspired statue of Justin Bieber‘s private parts and a topless bust of the late Amy Winehouse.
We understand that Edwards thinks that Jay-Z might be profiting off the Occupy movement with his tees, however, Rocawear has not made a formally announcement of where the money would go. So it’s a little early to speculate that Hov is being a “Scrooge” and not breaking off the Occupiers with monies from the sales of the garment.
However, we can’t deny that the statue is creative with the dollar-sign chain and heads of cartoon figures. But we are little perturbed by depiction of Jay-Z’s upper chest, which looks like he has man-boobs.
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