Jay-Z Penney

  • Aired:  11/06/13
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After racial profiling allegations surface, Jay-Z faces pressure to end his partnership with Barneys, but Larry Wilmore sees selling out as a sign of progress. (6:45)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

AS WE AND THE ROYAL WE, ASWE MOVE INTO THE HOLIDAY

SHOPPING SEASON SOME RETAILOUTLETS ARE ALREADY GEARING

UP FOR BLACK FRIDAY.

OTHER RETAIL OUTLETS ARENOT.

>> TWO BARNEYS CUSTOMERSBOTH AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLAIM

THEY HAVE BEEN STOPPED ANDDETAINED AFTER MAKING LUXURY

PURCHASES.

THEY SAID EARLIER THIS YEARAFTER PAYING FOR THEIR ITEMS,

BARNEYS SENT UNDERCOVERPOLICE OFFICERS TO STOP THEM

ON THE STREET AND CHECK THEVALIDITY OF THEIR DEBIT CARDS.

>> Jon: SHOCKING!

(LAUGHTER)I HAVE GOT TO SAY THAT A

STORE OWNED BY SUCH ALOVABLE, TOLERANT DINOSAUR

OF COLOR-- (LAUGHTER)

THE FACT THAT HE WOULDSUBMIT ANYBODY TO THIS

HUMILIATION AND HARASSMENT-- WHAT'S THAT?

REALLY?

DIFFERENT BARNEY, OKAY.

(LAUGHTER)NOT PURPLE.

OKAY, THAT MAKES MORE SENSE.

(LAUGHTER)MAYBE THIS IS JUST A

MISUNDERSTANDING.

>> KAYLA PHILIPS A21-YEAR-OLD NURSING STUDENT

WAS STOPPED BY POLICE AFTERSHE USED HER TAX REBATE TO

BUY A $2300 BAG FROM BARNEYS.

TRAYON CHRISTIAN A19-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT

WHO BOUGHT A $350FERRAGAMO BELT SAID

HE WAS STOPPED ANDHANDCUFFED BY UNDERCOVER

COPS.

>> Jon: OKAY, WELL, MAYBE ITWAS THE FASHION POLICE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: I MEAN HONESTLY

BLACK FERRAGAMO BELT WITHBROWN LOAFERS?

(LAUGHTER)SO YOU THINK BARNEYS WOULD

HAVE BEEN MORE PREPARED FORBLACK CUSTOMERS GIVEN THAT

THEY'RE A MONTH AWAY FROMLAUNCHING A HOLIDAY PRODUCT

LINE WITH HIP-HOP LEGENDJAY-Z.

I GUESS THEY FORGOT TO HAVETHE STAFF MEETING WHERE THEY

SAID GUESS WHO'S COMING TOBARNEYS.

LOOK-- WE ALL KNOW WHATHAPPENS NOW.

>> JAY-Z IS FACING PRESSURETO BOW OUT OF HIS

PARTNERSHIP WITH THEHIGH-END RETAILER.

>> MORE THAN 16,000 PEOPLEHAVE SIGNED AN ON-LINE

PETITION DEMANDING JAY-Z ENDHIS PARTNERSHIP WITH

BARNEYS.

THIS PUTS JAY-Z IN A RATHERAWKWARD POSITION.

>> Jon: WELL, YEAH, NOT ASAWKWARD A POSITION AS

SITTING HANDCUFFED IN THEBACK OF A SQUAD CAR WEARING

THE $300 BELT YOU JUST PAIDFOR.

THAT'S A LITTLE MORE AWKWARD,BUT JAY-Z-- LISTEN, IN HIS

DEFENSE, JAY-Z IS DOWN, THEGUY WHO PROTESTED THE

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT FOR BEINGRACIST, HE BOYCOTTED

THE GRAMMYS FOR BEING RACIST.

EVEN BOYCOTTED CHAMPAGNE FORBEING RACIST.

SORRY BARNEYS, THIS IS GOINGTO GET UGLY, TELL HIM HOVA.

>> FOR NOW HE'S STANDING BYBARNEYS.

IF I MAKE SNAP JUDGEMENTS NOMATTER WHO IT'S TOWARDS

AREN'T I COMMITTING THE SAMESIN AS SOMEONE WHO PROFILES?

>> Jon: WOW.

IS THAT JAY-Z QUOTINGJAY--SUS? FOR MORE WE'RE JOINED

BYSENIOR BLACK CORRESPONDENT

MR. LARRY WILMORE, LARRY?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> JAY-Z DOESN'T CARE ABOUT

BLACK PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)[BLEEP] I'M MIKE MYERS IN

THIS CONVERSATION, AREN'T I?

OH GOD.

>> LET ME FINISH.

HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACKPEOPLE WHO WANT HIM TO

BOYCOTT BARNEYS.

AND I DON'T BLAME HIM, JON.

>> Jon: ISN'T THIS ANOUTRAGE?

IF BLACK PEOPLE ARE BEINGSTOPPED AND FRISKED WHILE

SHOPPING.

>> SHOP AND FRISK IS WHATTHE MEDIA CALLS IT. BROTHERS

JUST CALL IT SHOPPING.

(LAUGHTER)YOU KNOW, AND BY THE WAY,

MAKE UP YOUR MIND, AMERICA,YOU CAN'T TELL BROTHERS TO

PULL UP OUR PANTS ANDARREST US WHEN WE TRY TO BUY

A BELT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> ENTRAPMENT.

>> Jon: BUT BECAUSE OF THATWOULDN'T IT BE HELPFUL FOR

JAY-Z TO TAKE A STAND.

>> WHY, JON, WHAT DO YOUTHINK JAY-Z IS, AL SHARPTON

WITH BETTER RHYMES?

NO, HE'S GOT A MULTIMILLIONDOLLAR BRAND TO PROTECT.

>> Jon: BUT ARE YOU SAYINGTO ME IF I MAY, IF I MAY,

HE'S NOT A BUSINESSMAN, HE'SA BUSINESS, MAN.

>> YES, WELL RAPPED, JON.

LOOK, THESE DAYS JAY-Z'S TOOBIG A COMMERCIAL FORCE TO

RAIL AGAINST THE DANGER OFTHE MAN.

HE IS THE DANGER.

HE IS THE ONE WHO FRISKS.

HE'S NOT JAY-Z, HE'S JAY-ZPENNEY.

>> Jon: OR JAY-Z MORGANCHASE.

>> OR JAY-Z PENNEY LIKE ISAID.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> ANYWAY I KNOWJAY-Z USED TO BE A GROUND

BREAKING RAPPER, THEN HETURNED 40, NOW HE IS A

RAPPER THAT SHOWS UP ATGROUND BREAKINGS.

>> Jon: HOLY CRAP, CAN I SEETHAT AGAIN.

OH MY GOD.

WHAT'S HE DOING THERE WITHMAYOR BLOOMBERG AND A

SHOVEL?

>> HE'S BURYING THE REMAINSOF HIS STREET CRED, JON.

(APPLAUSE)>> Jon: THAT'S GOT TO HURT.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: THAT'S GOT TO HURT.

>> IT'S TOUGH BUT JON THISIS A MOMENT TO CELEBRATE.

>> Jon: IN WHAT WAY.

>> WELL, JOHN, BECAUSE ITMEANS WE'RE CATCHING UP.

WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEENWATCHING THEIR MUSICAL ICONS

SELL OUT TO CORPORATIONS FORDECADES.

IT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM.

AND WE'RE FINALLY ACHIEVINGIT.

YOU GO JAY-Z PENNEY.

YEAH, MAN.

AND JON, JON, IT'S NOT LIKE HE'STHE ONLY HIP-HOP STAR WHO IS

SWAPPING HIS GLOCK FOR STOCK.

50 CENT MADE 100 MILLIONOFF HIS SUGAR WATER, DR. DRE

A QUARTER BILLION FOR HISHEAD PHONE BUSINESS AND YOU

HAVE SEEN ICE CUBE'S BEERCOMMERCIALS?

HE'S SELLING COORS IN THEROCKY MOUNTAINS.

IT USED TO BE [BLEEP] WITHATTITUDE, NOW IT IS

[BLEEP] WITH ALTITUDE.

>> Jon: I THOUGHT OF THATBUT I FIGURED IT WOULD

PROBABLY BE FUNNIER IF YOUSAID IT.

>> CORRECT.

>> Jon: SO YOU ARE SAYINGWE'RE JUST WITNESSING THE

MATURATION OF RAP AS AN ARTFORM.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, JON.

OUR MUSIC REBELS CAN'T BERABBLE ROUSERS FOREVER.

BUT HE'S STILL JAY-Z, IT'SJUST THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE

HIM DOING THIS, IT MAY BEFOR HIS NEW DANDRUFF AD.

HE'S GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT HISSCALP ITCH AIN'T ONE.

>> Jon: LARRY WILMORE,EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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