Fans target Jay Z over Barneys ‘racism’
By Tara Palmeri
Fans are targeting Jay Z for continuing to endorse Barneys after the store was accused of racially profiling two young black shoppers.
Brooklyn dad Derick Bowers has set up an online petition to boycott the Upper East Side fashion emporium and pressure the hip-hop mogul to end his collaboration with it for allegedly making false complaints against Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips.
“Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys’ actions,” Bowers wrote in the petition on Change.org.
“Without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian.”
Jay Z is collaborating with the store on a collection called “A New York Holiday.” His rep did not respond to calls for comment.
Meanwhile, Barneys yesterday apologized for the way the two black customers were treated, and said the store has hired a civil-rights expert to review what happened.