Fans petition for Jay-Z to cancel clothing line

Fans petition for Jay-Z to cancel clothing line

US rapper Jay Z, 43, has come under pressure from fans to cancel a Christmas fashion line with Barneys department store after the two cases of alleged racial discrimination emerged.

His exclusive Christmas line at the New York department store is reportedly set to make millions.

Some fans also tweeted negative feedback to him, Hollywood Life reported.

A petition calling for the cancellation has collected 2,000 signatures as of Friday.

The singer, married to pop star Beyonce, has yet to comment.

"Jay Z may give an answer when the collection is launched at Barneys," said the singer's representative to New York Daily News.

The limited-edition clothing line will debut on Nov 20 online and at the flagship store on Madison Avenue.

Racist encounters are not just confined to ordinary people.

Talkshow host Oprah Winfrey was also allegedly subject to racial profiling.

In August, a clerk at an upscale boutique in Switzerland refused to show her a handbag.

Winfrey, 59, said she was told she could not afford the US$38,000 (S$47,000) Tom Ford design named Jennifer, after actress Jennifer Aniston.

Winfrey was quoted as saying that she thought about calling Aniston or Ford herself.

Though the store owner apologised to the media mogul, the unidentified clerk told German newspaper Blick that she would never treat a customer the way Winfrey alleged.

"I don't know why she is making these accusations," the woman was quoted as saying. "She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl."

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