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PETA What, PETA Who? Jay-Z Reveals The Making Of His Custom Kicks

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You know how the song goes – “I got 99 problems, and [PETA] ain’t one!”

Ok, those may not be Jay-Z’s lyrics verbatim.  But it would certainly seem to be the case, as the music mogul has recently appeared to throw a massive ‘bird’ up to the animal rights organization – by posting a video of the making of his controversial custom sneakers.

Called the “Brooklyn Zoo,” Jay-Z’s über-rare sneakers are actually Air Jordan’s bespoke out of 9 different animal skins, including: elephant, ostrich, python, boa, crocodile, lizard, alligator, suede, and sting ray.

Predictably, PETA was up in arms over this custom shoe (which uses so many animal skins that they had to call it the “Zoo”).  They publicly criticized both Jay-Z and Beyoncé (she has a similar customized Isabel Marant sneaker of her own) for flaunting the extravagant use of “animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed,” and called the sneakers “moronic.”

Although neither Jay or Bey made a public response to PETA, through his Life+Times site, Jay quietly unveiled a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the “Brooklyn Zoo.” In the video, the designers showcase the care and detail that went into the sneaker’s production.  (Note: If you’re looking for an apology – this isn’t the video for you.)

Watch as the PMK design team explains the inspiration behind the “Brooklyn Zoo,” and gives a visual tour of the process from their shoe factory in Brooklyn.

Does this video alter or reinforce your opinion about Jay’s sneaks?  Sound off below!

 

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  1. Jonathan Sandusky

    March 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    That is messed up. It’s nothing to be proud of( having your shoe come from 9 different species). Something is wrong with these people.

  2. Ms M

    March 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Nothing is wrong with these people or anyone else for that matter, If you people look back in your history the cave man used animal skin to keep warm and also used them for food. So I don’t understand what the big up roar is all about. You have to eat don’t you? Animals will be here before us and after us. So PETA get over it. Just take a look down at your feet and the coat that you wear on your back.

  3. nycgirl

    March 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Ms M, I sincerely doubt any of these animals were killed for food or to provide warmth. Don’t be absurd. Their skins were cobbled together and sold as an extravagant “status symbol.” I think it’s sad that a beautiful creature like an elephant can wind up being part of an ugly shoe.

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Jill Scott’s Drunken Disaster NOT The Result Of Divorce Drama … So She Says.

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Jill Scott is blaming it on the alcohol … not her divorce.

Jilly from Philly had one drink (or several) too many and decided to document her mood for all to see on social media. By the looks of it, she instantly regretted it.

Scott snatched the video down within hours of posting it, but that was still long enough for fans to reach out to the songstress with cries of concern in her comment section. Jill, who recently filed for divorce from her second husband, Mike Dobson, seemed to be crying in the beginning of the video … then laughing hysterically by the end. And, of course, her tribe of supporters took notice.

Unfortunately, Scott wasn’t here for the sympathy. Instead she clapped back at those insinuating she was drowning her divorce tears in a bottle of Henny. In an IG post captioned, “Real Talk. Good Night,” Jill explained that all y’all need to chill and not everything is about her ex.

So, do you believe her? Jill and Mike were married just 15 months before Scott filed for divorce citing “inappropriate marital conduct.” Dobson then went on a media tour shading the Neo-soul singer calling her controlling and evil.

Look, Jill, if you are hitting the bottle to hide your pain we won’t blame you. Even if it is “out of your mind” we’re sure it’s still stressful and that’s ok. On the other hand, if you were justing getting super lit on a Saturday, then more power to you!

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