Rappers & Their Lifestyles: t-shirt ethics

While we respect and understand why some people may take offense to the Jay-Z/Beyonce ‘Holy Family’ t-shirt, the designer was merely drawing from familiar imagery (the prayer card of the holy family) to say Jay-Z and Beyonce are an important family in hip-hop culture. We are in no way suggesting people worship Beyonce’s family. We are also not suggesting that they are on the same cultural level as Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.

The ornate frame also serves illustrates the hyperbolic nature of the image, again reiterating that we are in the realm of “art” and interpretation. The t-shirt does not have anything printed on it that could show affiliation with command G or St. Edwards University. Additionally, the notebook featuring Kanye West kissing himself is not suggesting Kanye West is gay, but merely commenting on his blatant narcissism. We respect the Catholic Social teachings of our University and it is not our aim to offend anyone.

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