Russell Simmons Defends the Rush Card, Support of Occupy Wall Street
As one of the richest and most vocal celebrity supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement Russell Simmons has been criticized for being a tad bit hypocritical. His detractors often point out the contradiction of Simmons advocating on behalf of the 99 percent while being a 1percenter himself and hawking a pre-paid debit card that targets low income consumers charging fees for it’s use. Never one to back down from a debate, the hip-hop mogul released an open letter yesterday to addressing the controversy. In the letter Simmons says that there is no conflict of interest between his support of the OWS movement and his Rush Card business. In fact, he says he created the Rush Card to help lower income Americans avoid the pitfalls of debt describing the card as “a financial management platform offering budgeting tools, money transfer services … and many other valuable services … ” Read his full open letter on the next page and tell us if you think he’s a sincere social activist or an opportunistic profiteer.
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