Over the weekend Jay-Z and Beyonce became the proud parents of a healthy baby girl, Blue Ivy. Wonderful, good for them. It is nice to see a high-powered couple happily married and bringing children into the world.
Jay-Z is a big supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. He wants to pay more taxes. Why exactly he just doesn't fill out a 1040 EZ and pay the full 35% is beyond me, but he wants to see more tax dollars go to the "underprivileged". Of course the meaning of underprivileged is a relative term.
Jay-Z is also a man who decided to sell T-Shirts for the Occupy Wall Street movement on his Roca-Wear website, but didn't feel the need to share the profits with the movement. After being publicly shamed, the shirts came down off his clothing line's website. As far as anyone knows, no profits off what were sold was ever given to the movement.
But, getting back to his daughter. She made her way into the world at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. One of the busiest hospitals in the most populated city in America. The Carter's (Jay-Z's given name) pulled out all the stops to protect the privacy of their new bundle of joy. While I completely agree that no woman would ever want pictures of her in the middle of child birth to show up on some rag paper for worldwide consumption. Who can blame them. They wanted to protect their baby. I would want to do the same.
So they decided to make sure no one could bother them. They hired security and bought out the entire floor of the hospital to ensure the big moment was a private family affair. The problem is that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was also on that floor.
Newborn and preemies that are fighting for their lives were on that floor. Parents who are dealing with the stress of having a child in that precarious position had to deal with their security.
Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyoncé’s bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub.
Coulon griped that he’s been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple’s private security.
He said bodyguards wearing headsets even cleared the sixth floor waiting room, booting his relatives out.
He goes on
:“I know they spent $1.3 million and I'm just a contractor from Bed-Stuy, but the treatment we received was not okay,” Coulon said. “My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.”
No brand new mom of preemies who are dealing with their babies in distress should be forced to deal with this. It is reported that they paid $1.3 million dollars for the floor. For that kind of money she could have gone to a more private hospital setting and given birth there instead of inconveniencing stressed out parents.
Hey occupiers, this is what he really thinks of the 99%. Oh, and by the way, blue is a color, not a name.