they explained themselves on their website. i dont wanna go find the link now...but it was something about them believing that, if this was the only way that people in Africa or the world in general were gonna get help, that is by basically forcing people to give money and turning it into a fashion statement, then so be it. they made a big deal about telling people that they haven't sold out...i forgive em.
I'm in the Bill Hicks camp when it comes to artists selling out. Only for the ones that REALLY need the money. Like when an artist is just getting started, or when Willie Nelson had the multi-million dollar tax bill. Anyone else that sells out is off the artistic roll-call forever.