For all the flack that the Jenner clan have received over the past few years–everything from appropriating black culture to participating in politically tone deaf ads–this has got to be one of the most embarrassing flubs yet. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are getting attacked for a series of t-shirts that they were selling on their site. The vintage style tees were designed so that either portraits of Kendall or Kylie are superimposed in bright colors on top of photographs of music legends. Essentially, for a cool $125, you could buy a t-shirt of a cornrow rockin’, bikini clad Kylie Jenner layered on top of a photo of hip hop icon Tupac. Do you have more loyalty to Notorious B.I.G.? No worries! You could get a shirt with Kendall plastered all over Biggie’s portrait.
Needless to say, people were and still are pissed off. And not just so-called haters who would find a way to get angry at Kylie Jenner for sneezing. The estates, management, and wives of some of the artists whose images were used in this DIY project from hell are furious.
Biggie Smalls’ mother, Voletta Wallace, took to Instagram to condemn the shirt of her late son’s likeness.
I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful , disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!
Sharon Osbourne, wife of hard rock legend, Ozzy Osborne, called the Jenner’s out on Instagram and Twitter with some serious snark:
Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss.
And if you thought that was bad, wait until you read this statement from the manager of The Doors, the ’60s rock band that made the late Jim Morrison an icon:
“This is a case of people who fashion themselves as celebrities who are famous for being well-known but don’t actually do anything trying to utilize and steal and capitalize on the legacies of those who actually did do something and created amazing art and messages…It’s ironic, at least, and criminal, at worst, both morally, ethically and artistically.”
The Doors have issued a cease-and-desist to the Jenner’s, claiming that the shirts’ use of Morrison’s portrait was unauthorized and should be removed immediately.
Other artists whose images were used on the Jenner shirts include Metallica, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. As of today, none of the shirts can be found on Kylie and Kendall’s clothing site. Thankfully, the sisters released identical statements on the shirt controversy via Twitter:
If you ask me, the worst thing about the shirts was how utterly nonsensical they were. The Jenner women have absolutely no relation–personally or career wise–with any of these musicians or bands. What does a sultry photo of Kendall or Kylie Jenner have to do with Biggie? Who was this shirt for? People who love the Jenner sisters just as much as Ozzy Osbourne? Was the designer trying to convey some deeper meaning, or was this design just a result of someone saying, “Heh, that looks kind of cool. How about we charge over $100 for ’em?” The world may never know. But as of today, the shirts are a mere blip of Internet history, and we should all feel a little grateful that this cringeworthy moment is behind us.
Do you think it’s good that Kylie and Kendall caved to pressure and took down the controversial shirts? Do you think that critics were being way too aggressive? Tell us in the comments!