FASHION– Last week, Kendall & Kylie Jenner released a line of vintage t-shirts and the internet went into a frenzy. Not because they were excited about the new collection, but because they ladies decided to place their photos over “classic” music images of hip hop figures and/or groups. Most tweeting:
“Who in the hell does these girls think they are?”
Images such as “Metallica,” “Pink Floyd,” “Notorious BIG,” and “Tupac Shakur” were added to the background of these t-shirts, and to the “KK” collection; which eventually caused the mother of Notorious BIG [Christopher Wallace] to speak out via Instagram.
In a post she wrote:
“This product has no affiliation to the Notorious B.I.G. estate. The estate was never contacted about using the likeness of Biggie. 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.” [Voletta Wallace]
Not only did Ms. Wallace issue this statement, but “The Doors” sent them a “cease and desist” order PLUS Sharon Osbourne publicly humiliated the ladies for using a picture of her husband “OZZY” without their permission.
Via Twitter, Sharon wrote:
“Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss.”
So we think it’s safe to say that the ladies made the right decision by “pulling” the line.
In a released statement by the Jenners, they wrote:
“These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in [sic] anyway. The tee shirts have been pulled from retails and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
We understand the concept, but the designs were definitely PREMATURE!