Kendall and Kylie Jenner Pull Biggie/Tupac T-Shirt After Legal Threats
Rucuss staffJune 30, 2017
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have decided to scrap their new T-shirt designs after major backlash.
Kendall and Kylie were called “disrespectful” and “disgusting” after they unveiled a new line of T-shirts featuring their faces superimposed over images of Tupac Shakure, Notorious Big, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, and The Doors.
The Jenners issued an apology for the T-shirt designs on social media.
“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,” said the sisters (via Twitter). “We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway.”
According to the Jenners, the shirts will no longer be sold. The pricetag for the limited edition shirts was $125 apiece.
“The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed,” they added. “We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
The Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace was one of the first to criticize the shirts.
“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Wallace wrote on Instagram. “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!!!”
Biggie’s estate’s lawyer, Julian K. Petty, threatened legal action if the shirts remain on sale. Shortly after firing off a cease and desist letter to the Jenners, the shirts were pulled from their website.
“This is misappropriation at its finest,” said Petty. “I’m curious to hear the justification. I’m even more curious to hear the proposed resolution.”
Kendall is no stranger to adversity. In April, she was criticized for appearing in a since-removed Pepsi ad that trivialized police brutality issues.
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