Another day, another Jenner controversy.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have found themselves in hot water for a selection of controversial T-shirts that superimposed their images over famous musicians like Ozzy Osbourne, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious B.I.G.
The line of “Rap vs Rock” tees, introduced as part of the sisters’ latest Kendall + Kylie collection drop, was criticized by Twitter users as “insensitive,” “disgusting,” and “disrespectful.”
Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy, was particularly offended by the shirts, which went on sale on Wednesday for $125 each online.
Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss. pic.twitter.com/BhmuUVrDBn— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) June 29, 2017
Voletta Wallace, mother of the Notorious B.I.G., also spoke out against the line, claiming that neither she nor anyone else connected with the Biggie estate had been contacted for permission to use the late rapper’s likeness. On Instagram, Wallace called it “disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst.”
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!!!
The Jenner sisters were sent a cease-and-desist letter from Julian K. Perry, the lawyer for the Notorious B.I.G. estate, demanding that the duo stop selling the shirts by 5pm on Friday. “I’m curious to hear the justification,” he told TMZ. “I’m even more curious to hear the proposed resolution.”
The Jenners did apologize though
Kendall shared an apology on behalf of her and her sister, saying “These designs were not well thought out.” She adds that she and Kylie are “huge fans” of these musical icons and have pulled the shirts from retail. “We will use this as an opportunity,” she concludes, “to learn from these mistakes, and again we are very sorry.”
The Jenner sisters are no strangers to controversy. Kendall, in particular, recently faced backlash after appearing in a Pepsi commercial that seemed to trivialize protest and activism. The tone-deaf ad was quickly pulled. She also came under fire last year for wearing dreadlocks when she appeared in a Marc Jacobs fashion show, prompting accusations of cultural appropriation.