Kendall & Kylie Jenner Try to Use Dead Rappers’ Images to Make Money
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have pulled a lot of effed-up stunts in the past, but their latest career move has us shaking our heads like never before. The sisters recently expanded their clothing line to include “vintage” t-shirts (#trendy), some of which featured screenshots of their old Instagrams (lol). This is not where the issues arose, however. K&K also sold tees for $125 that had pictures of deceased rappers Tupac “2Pac” Shakur and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, with the girls’ faces/initials plastered on top.
Why would Kendall and Kylie Jenner think they could just plaster their faces and initials over Biggie and Pac? pic.twitter.com/Mh0yZWKzxw
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) June 29, 2017
When Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, got wind of what the Jenner sisters were doing, she issued a public statement that made it clear that her son’s estate had no official involvement with the items. She wrote on Instagram:
“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 Wallace family’s lawyer eventually sent Kendall and Kylie a cease and desist letter that basically told them to pull the shirts from the site, or they’d be hit with a lawsuit. The note clearly worked, because the clothing items can no longer be found in their online shop.
While the 19-year-old has yet to say anything about the attempted sales, the 21-year-old issued an apology upsetting and offending people, “especially…the families of the artists.”
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
WHO THE HECK THOUGHT THOSE SHIRTS WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?! Did Kendall and Kylie seriously approve them? How is that even possible? Like, we honestly can’t.
This isn’t the first time Kylie’s merchandise got her in trouble. Here are all the times she was accused of copying other people’s work: