UPDATE: Voletta Wallace, mother of Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. and trustee of his estate, has issued a statement on Instagram confirming that the Kendall + Kylie collection did not go through the proper channels to obtain imagery of Biggie for their new "vintage" t-shirts. "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!!!" she wrote. It should be noted that usage without permission is illegal. It could be gathered, then, that all imagery connected with these t-shirts has been obtained in an illegal manner. Could be time to lawyer up for the Jenners. These girls need an Olivia Pope-level fixer at this point.
PREVIOUS: Another day, another opportunity to be outraged at the KarJenners. Like most of the dramz surrounding the aestheticization of their merch, this instance, too, is about cultural appropriation. Which begs the questions: How many times does it take one to learn a lesson? Or do these girls just love themselves a controversy?
The news of a new Kendall + Kylie collection hit the interwebs last night, and the backlash was swift and immediate. That's because their new line of "vintage" T-shirts, retailing at a hefty $125, looked like the following:
That's right, we're talking their faces overlayed on top of legitimate artists. Why??? Of course, it would be inappropriate to give Kendall and Kylie all the credit. They most definitely have a team of people mocking up designs for them day in and day out, which is why when, on an episode this season's Keeping Up, they were interviewed by Vogue staffer Nicole Phelps about their line, they were unable to give informed answers. However, they for sure have the last say on designs, so the burden of this avoidable backlash ultimately falls on them. At press time, only T-shirts with appropriated rock bands were for sale, signaling that either the rapper tees had sold out (scary thought), or they took them down as a result of the push back (more likely).
We don't know about you, but when we go on the hunt for a vintage tee, part of the incentive is being able to wear something sustainable, one of a kind, and less costly than the average price tag. These shirts are none of these things.
Kendall and Kylie, if you like Biggie and Pac so much, can you name five of their songs?
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