UPDATE: Kendall and Kylie Jenner both issued an identical message on Twitter after Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G, spoke out about Kendall and Kylie’s vintage T-shirts.
They have pulled the T-shirts from retail and state that all images have been removed.
“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 anyway [sic]. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
The Doors sent a cease-and desist letter to the Jenner sisters over the controversial line of T-shirts, according to Rolling Stone.
Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors and the Jim Morrison estate, spoke out about the pair for their decision to sell the unauthorized clothing.
“This is a case of people who fashion themselves as celebrities who are famous for being well-known but don’t actually do anything trying to utilize and steal and capitalize on the legacies of those who actually did do something and created amazing art and messages,” Jampol said. “It’s ironic, at least, and criminal, at worst, both morally, ethically and artistically.”
Jampol also said the surviving members of the band had “zero contact” with the Jenners.
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
Wallace said that the product has no affiliation to The Notorious B.I.G. estate and 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,” Wallace wrote on Instagram. “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 its the worst!!!” Wallace concluded.
Wallace’s lawyer also issued a cease-and-desist letter to the sisters, according to Rolling Stone.
Immediately after the capsule became available online, the sisters became the subject of much criticism on social media for the way they altered the iconic T-shirts.
— Kendall and Kylie (@KendallandKylie) June 28, 2017
The sister’s fashion label has superimposed their Kendall + Kylie logo and their own photos on top of the band’s images.
They released a tee of Pink Floyd’s Division Bell album image with the logo, two Ks, placed on top of the art work.
They also used Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All album cover with an Instagram image of Kylie placed on top.
The T-shirts are priced at US$125 and are described as “one of a kind, perfectly worn vintage tee shirts.”
The sisters are coming under fire on Twitter for their tone-deaf designs.
I honestly feel attacked by Kendall and Kylie's launch of "vintage" shirts… like this is just disrespectful pic.twitter.com/2mZzYxbqoM
— Shelbs (@barely_shelby) June 28, 2017
kendall + kylie disrespected Ozzy & Metallica, what the hell
— katie (@stillnoair) June 28, 2017
Kendall & Kylie are selling t-shirts with their faces on them and calling them vintage tees — happy wednesday, friends.
— Shimoni Vashi (@ShimoniMoni) June 28, 2017
the disrespect. Smfh. pic.twitter.com/PWEWrsbUkY
— pink gold Peach (@wolfie_____) June 28, 2017
Wow!!! so original!! I wish I could draw on top of band merch I got at a thrift shop and sell it for 5x the price! Oh wait…
— ??? (@djspookyjim123) June 28, 2017
these shirts are a joke right?
— ALDIZZLE (@aldanacayro) June 28, 2017
— Margaret Abrams (@margaretabrams) June 28, 2017
kendall and kylie wild to think i'm spending 125 on a tee shirt
— ray (@RachelEyler1) June 28, 2017
Kendall and Kylie's "vintage tees" are $125. likeeeee whyyyyy?????
— daddy (@dajanacrystal) June 28, 2017
This Kendall And Kylie vintage tee line is really blowing mine! How are you gonna put your Insta pic over biggie & call it vintage?! & PAC?!
— Nany✨ (@LalonisHoochie) June 28, 2017
Kylie & Kendall are stupid if they think anyone is going to buy a t-shirt for $125 AND ruined the band cover with their initials boi byeee pic.twitter.com/gGUaz8lEvP
— Amanda Rendon (@mandastephanie1) June 28, 2017
This isn’t the first time the sisters have faced criticism over their products.
In 2016, the sister’s collection for PacSun was pulled from the shelves, reportedly due to copyright infringement, according to Refinery 29.
Island Company sued PacSun for allegedly stealing T-shirt slogans. Island Company’s tees read: “Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never Return.”
The Jenners’ PacSun shirts read: “Run away. Fall in love. Never return.”
The official complaint allegedly states that this similarity between the Jenner X Pacsun top and the Island Company motto “is likely to cause confusion, mistake and deception among consumers, the public and the trade as to whether defendants’ products or services are affiliated with, sponsored by or endorsed by plaintiff.”