Why Are People Mad At Kendall & Kylie Jenner? Their Vintage-Style Tees Are Stirring Up Controversy
Another day, another Kendall and Kylie controversy. Or should I say kontroversy? Whatever you call it, Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Biggie and 2Pac tee shirts have officially been pulled from their website after coming under fire for cultural insensitivity.
The collection of $125 vintage-style tees showed the faces of Notorious B.I.G. (whose real name was Christopher Wallace) and Tupac Shakur with some sultry images of the sisters plastered across them, which many people have called disrespectful to the late rappers (as well as to the other music legends represented on the shirts, including Metallica, Kiss, The Doors, and Pink Floyd).
Christopher Wallace's mother Voletta Wallace weighed in on the controversy on Instagram, writing, "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!" Wallace's estate's lawyer also issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Jenners, according to TMZ.
For what it's worth, after taking the shirts down, the Jenner sisters both posted an apology to Twitter.
The brand also issued a statement regarding the tee shirts.
"The KENDALL + KYLIE brand apologizes for any insensitivity," it reads. "When deciding to work with one-of-a-kind repurposed vintage tees, it was not the brand’s intent to offend anyone. These designs were randomly selected and not well thought out. The brand would like to apologize, especially to the artists that have been featured in the series. We did not mean to disrespect these icons and understand that we missed the mark completely. The designs have been removed. We sincerely apologize to the artists, their families and estates and anyone who may have been offended.”
This isn't the first time the Jenner sisters have been dragged for cultural insensitivity, though (see: that Pepsi ad, Kylie's camo collection), and Twitter is ablaze again calling them out, too. Here's what people are saying (and more looks at the shirts in question).
Some were straightforward in their disapproval.
Kendall & Kylie really had the nerve to slap their faces & initials on vintage Tupac & Biggie tshirts & sell them for $125... the disrespect pic.twitter.com/J0FUCclQdv— Jasmine (@JasmineDH95) June 29, 2017
And some were just plain mad.
someone please get kendall & kylie and get them out of business like YOU GONNA DISRESPECT PINK FLOYD & TUPAC LIKE THAT? pic.twitter.com/fL8rmryZdD— lyssa (@Lyssuhh7) June 28, 2017
Others were in disbelief.
While some seemed sort of shocked, sort of not.
Did Kendall & Kylie really just... pic.twitter.com/kVghSjCq9y— Jasmine Miranda (@_jasmineashleyb) June 29, 2017
This person questioned the graphic designers who made the tees (kind of).
me: some graphic designers have no morals smfh— yung malfoy (@ryanxdavis) June 29, 2017
kendall / kylie: we will pay u $10 000
also me: pic.twitter.com/lrRhKYJtuO
And this person took a moment to enjoy Biggie's mom's schooling.
Kendall & Kylie got snatched up by Biggies Momma? pic.twitter.com/OE18mWaz2e— ZoneOneThirty Stones (@ChiCallsMePop) June 29, 2017
This Twitter user employed a simile to explain the situation.
kendall & kylie printing selfies over iconic band/rapper designs & calling it fashion sounds like being born rich & sayin ur a businesswoman— kaytlin (@kaydargs) June 29, 2017
Others wondered, where was Kanye during all of this?
Kendall & Kylie are disrespectful af for putting their faces & initials over pictures of biggie & tupac! did Kanye okay this?! pic.twitter.com/L3RwFrDSj9— Silvia (@_BraveHeart) June 29, 2017
This was pretty much the general sentiment, though.
Can someone please educate Kendall & Kylie?— ania (@sexlenadopest) June 29, 2017