Kendall and Kylie Jenner Pull Controversial T-Shirt Line; Cease-And-Desist Letters Issued By Artists

The Doors have sent a cease-and-desist letter to Kendall and Kylie Jenner over the pair’s controversial new line of T-shirts featuring the pair’s faces superimposed over musicians including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., KISS and Ozzy Osbourne. In one shirt, Kendall Jenner’s face can be seen over the Doors‘ logo.

The T-shirts in question were unveiled on the sisters’ Kendall & Kylie online shop Wednesday, and featured images of Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pink Floyd, the Doors, KISS and Led Zeppelin overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings; they retailed for $125 and had the words “Repurposed in the USA” printed on each. The reality stars have since removed the products from their site.

Sharon Osbourne, whose husband, Ozzy Osbourne, also had his likeness featured on one of the T-shirts, took aim at the Jenner sisters as well with a scathing tweet.

The late Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, has slammed Kylie and Kendall Jenner over their latest marketing tool: “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rap and rock’s biggest icons. According to TMZ, Wallace’s lawyer, Julian Petty, also sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Jenners.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors and the Jim Morrison estate, excoriated 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 says. “It’s ironic, at least, and criminal, at worst, both morally, ethically and artistically.”

“They’re obviously attention-seeking missiles who crave celebrity and being well-known but don’t actually do anything,” says Jampol. “It’s the polar opposite of the artists that they’re trampling all over. It’s just spitting in the face and on top of art and message and soul and legacy.”

On Thursday afternoon, Kendall and Kylie Jenner posted identical messages to Twitter apologizing for the theft. “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.”

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *