Kylie and her sister Kendall have attracted huge criticisms on the internet for daring to superimpose their colored pictures on a black and white images of famous rappers: Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd, and more.
The music icon T-shirts sold for $125 each and are the girls’ latest collection from their co-owned fashion brand Kendall + Kylie.
“Kendall Jenner selling a shirt with her face overlayed on top of Tupac is literally racism and I won’t stand for it,” a Twitter user @laurenablondi wrote in protest.
Image: Kylie Jenner
“Tupac did not fake his own death to be put on a shirt with Kylie Jenner,” another netizen dani @danixicana added.
Biggie’s mom Voletta Wallace hasn’t smiled a bit since pictures of the vintage “rock” fashion collection surfaced online. She’s yet to understand the motivation behind her son’s “unpaid” marketing stunt with the young girls.
Image shows Instagram file photo from Voletta Wallace.
“The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me,” Voletta 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 at its worst.”
While critics are looking at this fashion statement from different perspectives, the decision from Kylie and Kendall is liable to prosecution as a violation of rights.
However, Susan Scafidi, who founded the Fashion Law Institute explained that this could be “a complicated copyright matter dependent on a few different factors.”
Different stated in the US have different laws for legally protected materials.
The state of California, for example, pays recognition for postmortem rights on copyrighted materials while New York cancels such rights once the owner dies.
Explaining further on the matter, Susan said Kylie and her sister may be threading on safe grounds depending on who owns the legal rights to those images.
“…But those laws are counteracted by free-speech laws,” Scafidi told Yahoo Style, “which would allow the Jenners to use the images if they’ve altered them sufficiently by legal standards. Whether any legal action comes of this also depends on who owns the rights to the images.”
The reality TV stars sure know how to provoke public outrage. This is not the first of its kind from Jenner-Kardashian women who previously claimed they’ve not benefited much from black culture.
Earlier this month, Kylie floated a new camouflage swimwear line , and fans hailed her as the brainchild.
Kylie, 19, received praise for bringing camo bikinis to life — an erroneous statement which angered critics so much that c @chuuzus had to sensitize everyone through a Twitter post, saying “Destiny Child’s didn’t wear camo bikinis 16 years ago in Survivor video for you to say Kylie is the one to start the trend. Respect yourself.”
c @chuuzus Destiny Child’s didn’t wear camo bikinis 16 years ago in Survivor video for you to say Kylie is the one to start the trend. Respect yourself https://twitter.com/PerezHilton/status/872518618667298816 …
“There is the issue of: in what light are these guys being portrayed? Tupac and Biggie are icons — a personal view, but I dare anyone to disagree with me,” Schuman Campbell, an intellectual property specialist and a partner at Duane Morris law firm in Philadelphia told Yahoo Style.
“They are evocative of a genre of music (rap) in its most authentic form (not ‘watered down’ by pop) and yes, probably black and rap culture. Would these guys want to be exploited by the Jenners? I think probably not. That is something the estates would want to control.”
The reality TV stars have officially withdrawn the controversial T-shirts, and tendered their unreserved apologies to every disgruntled fan.
“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,” the Jenner sisters said in a statement.
“We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway,” they added.
“Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know … lip gloss,” Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, wrote on Twitter.
Image: Kylie and Kendall Jenner
- tywalkernycWell @volettawallace has spoken. I will not be buying a fake Biggie shirt. Sue and they should get stuck with their tee shirts. There are some things that can’t be brought. 😍😍😍
- jl91011None of them have original talent, so they do this, that’s why. #fakes #sue
- blessthelionessSomebody please shut this family down and out of business. Horrible human beings.
- je_ss_i_caaThat whole family is a joke there not good @ doing anything don’t understand why they believe the world revolves around them Shame on them hope your able to do something regarding this matter @volettawallace