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Kendall and Kylie Jenner just released a collection of vintage music tees on their site. Each shirt, featuring iconic acts like Pink Floyd, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and Tupac, is one-of-a-kind and numbered. Each also features, for some baffling reason, the duo’s names, initials, or faces.
Because everyone who finally finds that perfect worn-in vintage T-shirt featuring their favorite band thinks “You know, there’s just one thing missing...”
A giant pink image of Kendall is splayed across a “Trust Nobody” T-shirt starring Tupac and Biggie Smalls. And while it’s doubtful the duo has ever listened to a Pink Floyd album, they’ve released a tee of the Division Bell album’s image with two giant Ks on it. It definitely needed that. Each one of these costs $125, by the way.
Doesn’t Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All album cover look so much better with a decal of an Instagram image of Kylie half-nakey?
The Kardashians/Jenners truly have no limits for vanity, even in the company of prodigies like Tupac Shakur.
A day after the shirts hit the web, Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, took to Instagram to voice her outrage:
“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,” she writes. “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!!!”
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!!!
Sharon Osbourne wasn’t too happy about the Jenner’s take on an Ozzy Osbourne tee either.
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
Following the backlash, as well as a threatened lawsuit from the estate of Notorious B.I.G., as of Thursday later afternoon the T-shirts were pulled from the e-commerce site, and the posts promoting them were removed from the Instagram account of the Kendall + Kylie line, too.
The duo issued a statement via Twitter, and then emailed an additional statement to Racked:
"The KENDALL + KYLIE brand apologizes for any insensitivity. 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.”
Update: June 29th, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
This post has been updated throughout.