The Kardashian/Jenner clan is no stranger to controversy, but some are saying this time, they have crossed the line. On this occasion, it was the youngest of the family, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The girls are very well known in the fashion industry and figured they could make some money by designing their own line of graphic tees, which makes perfect sense. However, what is not making sense to the public is their choice of design. The girls made t-shirts that were priced at a rumored $125 that featured the faces of musical legends. Amongst those legends were our beloved Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace. But the kicker is, the rappers were not alone on the shirts. Kendall and Kylie decided to have photos of themselves shadowed over the images of the icons.
The African American community was of course enraged for a number of reasons. One being that it has often been said that these girls, along with their elder sisters, are the queens of cultural appropriation, from their hair styles to their make-up, and even their drastic cosmetic surgeries to imitate the body of a black woman. Secondly, many just feel like they have absolutely no place to have themselves even photographed with such legends, being that they have no ties with the music industry at all.
Other artists incorporated in their infamous t-shirt designs are Rock and Roll legends Metalica along with Ozzy Osbourne. This sparked backlash from Voletta Wallace (Biggie’s mother), Sharon Osbourne (long time wife of Ozzy Osbourne), Kelly Osbourne (Ozzy’s daughter) and even Suge Knight added his two cents. All of the above basically stating that the girls had no permission nor did they even reach out to the estates of the artists to check in.
Sharon Osbourne also spoke out:
Kelly Osbourne posted a picture of her own t-shirt design with her photographed throwing up her middle finger at the Jenner sisters, captioned “#CurrentMood.”
Kendall and Kylie were even named Donkey of the Day by famous radio host Charlamagne Tha God.
And you know Twitter weighed in:
The dynamic duo has of course since released a statement saying that they apologize to all those offended and they really are huge fans of all the artists used on their shirts.
Are the Jenner girls wrong for their designs or is the public overreacting? Weigh in below.
Written By: Rahkiya Brown