Kendall and Kylie Jenner haven’t had the best few months PR-wise. After Kendall’s shockingly bad-taste Pepsi ad, promotion of the shambolic Fyre Festival, and cover feature on the 10th anniversary issue of Vogue India, the sisters came under fire last week for a collection of “vintage” tees released by their Kendall + Kylie line. The t-shirts featured images of iconic hip-hop and rock artists such as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., superimposed with photos of the Jenners.
The t-shirts were pulled within days of being launched, but the lawsuits have been flooding in left right and centre. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, even took to Instagram to attack the sisters for the line, which they have since apologized for, calling the designs “not well thought out” (an understatement, perhaps?).
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!!!
But now in the face of claims of copyright infringement by Michael Miller, who claims his images of Tupac were used without his permission, the label is claiming that the photos were obtained lawfully; more embarrassing, perhaps, is the statement that only two Tupac tees were sold before being pulled from the marketplace, particularly considering how profitable the girls’ projects have been in the past. Kylie’s makeup brand is going from strength to strength, while brands are scrambling to work with Kendall and take advantage of her massive social media following.
So, will t-shirt-gate be a one-off fail, or is this a sign that people are getting sick of the Jenners (and that they should find a new PR?).