Here we go again!
These girls can't get a win, and I can't say I don't like it!
We just got past Khloe and Kylie stealing designs from emerging black artists for their own financial gain, and now Kendall and Kylie are under fire and have been slapped with a lawsuit as a result of releasing and selling a line of vintage t-shirts that featured their faces and those of the late Tupac Shakur, the late Biggie Smalls, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Metallica, and more musical icons.
Take a gander, in case you missed it.
Photo Credit: Kendall + Kylie, Twitter, Complex
I honestly don't know which part to be more annoyed with: the fact that Kendall, Kylie and their team had the audacity to release this collection in the first place, the nerve to sell these screen-printed tees for $125 or the fact that the collection sold out even before all of the backlash ensued. It's all a mess! After the collection was taken down from their site and discontinued from the backlash, Kendall took to social media with an apology saying that these designs "were not well thought out" and it "was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in any way." Really, sis?!
This is the typical white woman's response when shit hits the fan. The Jennner ladies and their team knew exactly what they were doing. These kinds of things are planned, reviewed and very well thought out from the first idea to the final product. They were simply too obtuse and lacking in foresight to realize how this collection would affect anything other than their pockets. With all of their access, freedom and little to no accountability, of course the duo felt a desire to attempt to insert themselves into the culture, the musical impact, the eminence and the immortality that these legends have established for themselves.
While it might not have been Kendall and Kylie's intent to disrespect anyone, the problem is that by putting their faces, initials, etc. alongside the likeness of these cultural icons, they insinuate that they are some level icons themselves. Fame off of the back of your siblings doesn't make you an icon. Modeling for a few years, a stale walk, the same facial expressions and failed campaigns doesn't make you an icon. Building a brand by overshadowing original artistry and parading it as your own doesn't make you an icon. They can't even sing a crisp, solid tune, and they still wanted to plaster their faces over some tshirts with legends in the music industry? Okay sis. & the fact that they didn't even reach out to the representatives of the figures featured for permission to use their likeness makes the entire situation even worse. I'm not the least surprised or shocked about this. It's just the "caucasity" of it all! & to read about their lawsuit as a result... Good for 'em!
The best part was seeing the reactions of those close to the featured artists, most notably Voletta Wallace, Suge Knight and Sharon Osbourne. They dragged them for filth, I enjoyed every minute of it!
There is a way to pay homage, and this definitely wasn't it. Ladies, please stick to putting on for the camera, posing for pictures and selling refurbished makeup! We're tired.
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