Kendall & Kylie apologize for ‘not well thought out’ t-shirts with Tupac, Pink Floyd, The Doors and more

Kendall and Kylie shirts with Tupac Metallica and Notorious BIG

It appears that the huge marketing blunder that was Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi protest commercial was not an isolated incident for the young celebrity as she and sister Kylie are currently caught up in another PR catastrophe after launching a line of “vintage tees” featuring iconic music artists like Tupac, The Doors, and Notorious B.I.G. with the sisters’ faces, initials, and/or Instagram photos superimposed on top.

The Jenner siblings have been promoting the release of their vintage tee collection all week, but shortly after the $125 shirts went live on their Kendall + Kylie website, the backlash began. Within hours, the shirts were deleted from the website and both Kendall and Kylie shared this public apology on Twitter:

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. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.

Kendall mentions the “families of the artists” specifically — some of which had already condemned the shirt line. Sharon Osbourne took to Twitter to scold the Jenner gals or the use of her husband’s image:

The estate of Notorious B.I.G. took things one step further and sent the Jenners a cease and desist letter! “This is misappropriation at its finest,” says the estate’s attorney Julian K. Petty. “I’m curious to hear the justification. I’m even more curious to hear the proposed resolution.”

Biggie Smalls’ momma Voletta Wallace was having NONE OF IT either:

Here are some more samples from the collection, combined with a couple we created inspired by the originals — see if you can tell which is which! (HINT: It should be fairly obvious.)

Kendall and Kylie tee shirt The Doors Kendall and Kylie shirt Tupac KK Kendall and Kylie t shirt with Ozzy Osbourne Kendall and Kylie Johnny Cash middle finger shirt Kendall and Kylie Led Zeppelin shirt Kendall and Kylie Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon shirt Kendall and Kylie Milli Vanilli shirt Kendall and Kylie Tupac tee shirt

Does anyone else wince even more at the ones with the “kk” logo over top of black artists? I’m just super glad Kendall and Kylie didn’t have one other sister involved, you know what I mean?

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  • Jen

    I was ok with all until I saw her face on Johnny CAsh. NOT CASH!!!
    but seriously, in what world do they think it is OK to post the faces of legendary musicians and not get permission?

    • ImOpining

      For me it was the shirt with TuPac.

  • kate

    Ok, lets not even talk about how disrespectful this is. Lets talk about the designs themselves: W. T. F.

    These things are UGLY! They presumably hired an artist to come up with designs, and THIS is what they came up with? Taking the girls IG photos and pasting them on top of other artists and logos? Someone must have been so offended by the job offer that they submitted these as a joke and these idiots went, “Perfect!” and actually slapped them onto some t-shirts.

  • Bruja

    They can keep the Milli Vanilli one, they’re all fake phuckers all the way around so it seems somehow appropriate.

    Girl you know it’s… Girl you know it’s… Girl you know it’s… Girl you know it’s… Girl you know it’s….Girl you know it’s true!


    • kate

      that’s the one that starcasm added in as a joke.

  • Regina

    So strange this ever even happened….

  • ImOpining

    PMK spelled a lawsuit and panicked. But she being the greedy ho that she is will have this drama in an episode making them look like victims. Cha-ching! And the cash still rolls in.

  • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

    Man I wish somebody would sue these little twats.