Although it seemed like the dust had settled around Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s controversial t-shirts, one photographer is back with a new lawsuit.
According to TMZ, photographer Al Pereira has filed a suit against Kendall Jenner, Inc., which reportedly accuses Kendall of lacking permission to use his photos of 2Pac, Biggie and Redman.
The $125 t-shirts featured Kendall and Kylie’s faces slapped across images of the three rap legends, as well as other iconic artists such as Jim Morrison of The Doors and Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. The shirts were briefly sold on their website, but they were taken down in July after the public backlash.
The famous sisters are already facing a lawsuit from The Doors’ attorneys and were threatened with a lawsuit by The Notorious B.I.G.’s estate.
(This article was last updated on July 3, 2017 and can be found below.)
After The Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, Sharon Osbourne and countless others called out Kylie and Kendall Jenner for their seemingly exploitive t-shirts baring the likeness of 2Pac, Biggie, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and other iconic artists, the infringing apparel were quickly removed from the Jenner sisters’ online store. But evidently that wasn’t enough. The reality television stars were not only threatened with a lawsuit from Biggie’s estate, but attorneys for The Doors are now following through with a suit of their own.
Lawyers for the band sent a cease and desist letter to the Jenner sisters dated Thursday (June 29), according to TMZ. It reportedly says the t-shirt line tarnishes their trademark and consequently their legacy.
Despite Kylie and Kendall’s apologies, it looks like this oversight could cost them a pretty penny.
(The original version of the article was published June 29, 2017 and can be found below.)
Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are embroiled in yet another controversy, which follows the drama surrounding Kendall’s recently pulled Pepsi ad earlier this year. The famous reality television stars have now released a limited edition shirt collection that features Kendall and Kylie’s faces over iconic images of Tupac and Biggie.
Kylie and Kendall really put their faces/logos overtop Biggie and Pac pictures and are trying to sell it for $125. I don't even have words. pic.twitter.com/IhbJMkUg2E
— ♔ (@FabulouslyyyMoi) June 28, 2017
Countless people took to social media to express their disgust after screenshots of the shirts appeared online. People accused the two women of trying to use Hip Hop culture to profit from dead artists. The swift backlash resulted in the Tupac and Biggie shirts being removed from Kylie and Kendall’s online store, but not before Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, called the shirts “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!!!
“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Wallace captioned the Instagram post. “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!!!”
The 15-shirt collection also features shirts with similar styles boasting photos of classic rock artists like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd and Kiss, something that caused Sharon Osbourne, wife of the Black Sabbath frontman, to chime in.
“Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons,” Osborne wrote on Twitter. “Stick to what you know … lip gloss.”
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
The shirts are priced at $125 and only available in limited quantities.
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by Kyle Eustice