Within months of social media pundits shutting down Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad, the reality star and her sister Kylie have had to apologize to the public for what some are calling cultural appropriation.
Recently, the duo introduced a selection limited edition vintage music T-shirts from their Kendall + Kylie clothing collection. The shirts, which were retailing for $125, feature artists like Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, but the shirt that’s got Twitter and Instagram all worked up is one that features Kylie over a photo of Tupac Shakur. The shirt reads at the top: “2 PAC 1971-1996” and at the bottom: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians star’s Instagram stats.”
Late Thursday, Kendall took to Twitter to apologize and announce that the shirts were no longer for sale. “The designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended,” she tweeted.
Shelling out the T-shirts featuring their faces superimposed over some of music’s most classic albums and artists had been described as disrespectful, distasteful and and, most often, characterized as cultural appropriation.
The T-shirts even garnered a response from Vonetta Wallace, Biggie’s mom, who called the shirts featuring her son exploitation.
Since the Jenner sisters have responded to the outcry, their effort has been met with
mix reactions from their fans and foes.