The Doors and Sharon Osbourne have both also weighed in
2016 was meant to be the year for realising stuff. That didn’t last long as the Jenners have managed to court controversy again. Kendall and Kylie Jenner released a new t-shirt collection on Wednesday (28 June), featuring their faces superimposed over classic t-shirt designs from The Doors, Biggie, Tupac, Pink Floyd and Metallica. The collection has since been pulled following backlash from Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, Sharon Osbourne and now, The Doors’ manager, Jeff Jampol.
Wallace said via an 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.”
Osbourne tweeted: “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know… lip gloss.”
The Jenners have issued a statement apologising. Their statement reads: “We deeply apologise to anyone that has been upset and/or offended… We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway.”
The Doors have also sent a cease-and-desist letter stating: “Your use of the registered trademarks in commerce is likely to cause confusion, mistake or to deceive consumers into believing that the Kendall + Kylie apparel was authorized by the Doors when no such authorization was sought or provided by the Doors.”
“The superimposing of a selfie of Kendall Jenner over the iconic ‘Lion’ portrait of the late Jim Morrison is offensive and remarkable for its failure to recognize the rights of the estate of Mr. Morrison to control the use of his likeness.”
Jeff Jampol, manager of The Doors told Rolling Stone, “This is a case of people who fashion themselves as celebrities who are famous for being well-known but don’t actually do anything trying to utilize and steal and capitalize on the legacies of those who actually did do something and created amazing art and messages.”
“They’re obviously attention-seeking missiles who crave celebrity and being well-known but don’t actually do anything,” Jampol continued. “It’s the polar opposite of the artists that they’re trampling all over. It’s just spitting in the face and on top of art and message and soul and legacy.”
Read the statements from Voletta Wallace, Sharon Osbourne and the Jenners below.
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!!!
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
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017