Kendall and Kylie Jenner Remove Tupac, Biggie Vintage T-Shirts from Clothing Site Following Twitter Backlash

Kendall and Kylie Jenner can’t seem to go a day without culturally appropriating something from the black community. To be fair, the Kardashian-Jenner clan are known collectively for the things they borrow from black culture and sell to the public as theirs, but lately, it’s been the Jenner sisters that have been getting into the most hot water in the arena of public opinion. Kendall was just playing the position of the great white hope in Pepsi’s now-pulled “protest” ad. And Kylie is just – well Kylie.

Yesterday (June 28), Kendall and Kylie unveiled some new merch in their store and black Twitter was not having it.

The girls debuted their Kendall + Kylie limited edition capsule collection line of “vintage t-shirts” that included original images of Biggie, Tupac, Metallica, and Pink Floyd with their images (or logo) superimposed onto the shirts. At $125 a pop, the Jenners were trying to profit off the backs of black culture yet again.

While it is true that the family is rather close to rappers – Travis Scott (Kylie’s beau), Kanye West (Kim’s husband), and A$AP Rocky (Kendall’s rumored beau) – it does not give them an honorary rapper card. Why touch (and tarnish) rap legacies when they have several rappers around them that could just give them the go-ahead to work and manipulate their merch? Tupac and Biggie have passed and we highly doubt that either of their estates approved this venture – and those estates are definitely not receiving a cut from the line.

To say the least, the Jenner sisters showing yet another example of cultural insensitivity exhibited by the Kardashian-Jenner clan made Twitter livid. Here are some of our favorite social commentary below.

The reality TV stars have since removed the Biggie and Tupac t-shirts but still have the Metallica and Pink Floyd shirts available (although they are equally disgraceful/distasteful). This controversy stirs in the same month that Kylie was accused of ripping off a black designer’s clothing line, Plugged NYC, with the unrolling of her recent clothing designs.

What this incident goes to show is that the Kardashian-Jenner clan does not have a creative bone in their bodies if they constantly have to make coins from piggybacking on someone else’s idea, or downright stealing another’s. Step your creative team up, ladies.

Update:

Biggie’s mother, Violetta Wallace, responded to the news of the t-shirt line featuring her late son’s face and likeness on some of its clothing items. Read her full response below.


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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.