Biggie Estate Rejects Kendall And Kylie Apology Over T-Shirt Line
UPDATE #2: Although Kendall and Kylie Jenner have removed their vintage t-shirts of Biggie, Tupac and other artists and bands from their website, Biggie’s estate is still coming for the Jenners. In a statement to People the estate said: “While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorized items, this matter has yet to be resolved.”
UPDATE: Kylie Jenner has issued an apology in regards to her and Kendall’s clothing line. “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,” Kylie wrote. “We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) June 29, 2017
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The Notorious B.I.G.’s mother has called out Kendall and Kylie Jenner for defacing her son’s image for their latest clothing line.
News of the sisters’ clothing line was announced on Wednesday, which features t-shirts of the Jenners’ faces displayed in front of images of Biggie and Tupac, as well as rock bands such as Metallica and Pink Floyd, with each one costing $125. On Thursday afternoon, Voletta Wallace took to her Instagram to voice her displeasure with the shirts of both Biggie and Tupac, writing:
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!
Prior to Wallace’s post, Julian K. Petty, the lawyer for Biggie’s estate, sent the Jenner sisters a cease and desist letter with a Friday deadline to pull the controversial shirts, claiming that the estate never granted them permission to use the iconic Brooklyn rapper’s image.
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!!!
Shortly after Petty sent the letter the Biggie shirt, as well as two other shirts with Tupac’s image, were removed from the sisters’ website.
“This is misappropriation at its finest,” Petty said to TMZ. “I’m curious to hear the justification. I’m even more curious to hear the proposed resolution.”
Suge Jacob Knight, Suge Knight‘s son, has also spoken out against the shirts. “I didn’t believe it when I first saw it but I have to agree with Voletta Wallace. It’s bad business and highly disrespectful,” Knight wrote on his Instagram. “These are the same people who wear braids and call it a new style but then call a black girl with the same style ratchet.”
I didnt believe it when i first saw it but I have to agree with @volettawallce . It's bad business and highly disrespectful. These are the same people who wear braids and call it a new style but then call a black girl with the same style ratchet. Who also needs to be checked is @tyga for stealing the Death Row logo and putting it on his last kings clothing line. There's your warning.