Kendall and Kylie Jenner Have Issued an Apology for Those Controversial Vintage Tees
Kendall and Kylie Jenner caused a huge stir Wednesday when the sister duo launched an addition to their eponymous clothing line, Kendall + Kylie, in the form of some “vintage” band tees with a very Kardashian-Jenner twist: their faces and monograms superimposed over the images of iconic band logos and musicians.
Almost immediately after the shirts were launched, the backlash began. Folks were outraged at everything from their lack of respect of the artists’ work they were covering, to accusations of cultural appropriation, as not only were several of the artists featured black, but Kylie Jenner’s photo also showed her wearing cornrows.
Things were elevated even further when Voletta Wallace, AKA Biggie’s mother, spoke out against the shirt of Kendall Jenner’s face printed over a photo of her son, saying that the tee has no affiliation with the Notorious B.I.G. establishment, and that permission was never asked of the estate to use the image. “I’m not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner they had the right to do this,” she wrote. “The disrespect of those 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.”
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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!!!
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Sharon Osbourne also chimed in on husband Ozzy Osbourne’s behalf, telling the entrepreneurs that they “hadn’t earned the right to put [their faces] with musical icons.”
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
Now, the sisters are both issuing a matching apology to any all who might have been offended by their actions, making it clear that they have also removed the tees from the shelves (though it’s unclear how much was actually left to remove, as it had all but sold out).
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
“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. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway [sic]. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed.” The pair also said in their statement, “We will use this opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.” Well, that’s new.
It’s certainly a contrasting tactic than we’ve seen from either Jenner before. Kendall Jenner never publicly apologized for or addressed her role in the now infamous Pepsi commercial that was pulled from airwaves after viewers found it to be in poor taste, nor did she say much about her involvement with the ill-fated Fyre festival. Kylie Jenner, for her part, has kept mum about accusations of plagiarism with regard to her own branded merch. The difference this time is that rather than benefitting off the works of smaller, lesser-known creatives, the sisters have incensed some established players with major platforms. Hm…
Question remains if the artists will accept their apology.
Do you accept their apology? Tell us why or why not over @BritandCo.
.(h/t Teen Vogue; photos via Loreen Sarkis/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)