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While Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s apology for defacing vintage tees bearing the likeness of the late Biggie Smalls with their own airbrushed mugs is “appreciated,” it has not been fully accepted.
After Kendall posted an apologetic note on Twitter, in which she stated that the offending merchandise and all images had been removed from her brand’s site and social media accounts, Notorious B.I.G.’s estate released the following statement to Billboard: “While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorized items, this matter has yet to be resolved.”
The social media hate storm began raining down on the sisters on Wednesday after their eponymous fashion label began selling vintage shirts featuring Tupac Shakur, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and other artists plastered with the Jenners‘ own faces and initials. Apparently, they didn’t ask before they slapped their Kendall + Kylie tag on the copyrighted artwork.
Voletta Wallace, mother of Smalls (aka Christopher Wallace), wrote a lengthy Instagram post in which she revealed that the Notorious B.I.G. estate had never been contacted by the Kendall and Kylie brand to ask for permission to use her son’s image. She added that the shirts, priced at $125 a pop, were “disgusting” and “exploitation at its worst.”
On Thursday, Julian K. Petty, the lawyer for Smalls‘ estate, sent a scathing cease-and-desist letter to the sisters asking that the shirts be taken down immediately or face a lawsuit.
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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Read Jenner’s full apology below:
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
1:38 p.m. Friday, June 30: Updated the link to THR’s story about the cease and desist letter.
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