Last week, Kendall and Kylie Jenner added a new collection of t-shirts to their website. Don't bother going to check them out, the entire line was pulled from the website in a matter of hours. The shirts featured images of the Jenner sisters superimposed over already existing merch from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors, Tupac, and The Notorious B.I.G., amongst others. The shirts, priced at $125 each, were removed after the girls received cease and desist letters.
Fans, managers, and families of the artists that the Jenners quite literally covered were not shy about expressing their anger and disgust towards the shirts, and the girls' complete disrespect for the lives and work of others. Sharon Osbourne was amongst the first to hit back with what just might be the burn of the century, with a tweet (that didn't actually @ either Kendall or Kylie) telling the girls to "stick to what you know...lip gloss." Voletta Wallace, Biggie's mother, also shared her feelings towards the shirts, revealing in a scathing Instagram post that they were not authorized by Biggie's estate, nor did they have knowledge of the shirts prior to the release, and went on to say the shirts "disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst" in the caption.
Indie-rockers Arcade Fire
were also less than impressed by the Jenners' insensitivity, but they chose to respond in a manner a little more on Kendall and Kylie's level. The band unveiled a new, unauthorized shirt of their own at their show in London on July 4th. But unlike Kylie and Kendall, Arcade Fire did not exploit other people's lives and accomplishments to put money in their own pockets. The band put the logo for their album, Everything Now
, (which will be released on July 28th) over an image of Kendall that was originally on one of the now nonexistent Jenner shirts. And 100% of the proceeds from the new shirt will be going to Partners In Health, a nonprofit organization that establishes and maintains health care centers in underfunded countries such as Liberia and Rwanda, as well as providing house calls to those who cannot make it to the centers.