Monday 19 March 2018

Estate of Biggie Smalls rejects Kylie and Kendall apology over T-shirt line

The issue is “yet to be resolved”, according to a statement.

Kendall Jenner (Aurore Marechal/PA)
Kendall Jenner (Aurore Marechal/PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

The estate of Biggie Smalls has said the matter of the late rapper’s face being used on Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s fashion line is “yet to be resolved”, hours after the sisters offered an apology.

The pair were forced to pull dozens of shirts featuring musical icons including Biggie, Tupac, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd after they began selling them online on Wednesday for 125 US dollars each (£96) as part of their Kendall + Kylie brand.

A statement from the Biggie Smalls estate issued to music magazine Billboard said: “While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorised items, this matter has yet to be resolved.”

They had earlier faced a backlash from the rapper’s mother Voletta Wallace on Instagram as the estate fired a cease and desist order.

On Instagram, Ms Wallace put a huge red X through the shirt featuring Biggie and accused them of disrespect and exploiting the deaths of Tupac and her son.

The shirts were taken down and Kylie tweeted, in part: “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologise to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists.”

Osbourne’s wife Sharon also shared her fury at the inclusion of the Black Sabbath star, saying the sisters “haven’t earned the right” to be associated with music legends.

A statement later released by the Jenners’ brand said the shirts were one-of-a-kind re-purposed vintage T-shirts and the designs were “randomly selected and not well thought out”.

The brand also apologised for “any insensitivity”, and added: “We missed the mark completely.”

Press Association

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