The members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan have a knack for sucking the talent and public notoriety out of the Black people they choose to associate with. It now appears that even those who passed away aren’t safe from their Space Jam-like superpowers.
Kendall Jenner – who I never thought I’d be writing about – recently came under fire after she released t-shirts displaying the likes of artists like 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. with her own face featured on top of them. As you’d expect, fans of the artists lashed out and the sisters took the t-shirts off of their website.
Despite that and a public apology, the clapback hasn’t let up. The most notable criticism came from Voletta Wallace, Big’s mother, and the Brooklyn rapper’s estate.
“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Wallace said on Instagram.“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!!!”
The Root reports that the estate said the following: “While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorized items, this matter has yet to be resolved.”
Kendall Jenner followed up on Wallace’s post with an apology of her own, but many feel it’s too little too late. The problem wasn’t as much the t-shirts as it was the message they promote – the Kardashians/Jenners feel that they can insert themselves on every aspect of black culture, despite the many reminders that they can’t.