Voletta Wallace responds to the sisters’ controversial t-shirt collection.
Earlier this morning, Kendall and Kylie Jenner stirred up controversy on social media with the launch of their “vintage” band t-shirt collection. The $125 tees in question featured the Jenners’ faces superimposed over artists like Tupac, Biggie, Metallica and more. People were quick to call out the designs for appropriating black culture and disrespecting the legacies of the late Tupac and Biggie.
Now, the Notorious B.I.G.’s mom, Voletta Wallace, is speaking out against the designs. Wallace took to Instagram to state that the “disrespectful” shirts have no affiliation to the late rapper’s estate. She also revealed that she was never contacted about using Biggie’s image for the shirts.
“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!!!,” Wallace wrote on Instagram.
Since facing backlash, Kendall and Kylie have responded by pulling the entire t-shirt collection from their site. Along with ceasing production of the designs, both sisters released a statement apologizing for the collection. “We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway,” Jenner wrote.
Read the full statement below:
Culled from Harper bazaar