Reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been forced to remove a controversial line of t-shirts from sale after a massive backlash.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars created a range of t-shirts which which featured their faces superimposed over an assortment of music legends including rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G, as well as the logos of rock bands Pink Floyd, Metallica and The Doors.
There was an outcry on social media after the celebrity sisters unveiled the range, which was branded "disgusting" and "disrespectful" by Voletta Wallace, the mother of the late rap artist The Notorious B.I.G.
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Taking to Instagram, she said: "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!!!"
A lawyer for Biggie Smalls' estate issued a cease and desist letter to the Jenners on Thursday, demanding that they stop selling the t-shirts by 5pm on Friday. They were on sale on their official website at $125 a pop.
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Black Sabbath star Ozzy Osbourne also took to social media to voice her disgust., tweeting: "Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss."
Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss. pic.twitter.com/BhmuUVrDBn— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) June 29, 2017
After a day of negative coverage, the sisters made the decision to withdraw the t-shirts from sale. They issued the same apology on Twitter late on Thursday, writing: "These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists.
"We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in any way. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry."
After the sisters made their apologies over the offending merchandise, the Notorious B.I.G.'s estate released a statement to Billboard which read: "While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorized items, this matter has yet to be resolved."
This is not the first time that Kendall Jenner has attracted backlash on social media and in the press this year. The 21-year-old model was criticised after appearing in a widely panned Pepsi advert which showed her acting as a peacemaker between civil rights activists and police. The advert was canned after it drew condemnation for appearing to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement.