The internet has once again gone in on the Jenner sisters, in what has become a regular occurrence for the siblings, with accusations of cultural appropriation. These accusations appeared once their clothing line Kendall + Kylie featured modified “vintage” band tees including Notorious BIG, Tupac, Pink Floyd and Ozzy Osbourne.
The modifications include K .K. initials, a superimposed image of Kendall’s face and a regular Kylie-Jenner-bikini-insta-pic. Reactions to the collection have been harsh and swift. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace labelled them “disrespectful” and “disgusting.” Shade icon and wife of Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne, tweeted that the girls should stick to what they know, “lip gloss.” Burn.
Now, more than ever, it seems like a good time to look back at the controversial merchandise cock-ups of history.
Cradle of Filth – “Jesus Is a C**t” Tee
Possibly the greatest controversy in merch release history with over two decades of headlines following it. English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth released the tee which features a masturbating nun on the front of the shirt with the bold “Jesus Is a C**t” text on the back. The shirt has even resulted in multiple arrests. Kendal and Kylie wish.
Getter – “fun at edc!!!!!”
The EDM music scene has developed a notoriety for its misogynistic attitude. This attempt at edgy merch is no exception. American artist Getter released this shirt with the image of him getting a blowjob. Many called out Getter in regards to if the woman in the picture gave consent for the shirt to be released. He claims the cash from the shirt was split with the woman pictured. In the words of Sex and the City‘s Samantha Jones, “they don’t call it a job for nothing.”
— get (@GetterOfficial) June 29, 2016
Run The Jewels – THE FUCK BOY REVENGE PACKAGE
At a measly $100,000 USD, American hip hop supergroup Run The Jewels will “fly to your town, stalk and ultimately take revenge upon anyone in your life who has ever wronged you through a series of humiliating and vicious tactics designed to bring shame upon their name and the name of their children. We will then train your enemies pet to love you.” This may seem over the top, but don’t forget you’ll also grab an LP, a signed poster, a T-shirt, a CD and stickers. Disappointingly, the item has a disclaimer that Run The Jewels reserve the right to take your money and not meet any of its obligations. Unsure if it’s real, but want to find out and have a few grand to burn? You can get it here.
Taylor Swift – Pot Holder Set
While not a band tee per say, nor very controversial, but this pot holder set is simply confusing. Why are there seagulls? Why is Taylor Swift selling a pot holder set? Who is the target market for this item? How much has this set contributed to Swifts $280 million net worth? It can’t be confirmed, but if that is the the kind of money in the pot holder set business, please sign me up.