Update: Doors May Sue Jenners
Trouble for Kylie and Kendall Jenner continues to surmount as The Doors estate plans to take further legal action against the pair for their controversial line of T-shirts released last week.
The Doors plan to sue the pair for appropriating the band’s iconic image on one of their T-shirts, reports TMZ.
The shirts featured the Jenners’ faces superimposed over the likes of Doors frontman Jim Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Notorious B.I.G. and other iconic rock and rap artists. The sisters pulled the apparel from their online store and released an apology June 29 after receiving cease-and-desist letters from the estates of The Doors and Notorious B.I.G.
The sisters have endured waves of criticism, including remarks from Sharon Osbourne and Voletta Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s mother.
Arcade Fire mocked the Jenners by releasing its own T-shirt with the logo of the band’s upcoming album superimposed over Kendall Jenner’s face. The band is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from its exclusive Plus 1 Collection to Partners In Health, according to a tweet of the band’s tour merch booth.
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Kylie and Kendall Jenner face backlash after releasing a line of T-shirts with their faces superimposed over iconic rap and rock musicians.
The T-shirts featuring the sisters’ faces plastered over the likes of Doors lead Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Ozzy Osbourne and Notorious B.I.G. went on sale for $125 each June 28. The shirts were discontinued by the Jenners June 29 after the pair received cease-and-desist letters.
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“The Doors have recently learned that Kendall + Kylie are selling shirts using the Protected Property without The Doors’ authorization letter or consent,” a cease-and-desist letter from The Doors states. “Your use of registered trademarks in commerce is likely to cause confusion, mistake or to deceive consumers into believing that the Kendall + Kylie apparel was authorized by The Doors when no such authorization was sought or provided by The Doors.”
The letter continues, bashing the Jenners for disrespecting the memory of Morrison“The superimposing of a selfie of Kendall Jenner over the iconic ‘Lion’ portrait of the late Jim Morrison is offensive and remarkable for its failure to recognize the rights of the estate of Mr. Morrison to control the use of his likeness,” it reads.
Jeff Jampol, manager of The Doors and the Jim Morrison estate, criticized the pair.
“This is a case of people who fashion themselves as celebrities who are famous for being well-known but don’t actually do anything trying to utilize and steal and capitalize on the legacies of those who actually did do something,” Jampol told Rolling Stone.
Voletta Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, joined in on the criticism, calling the shirt “disrespectful, disgusting and exploitation at its worst.” Her lawyer also issued a cease-and-desist to the sisters.
Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne tweeted “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know … lip gloss.”
The sisters issued an apology after pulling the T-shirts.
“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 anyway. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have bene removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
The Doors and the estate of Notorious B.I.G. were reportedly considering taking further legal action at press time.