Kendall and Kylie Jenner have folded in the battle over their T-shirt line.
The reality-show princesses took to Instagram on Thursday, after being raked over the coals for T-shirts they were hawking that featured images of deceased rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, to apologize for marketing the shirts.
The Jenners also said that they will no longer sell the shirts, admitting that the designs “were not well thought out.”
“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,” the social-media mea culpa read. “We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway [sic]. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed.”
– Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
The apology continued, “We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
The Jenners were widely condemned for the T-shirts this week, not least of all by the mother of Biggie Smalls, who vented at the duo via Instagram on Thursday.
“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Voletta Wallace wrote 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,” Wallace continued of the shirt, offered as part of the Jenners’ collection of vintage-inspired T-shirts. “This is disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”
To further emphasize the point, Wallace posted an image of the shirt with a red “X” drawn over it, with the message, “THIS PRODUCT HAS NO AFFILIATION TO THE NOTORIOUS B,I,G. ESTATE. The estate was never contacted about using The Likeness of Biggie.”