Tupac’s photographer is suing Kendall and Kylie Jenner for using Tupac’s face on their on t-shirt line.
Photographer Michael Miller has filed a lawsuit against culturally tone deaf Kylie and Kendall Jenner for their use of photographs of Tupac Shakur on a run of “vintage” t-shirts. The images used by the Kendall + Kylie brand are copyrighted by Miller.
The t-shirts, which included images of icons such as Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, the Notorious B.I.G., and Kiss with photos of none other than appropriators Kylie and Kendall Jenner emblazoned over the musical legends, retailed for a cool $125 each. Not too long back lawyers representing The Doors’ estate remarked that they will be pursuing a lawsuit against the sisters. Voletta Wallace, the mother of the late Biggie took to Instagram to express the estate’s disapproval.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Miller’s attorney Scott Alan Burroughs claims that the Kylie + Kendall brand “at no times notified Miller that they intended to exploit his photography, let alone obtained his authorization.” It also states “an association with Kendall is particularly problematic given that she was complicit in not one but two of the worst public relations disasters in recent memory.” The lawsuit is making reference to the Pepsi commercial where Kendall exhibits her amazing capacity for cultural tone deafness by depicting herself solving white supremacy, racism, economic inequality, and the ills of the world generally by gifting a police officer a can of the allegedly refreshing beverage.
Miller has worked with an array of famed artists including Nick Cave, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, James Franco, the aforementioned Tupac, and others. The release of the t-shirts saw a strong negative response from social media. Representatives from the Kylie + Kendall brand have since apologized.
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017