Back in May, the New York Post interviewed Metallica frontman, James Hetfield, and they asked him how he felt about celebrities wearing the band’s shirts, as a fashion statement.

Hetfield replied, “I remember when that whole Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica T-shirt went viral, I thought “So what?” This is America, you can wear whatever the f - - k you want. If he doesn’t know the history of the band or whatever, it’s fine. I wear lots of stuff and I have no idea of the history, I just like the logo…Everyone is welcome here….”

On the heels of that subject, here comes today’s story (via

Kylie and Kendall Jenner have apologized for selling “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rock and rock’s biggest icons.

The T-shirts in question were unveiled on the sisters’ Kendall + Kylie online shop Wednesday, and featured images of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, the late rappers, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings.

Voletta Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, criticized the Jenners in an Instagram post while a lawyer for the rapper’s estate threatened legal action should the shirts, which were on sale for $125 each, continued to be sold on their web site. In the post, Wallace also claimed that they had not been contacted with a request to use his image.

“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Wallace captioned an image of one of shirts with a giant red X emblazoned over it. “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!!!”

Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne posted a scathing tweet in which she wrote, “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know … lip gloss.”

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Jeff Jampol, manager of The Doors and the Jim Morrison estate, slammed the pair for their decision to sell the unauthorized clothing. “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 and created amazing art and messages,” Jampol said. “It’s ironic, at least, and criminal, at worst, both morally, ethically and artistically.”

Jampol added the surviving members of the band had “zero contact” with the Jenners.

“They’re obviously attention-seeking missiles who crave celebrity and being well-known but don’t actually do anything,” said Jampol. “It’s the polar opposite of the artists that they’re trampling all over. It’s just spitting in the face and on top of art and message and soul and legacy.”

On June 29th, Kendall and Kylie Jenner apologized for the offensive merchandise, writing in a Twitter message, “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 [sic]. 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.”

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  • Doug R. on

    So congressman Hetfield is okay with Justin Beaver wearing a Metallica t-shirt, why am I not surprised. Beaver should be sued for impersonating a metal fan! Speaking of lawsuits, I’m sure Gene is on the phone right now with his lawyers as we speak! I hope Gene sues the sh-t out of those idiots, whoever the hell they are.

  • RandyK on

    I have no idea who the hell these sisters are. But why would anyone spend $125 on any shirt (unless it was owned and worn by someone famous)? Furthermore these are some of the ugliest designs I have ever seen.

    • Dana on


      Never mind these two rubes, authentic metal shirts from the ’80s and ’90s, are selling at vintage stores in NYC, for over $300.

      Speaking of which, I was looking for a vintage Screaming For Vengeance raglan shirt to replace the one own, and I found a few on Etsy, the were going for between $300 and $400. So, if any of you possess any vintage metal shirts, you are sitting on a goldmine. I have quite a few including an “Ozzy for President” shirt. 🙂

      Additionally, there is t-shirt company called Junk Food, who unlike, the dumb Jenner girls, have officially licensed the rights to use band’s logos to make vintage style rock t-shirts. I got my Def Leppard Pyromania raglan shirt through them, because the band’s official web store, no longer offers that design.

      D 🙂

    • RandyK on

      Well at least the vintage shirts are cool to look at. I totally forgot my wife has some Kiss and WASP shirts from the mid 80’s, and I have a Van Halen shirt with Gary Cherone.

  • shannon mehaffey on

    …These people could at least champion some struggling band….but, no: perception is the New Reality, just straight nihilism… their lawyer figured the profit of publicity vs. the impending damages…or they are just too high to care. Probably the latter.

  • shannon mehaffey on

    “…you honor my clients were on bath salts and were smoking kale….we voluntarily cease and desist…damages? “

  • Charles Clinchot on

    I just actually read their apology their big fans of the music where’s the Justin Beiber shirts or the Katey Perry or Imagine Dragons shirt with their images on them ? Why because it their music preference and they wouldn’t deface their favoret bands with their idiotic self admeration

    • Dana on

      Forgive me for saying this, but I am highly skeptical. that they are genuinely fans of Ozzy and Metallica.

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