BREAKING | The online criticism heaped upon Kendall and Kylie Jenner was so far over the top, it bordered on cyber bullying
The classic rock and old school rap worlds are no strangers to the appropriation of their image and sound without permission.
It's been a pretty shit year for Kendall Jenner as far as optics go. After the fizz finally settled on her Pepsi ad controversy, she's suddenly found herself being raked over the coals once again for cultural appropriation, insensitivity and basically failing to understand how copyrights work.
In a beautifully transparent metaphor for all that society hates about them, the women released shirts for their clothing line Kendall + Kylie that featured their faces in hot pink and yellow superimposed over musical juggernauts like Ozzy Osbourne, Notorious B.I.G., and the Doors.
Was this move lacking even a basic foundation of self-awareness? Certainly. Was it the worst thing that's ever happened in the history of music and fashion? Not so much. The classic rock and old school rap worlds are no strangers to the appropriation of their image and sound without permission. And while usually whoever did the stealing is handed cease and desist letters and maybe even some angry press, the estates of these bands eviscerated the Jenners.
The vitriol and hatred that was heaped upon Kendall and Kylie Jenner for this misstep was so far over the top, it (yeah, we're saying it) bordered on cyber bullying.
The attacks were familiar. The "girls" do nothing. They are famous for doing nothing. They are vapid creatures that bring down society's IQ with their stupid smiles and lip kits.
Rolling Stone reached out to Jeff Jampol (manager of the Doors and the Jim Morrison estate) who responded with spitting hatred. "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."
"They're obviously attention-seeking missiles who crave celebrity and being well-known but don't actually do anything," he said again just to make sure everyone understands that the women sit around in pajamas all day long watching cartoons. But props to you, Jampol, for not actually saying the word "whore."
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have a net worth of approximately $20 million. Each. Good God, who is paying them for all this nothing? Oh, right. They get it from being entrepreneurs who run their own companies (yes, plural companies), have television shows, star in high fashion shows and occasionally use their platform to advocate for things like gun control. That sounds like an extremely exhausting list of nothing.
The Doors were a wildly successful band.
For four years. Over 45 years ago.
But please do go on and tell me how much something you're doing these days. The Doors Instagram has about 696k followers. Kendall Jenner has 82.1 million. This is somewhere just shy of 12,000% more than The Doors.
Now over to Sharon Osbourne, husband of bat-eating Ozzy. She responded to the women's lack of self-awareness by demonstrating her own, tweeting, "Girls, you haven't earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know… lip gloss." Wowee! Let's break this down. First off, love the word "girls." Excellent way to showcase your condescension and void of feminist values right from the jump. They are little, silly girls. Got it. What's next? Oh, yes. Their privilege. They haven't earned the right! Interesting version of "they do nothing." Quick ellipses for impact… Lip gloss!
Pucker up, girls, you're nothing more than stupid pretty faces slathered in makeup who are only famous because the one-time patriarch of your family once did something noteworthy... oh… Does this sound familiar in any way, Sharon?
I have no words for this type of blatant stupidity. So I'll have to use the words Mrs. Osbourne once used about Madonna, "I would like to punch her. She is so full of shit."
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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