Munoz: ‘Tweens’ shouldn’t look at Kendall, Kylie as perfect role models

The latest controversy involving Kendall (left) and Kylie (right) Jenner raises questions about them as role models.

Valeria Munoz

Palm Beach Post Opinion Intern

The Kardashians just can’t seem to catch a break this year.

First Kendall Jenner’s “groundbreaking” Pepsi commercial dissed members of the Black Lives Matter movement; and don’t even get me started on Rob Kardashian’s restraining order ordeal with estranged girlfriend Blac Chyna. Now, Kendall and Kylie are facing a backlash in regard to their newest graphic t-shirts featuring musical icons.

You may think “it’s just clothes, how could they go wrong?” Well trust me, the sisters went very, very, wrong.

The t-shirts feature images of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., as well as rockers Ozzy Osbourne and the Doors — just to name a few. But the musicians’ original album cover art are overshadowed by Kendall and Kylie’s initials, faces and even Kylie’s pool selfie. Priced at $125, the limited edition shirts were removed from their store’s website — but not before two people purchased a Tupac shirt.

Graphic tees paying homage to bands are all the rage from Target to Brandy Melville, but the Jenner sisters completely missed the point. Rather than make the musicians the center of the design, using the legendary logos as a background completely minimized the importance of those symbols.

The sisters’ ignorance to music history was disrespectful to the musicians and their families. Many relatives have spoken out. The Doors’ former lawyer has filed a cease-and-desist lawsuit, and Michael Miller, a photographer for Tupac, is also attempting to sue the duo. The Kendall and Kylie brand has since issued a statement saying “the allegations are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless.”

Profiting off of musicians’ images doesn’t make the duo “edgy,” “trendy,” or “vintage.” It exposes just how oblivious they are to rap and rock culture. They seem to be just as clueless as a teen who buys a band shirt, yet can’t name one song by that band.

Believe it or not, kids — specifically “tweens” (8-12 years) — are growing up with Kendall and Kylie as role models. Whether they are good role models is certainly up for debate, but they are constantly in the public eye. And if their millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter is any indication, the sisters have quite an influence over their young fans; the same fans who watch their show, and buy their lipstick.

Having said that their designs were “randomly selected and not well thought out,” Kendall and Kylie might want to spend more time on their designs and consider the repercussions of their actions and less time on profiting off of others’ legacies.

Munoz, a 2017 graduate of Boca Raton High School, is an intern in the Palm Beach Post Opinion Department.