James Hetfield Calls Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Unauthorized Metallica T-Shirt ‘Disrespectful’
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Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All album was among the many pieces of well-known imagery used for the shirts, which superimposed Instagram shots of the starlets over pictures associated with rock acts like the Doors, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd as well as slain hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G.
The shirt inspired by the latter act was the first to receive negative attention, with the late MC’s mother calling it “disrespectful, disgusting and exploitation at its worst.” Reps for the Doors issued a cease-and-desist against the shirt featuring the band’s intellectual property, and the Jenners were also publicly criticized by Sharon Osbourne, who urged them to “stick to what you know … lip gloss.”
Hetfield joined the chorus in a recent interview with ET Canada, making it clear that the band members don’t appreciate having their work used as the basis for someone else’s product. And while the T-shirts have been recalled, he urged the young social media stars to learn a lesson from the backlash to a thoughtless business venture.
“I guess what they were thinking is, ‘We can do whatever we want.’ To me, it’s disrespectful,” said Hetfield in an interview you can watch above. “We’ve spent 36 years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something … not that it’s sacred or anything, but show some respect.”
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