Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Metallica's James Hetfield on Controversial Kendall & Kylie Jenner T-Shirt Line: 'Show Some Respect'

Metallica's James Hetfield on Controversial Kendall & Kylie Jenner T-Shirt Line: 'Show Some Respect':

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James Hetfield of Metallica performs at Coliseo de Puerto Rico on Oct. 26, 2016 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. 
Last month, Kendall and Kylie Jenner stirred up some serious controversy when a T-shirt line debuted that featured the sisters' images and logos superimposed over photos of music icons, including The Notorious B.I.G., Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd and others. There was swift legal action from a Tupac Shakur photographer, whose work was used without permission, and from lawyers representing The Doors, causing the line to be pulled from online retailers and the sisters to apologize.

But the damage was already done, and one of those music icons who is none too pleased with the "homage" is Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

"I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want,'" Hetfield says in an interview with ET Canada. "To me, it's disrespectful. We've spent 36 years working, doing our best, to keep a really close connection with people [and] make every note count. And someone just throws something up over something that we feel -- not that it's sacred or anything -- but show some respect."

The T-shirts have since been pulled from the Jenners' online store after numerous complaints, including Biggie's mom Voletta Wallace, who called the shirts "disgusting."



Hetfield is currently on the road for Metallica's WorldWired North American Tour in support of the 2016 album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.