Arcade Fire is firing back at Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s T-shirt controversy. The Canadian indie rock band is reportedly selling official concert tees that feature the logo for their upcoming album, Everything Now, emblazoned on the scorned reality TV stars’ faces. According to a report from Rolling Stone, 100 percent of the proceeds from the satirized shirts, which were first spotted being sold at the band’s merch stand after a recent show at London’s York Hall, will benefit health care organization Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps provide health care in developing countries.
In another dig at the Keeping Up with the Kardashian stars, the official Arcade Fire Twitter account tweeted a photo of Kendall holding a fidget spinner along with the caption, “Also, somebody got a fidget spinner, but it’s not official.”
Reality stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner made headlines last week after they unveiled a “vintage” T-shirt line that featured their faces superimposed over images of famous music icons like the Doors, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Tupac Shakur, Led Zeppelin, and Notorious B.I.G. along with the words “Repurposed in the USA.”
But the $125 tees were not well received by the artists and their families. Biggie Small’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne’s wife/manager, Sharon, were especially vocal, blasting the Jenner sisters on social media. The Doors and Wallace’s lawyers quickly filed cease-and-desist letters after the exploitive, overpriced T-shirts made their debut last week.
In stark contrast to the Jenner siblings’ doomed tees, the satirized Arcade Fire band T-shirts cost a much more reasonable £25 ($32.28 in U.S. currency).
Amid the backlash of their brand, the Jenner sisters removed the offensive products from their website and apologized for disrespecting the “cultural icons.” A rep for the Kendall + Kylie brand told Billboard there was no ill intent when deciding to create the “repurposed” vintage tees and that the iconic images used on the shirts “were randomly selected and not well thought out.”
Of course, while Arcade Fire’s clap back is a well-meaning satire that will do the band’s selected charity some good, one has to wonder if the famous sisters will clap back on their own. After all, Arcade Fire is using images of Kendall and Kylie on their shirts. But somehow it doesn’t seem at all offensive.
When Arcade Fire band members aren’t trolling the Jenners, the Canadian hipsters are making music. Radio.com reports that Arcade Fire debuted a new song, “Chemistry,” at their recent London show. The band’s fifth studio album, Everything Now, is set to drop July 28.
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