Kylie and Kendall Jenner are really great at promoting products, selling makeup, and angering people for cultural appropriation. The list of how many times the Jenner girls were called out for upsetting an ethnic group is long but this time, they’ve angered people for a new line of purses based on Chinese takeout boxes. The backlash was so swift and severe that shortly after they dropped the new collection, the Chinese take out handbags were pulled.
The handbag is called the “Lee clutch” and it was being sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. Currently, the link to the item pulls up a blank page. Many find that the name “Lee” for the purse is an example of cultural exploitation since “Lee” is often associated with Asian surnames.
The graphics on the bag and the fact that it is modeled after Chinese takeout is sparking outrage across social media networks.
The “Lee clutch” comes with a $150 price tag and is crafted in leather and bears the words KK Express Los Angeles, California.
Literally every time their collection drops they find a new culture to appropriate
— kat (@kattuesdays) September 14, 2017
This isn’t the first time Kylie and Kendall have been accused of cultural appropriation and it seems it might not be the last. Some are accusing the socialites of failing to come up with their own unique and original ideas. The sisters have also been accused of cultural appropriation in their own appearance as well as their choice of hairstyles.
Others are suggesting the girls get an education in business management, marketing, and cultural sensitivity. Last June, Kendall and Kylie took vintage musical tee shirts and printed their images over them. The tee shirts were set to sell for $125 but drew immediate outrage from the estates that owned the original images. Kendall and Kylie had to pull the vintage tee shirts as well.
In August 2017, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were accused of appropriating Chola culture.
— Vivala (@HeyVivala) September 6, 2017
With so many controversies surrounding Kendall and Kylie, it might be time for them to slow down on production and start educating themselves on the products they choose to sell. It seems that some form of sensitivity training is in order since the girls keep finding themselves in hot water repeatedly.
What do you think about the recent controversy? Do you think it’s time Kendall and Kylie start listening to the public and their customers and stop offending different cultures?