Biggest Kardashian business scandals from Kylie Jenner's makeup line to Kendall's tequila ad backlash

The Kardashians are no strangers to controversy and have experienced backlash for their numerous business ventures.

Kylie Jenner’s creepy makeup line photoshoot and Kendall Jenner’s tequila brand backlash are just two of the famous family’s business fails.


KIM'S SEX TAPE

The Kardashians were officially introduced to the world when Kim's sex tape with Ray J, 40, was leaked.

While the tape was filmed in 2002 when they were still a couple, it wasn't leaked up 2007.

Months later, Kim, 41, and her famous family began starring on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

While the tape is not a traditional business venture, there's no denying that the scandal helped skyrocket Kim and her family to stardom.

Despite happening nearly 20 years ago, Kim is still regularly asked about the infamous sex tape.

During the KUWTK reunion in June, the mother of four admitted she wants to "erase" the tape from her past.

KIM ACCUSED OF DARKENING SKIN FOR KKW AD

Back in 2017, Kim faced backlash for appearing to darken her skin in an ad for her KKW brand contour kits.

The TV personality's skin tone appeared so dark that some fans even accused her of blackface.

Kim later addressed the controversy while speaking to The New York Times in June 2017, stating: "I would obviously never want to offend anyone.

"I used an amazing photographer and a team of people.

"I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off."

She continued: Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did.

"But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos.

"We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away.

"Definitely, I have learned from it."

Kim continued to address the controversy during an episode of KUWTK.

After learning about the backlash, she told cameras: "I'm seeing these photos from the campaign, the ones that we took, and people online are saying that I'm doing blackface, but I would never in a million years be disrespectful and do that."

KENDALL + KYLIE LAWSUIT

Also in 2017, Kylie, 24, and Kendall, 26, were sued after their clothing line, Kendall + Kylie, released a line of "vintage" T-shirts.

The faded shirts featured images of Kendall and Kylie's faces that were superimposed over famous musicians including Tupac, The Doors, Biggie Smalls and Ozzy Ozbourne.

While the line received backlash and was accused of "disrespecting" the musicians, the drama continued when photographer Michael Miller later sued the stars.

Michael, who took the image of Tupac that was featured on one of the shirts, accused Kendall and Kylie of using the image without his permission. 

According to Rolling Stone, the photographer alleged that they "misappropriated and wrongfully exploited" the pictures and "intended to exploit his photography."

The sisters disputed the allegations and claimed they were given permission to use the photos. 

The lawsuit was eventually dropped in 2018, while no details about a settlement were released.

The Washington Post reported that the Jenners also received cease and desist orders from The Doors' estate, Notorious B.I.G.'s mother and Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne.

KHLOE'S KHLO-C-D VIDEOS

Khloe Kardashian, 37, faced backlash in 2018 when she launched a YouTube channel called Khlo-C-D.

The channel's name was a reference to the mental health disorder OCD, which impacts 2.2 million adults in the United States.

According to Cosmopolitan, Khloe began using the controversial term in videos beginning in 2015.

Despite many fans taking to social media to beg the KUWTK star to change the channel's name, Khloe never appeared to address the backlash and eventually stopped sharing videos on the channel.

KIM'S KIMONO BACKLASH

Kim once again faced controversy in 2019 when she announced her new shapewear brand called Kimono.

Kim, who came up with the brand's name as a play on words of her own name, was quickly hit with claims of cultural appropriation and was slammed as insensitive regarding the significance of kimonos in Japanese culture.

Following backlash from fans, Kim addressed addressed the controversy in a 2019 interview with WSJ Magazine.

"You would think we would have obviously thought it through a little bit deeper," she said at the time.

"I'm the first person to say, 'OK, of course, I can't believe we didn't think of this.'

"I obviously had really innocent intentions.

"But, let's listen. And I want to really listen. And I want to really take it all in. I do love Japan."

Kim instead ending up launching her shapwear line, SKIMS, in August 2019.


KYLIE'S WALNUT FACE SCRUB

Kylie faced backlash in May 2019 when Kylie Skin released a walnut face scrub.

In the product's ad, Kylie claimed it could be used "every day."

She added: "It's gentle enough to use every day, I recommend two or three times a week. That's how much I use it.

"Some walnut face scrubs are kind of harsh on the skin. This isn't too abrasive and it really leaves my skin feeling super baby soft. […] My walnut face scrub is my secret to a fresh face."

However, Kylie's claims have been refuted by dermatologists.

According to a report by Insider, dermatologists says that the "fine walnut powder" found in the scrub is likely too abrasive to be used on delicate face skin.

It's also believed that the product can be harmful to those that use it.

"Physical scrubs can cause micro trauma to the skin, especially if overused," dermatologist Kathleen Suozzi told the outlet. 

KENDALL'S 'TONE DEAF' PEPSI AD

Kendall faced backlash when she appeared in a controversial Pepsi ad in 2017.

In the commercial, Kendall handed a can of Pepsi to a police officer in an attempt to end a protest.

Many fans slammed the ad for seemingly making light of the Black Lives Matter movement, while it was dubbed as "tone-deaf."

Kendall later addressed the controversy during a KUWTK episode.

She said through tears: "I trusted everyone. I trusted the teams.

"But after I saw the reaction and I read what people had to say about it, I most definitely saw what went wrong.

"I was so stuck, and I really didn't know what to do, that I completely shut down."

KENDALL'S INVOLVEMENT WITH FYRE FESTIVAL

Back in 2017, Kendall was allegedly paid $275,000 for a now-deleted Instagram post that promoted the Fyre Festival.

The music event gained a lot of buzz in 2017 for its heavy advertising and bold promises of a luxury getaway with A-list entertainment.

The highly-anticipated spectacle, put on by hip-hop artist Ja Rule, garnered global media attention after it never actually came to life.

In August 2019, Kendall was sued by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York – who has been recovering money for investors that lost money due to the festival.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, the lawsuit claimed that money constituted a fraudulent transfer as she was paid to promote something the organizers never pulled off.

The judge in the KUWTK star’s case had not yet signed off on the terms of the settlement, the outlet said.

She eventually ended up paying a $90,000 legal settlement for her involvement in the festival, which she allegedly believes was a "small price" to pay for the "fiasco."

KHLOE SLAMMED FOR PROMOTING GOOD AMERICAN DURING PANDEMIC

Many people were negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as numerous jobs were lost and others fell ill.

However, the trying times didn't stop Khloe from promoting her Good American brand.

Back in April 2020, Khloe advertised a sale for the clothing company she co-founded in 2016 where most pieces retail for over $150.

Alongside the promo shots, the mom-of-one wrote: “For a limited time you can shop 30% off my favorite styles on @goodamerican!"

Khloe added on Instagram: "Everything's different now. So we changed our prices because you deserve a little something extra."

Despite the discount, many fans voiced the hefty price tag was too much – especially during a global pandemic.

Alongside a gif of sister Kourtney, 41, famously saying “Kim, there’s people that are dying,” one fan tweeted: “Most of us aren't surviving right now Khloe. I know revenue is probably down for your company and that's awful but…

“Not any ill will towards you by any means but can you possibly raise awareness for those that need it most?” they added.

“It’s still too much… seriously right now is not the time to advertise your “sales” most people don’t have money for jeans right now….” someone wrote with an angry face emoji.

KENDALL'S TEQUILA BRAND ACCUSED OF 'CULTURAL APPROPRIATION'

Kendall faced backlash in May 2021 when fans fans slammed the model for ads to promote her tequila brand, 818.

In the ads, Kendall dressed up in a pair of jeans with stains on them, a cropped white top and an oversized stripped button-up left undone in ads for the new product.

The model also wore a cowboy hat on her back, kept in place with ties around her neck and styled her long, brown hair in two braids.

Throughout the ad photos and commercial, Kendall walked through fields, held a glass of her tequila while smiling, posed with a horse, and showed some of the workers in the fields.

One fan slammed her, writing: “Wtf is this commercial. Insulting and offensive @KendallJenner did you not learn from your Pepsi fiasco?"

“Having workers in the fields while you’re on your horse looking down on them as if you own them. Disgusting and tone deaf.”

Another wrote: “Am I the only Mexican that thinks @KendallJenner ‘s acting hella colonizer with her new @818Tequila ad? Very very cultural appropriated vibes with that."

TEQUILA COMPANY ACCUSED KENDALL OF 'COPYING' THEM

Kendall was soon hit with more controversy when the Texas company Tequila 512 bashed Kendall on Instagram with a striking image that showed a message from a confused customer inquiring about the parallels between the brands.

“Is that you or did someone copy you?” A buyer named Aaron asked 512 along with a side-by-side picture of the two bottles. 

Both Tequila 512 and Kendall’s 818 have similar large, bold black font that begins bigger at the top of the bottle and shrinks towards the bottom. 

Only a rectangular yellow backing is behind the branding to make words pop against the clear glass – which are in similarly shaped bottles. 

The names are similar and derived from the same inspiration – with 512 being the Austin, Texas area code where the company is based out of and 818 – the Calabasas area code where Kendall lives.

In the caption, 512 slammed 818 even further when pointing out the KUWTK star uses the SAME exact agave farm and distillery they use in Jalisco, México.

They wrote: “You may have seen that @kendalljenner released a “new” tequila today. 

“Note the similarities, including the color, the name and it is made at the same distillery in Tequila Mexico as ours. 

“Their batches are being distilled twice. Ours three times. Yet she is charging twice as much per bottle. 

“And here we are getting messages like the one in this post image. Doesn’t seem very cool. What do you think?”

According to reports, tequila is required to be double distilled at minimum but higher-quality brands, such as 512, complete the process a third time. 

KHLOE'S FAT-SHAMING CLIP RESURFACES

In August 2021, Khloe was targeted by critics when a TikToker with the handle "Cheeto Puff Bar" shared a clip of the KUWTK star talking about overweight people in a 2019 interview with Jay Shetty.

In the clip, Khloe said: "I can't stand people who are, like, eating a bucket of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and they are like [mock-crying] 'I'm so fat.'

"And like, they won't work out, they won't change their diet, they won't drink more water, they won't whatever…"

The TikTok user added their own thoughts at the end of the clip, telling the camera: "I can't stand people who complain about hating fat people."

The TikToker captioned the video: "True, come get your mom she’s embarrassing herself."

Critics soon lashed out at Khloe in the comments, with one writing: "So easy for her to say when she has access to plastic surgery."

Another added: "She's literally the same person who cried when a pic of her that wasn't photoshopped was leaked."

KYLIE'S NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET LINE

Kylie revealed the Nightmare of Elm Street-inspired collection in early October on Instagram by posing in a flame-print one-piece and matching platforms.

While Kylie Cosmetics' new range, Kylie captioned the sizzling shot: "KYLIE X NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

"ahhh what a DREAM to collaborate with the icon of horror!"

Freddy Krueger is the gruesome protagonist of the 1984 cult horror A Nightmare on Elm Street, who stalks and kills people in their dreams.

Just hours before revealing the line, Kylie stripped naked and smeared "blood" all over herself in a creepy Halloween video.

While many were excited for the spooky collaboration to drop, others weren't convinced that the Freddie Kruger look was what they wanted to emulate.

One user commented: "I keep laughing at 'kylie cosmetics' 'collaborating with nightmare on elm street'"

A second echoed the statement writing: "nightmare on elm street x kylie …. nope nope nope nope nope nope"

A third simply replied: "This is a no."

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