Kendall Jenner has made some regrettable fashion choices in the past. She describes the outfit at the top of that list as “green denim pants, [a] full neon green” ensemble. But as her modeling career’s taken off, so has her style. Sort of. The 19-year-old slipped up this weekend. On Sunday, she paired her white jeans with nude strappy sandals, a striped Celine bag, and and a vintage band tee, which would be totally cute if not for the Confederate flag printed on the front.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band on Jenner’s T-shirt, long used the Confederate flag, or the “Dixie” flag, as part of their logo. But as the contentious symbol’s become increasingly associated with racism, the group’s pulled away from using the emblem. "Through the years, people like the KKK and skinheads kinda kidnapped the Dixie or Southern flag from its tradition and the heritage of the soldiers, that’s what it was about,“ Gary Rossington, the band’s guitarist, said in an interview with CNN. "We didn’t want that to go to our fans or show the image like we agreed with any of the race stuff or any of the bad things.”
Jenner’s affiliation with the band and therefore the Confederate flag and therefore racism is most likely unintentional — Kanye West is her brother-in-law, her sister Khloe Kardashian is dating French Montana, and Kylie Jenner is going out with Tyga — but still boneheaded.
Funny enough, her half-sister’s husband, West, has had some issues with the Southern cross in the past. Multiple pieces of merchandise from his Yeezus tour featured the white supremacy coat of arms. "The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I wrote the song, ‘New Slaves,'” he explained as his rationale. “So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what you gonna do?“
Perhaps Jenner should have learned her lesson from the rapper’s past mistake: associating oneself with slavery is never good for one’s image. And for a Kardashian (for all intents and purposes), whose life is under a microscope with paparazzi, reporters, and reality show cameras waiting around for one wrong move, it’s especially misguided and unfortunate.
Cue the Kris Jenner freak out/clean up crew in five, four, three, two…
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