2017 hasn’t been the best of years for the Kardashian clan thus far.
The wildly famous family has found itself in hot water on more than one occasion this year, and although one could hardly claim that the popularity of the world’s most well-known family is waning, it does appear that the PR machine has turned perceptibly in the wrong direction for the sisters over the last several months.
First, and perhaps most notably, came the disastrous Pepsi advert, featuring Kendall Jenner, that was pulled soon after its release due to an apparently insensitive message. The commercial seemed to draw some alarming parallels to the Black Lives Matter movement as Jenner, who leaves a photoshoot in the advert’s story line to join a nearby protest movement, appears to end a standoff with police officers by handing one of the stoic law enforcement officials a can of Pepsi. After a brief, “Well, what d’you know” glance to a fellow officer, he cracks open the Pepsi to rapturous applause from the onlooking protesters.
More recently, it was reported that Kim Kardashian had lost up to 100,000 followers online after ostensibly un-airbrushed photos of the reality star surfaced online, apparently leading some fans to believe that she has been airbrushing her Instagram photos for years.
As if all that bad news wasn’t enough for the Kardashian/Jenner collective, a third sister, Khloe, has now found herself in hot water, and its all thanks to a photograph that she posted on her Instagram account.
It has become clear that Khloe is being sued for sharing an unlicensed picture originally captured by a photographer named Manuel Munoz. The picture, which has subsequently been taken down from her Instagram page, shows Khloe and her sister Kourtney leaving a restaurant in Miami.
The Hollywood reporter claims that Khloe is being sued by Xposure Photos, who allege that she posted the photo in September 2016, despite the fact that the image was licensed to the Daily Mail.
It is further charged that the version of the photograph shared by the reality star had been edited to remove copyright information before being posted. Xposure is seeking $150,000 for “wilful, intentional and malicious” copyright infringement.
It is thought that the company is pursuing an additional $25,000 for the removal of the agency’s credit from the photograph posted by Khloe.
The lawsuit states;
“Kardashian’s Instagram post made the photograph immediately available to her nearly 67 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news – and especially news and images of Kardashian herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of Kardashian – who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
While the lawsuit is unlikely to break the bank for the famously wealthy family, a continuation of the trend of negative PR against a family who live their lives so relentlessly in the public eye could prove more damaging than any immediate financial loss should the lawsuit prove successful.