All over the internet this morning are rehashes of this TMZ report. It's about Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner looking to take legal action over photoshopped images which depict them as victims of domestic abuse.
Contrary to the way many reports have been written, the images do not actually come from a commercial campaign. Instead they are part of an artist series by Alexsandro Palombo.
Palombo is known for taking well-known figures and giving them a dark spin, to raise awareness of important issues through shock value. Previous campaigns by Palombo feature animated women (including the Disney princesses) sporting similar scars to the Kardashian/Jenner sisters.
The series was released last week, in support of the International Day for Elimination of Silence, and also features the likeness of Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Madonna and Angelina Jolie.
In a Facebook post which accompanied the series, Palombo wrote, “the biggest accomplice of violence is the silence, a silence which every year kills or causes permanent disability more than diseases or accidents. Domestic violence is a social cancer that knows no boundaries nor social status, it can affect anyone, whether you're an ordinary person or a celebrity.”
According to TMZ, Kardashian and Jenner are supportive of the cause, but are unhappy that their images were used without permission. The only problem is that the images are commercially available, so there is probably nothing they can do about it. And considering that a) this is one important cause and b) public images are reappropriated every day in the form of memes and art, we think this is one that the world should let fly.