After distancing themselves from Kanye West for his antisemitic comments, it seems Balenciaga has jumped into it's own proverbial hot water.
Earlier this month Balenciaga recently released an ad campaign featuring children surrounded by stuffed animals dressed in BDSM attire. One ad even featured court papers from a child abuse case. This sparked public outrage and the fashion brand was accused of sexualizing children in it's production of kiddie porn. Calls were made to immediately remove the advertisements from its platforms.
Users took to social media to urge consumers to boycott the company and likened it to the pedophilia of Jeff Epstein.
Balenciaga is the Epstein Island of clothing. pic.twitter.com/By8QaraaKS— PPV-TAHOE - News Journalist (@ppv_tahoe) November 30, 2022
If Balenciaga did something that offended the LGBT community, every celebrity would have cut ties instantly.— BLAIRE WHITE (@MsBlaireWhite) November 28, 2022
They promoted child porn and nearly every celebrity is silent. Really makes you think, huh?
Anyone wearing Balenciaga from this point onwards is endorsing child pornography, and should be cancelled.— Layah Heilpern (@LayahHeilpern) November 24, 2022
Balenciaga issued a statement on its Instagram account apologizing for "the series of grievous errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility."
However, it seems Balenciaga is now trying to pass blame by launching a lawsuit against the production company responsible for producing the ads. It has been reported that the fashion powerhouse has sued North Six and designer Nicholas Des Jardins alleging that the adverts were “malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless.”
Kim Kardashian has been the face of Balenciaga after signing an endorsement deal, almost exclusively fashioned in their designs for most of the year.
'The Kardashians' star issued her own statement on Twitter informing fans that she was "shaken by the disturbing images" and her delay in responding was due to her wanting "to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened." She also confirmed that she was "currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children."
As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 28, 2022