After every week of silence, Kim Kardashian denounced the controversial Balenciaga ad campaign that depicted children with bondage-style attire.
The ad images got here under fire last week as people noticed the odd outfits fashioned onto the stuffed animals, in addition to some mysterious court documents that alluded to child abuse and pornography.
The likes of Kardashian and Bella Hadid, who’ve strong ties to the posh fashion house, were slammed on social media for keeping tight-lipped concerning the ongoing controversy. While Hadid, 26, seemingly deleted an Instagram post promoting the brand, fans couldn’t bear the deafening silence, demanding a proper statement from the A-listers.
Kim Kardashian finally broke her silence on the Balenciaga campaign showing kids with bondage-style gear.
Kardashian claimed she wanted to present brand, that she has a detailed partnership with, a chance to debate the situation along with her personally. Out of immense protectiveness for her own children, the security of children is her top priority, she said in a press release online.
The fact star explained her silence, which sparked outrage online.Getty Images for LACMA
The “disgusted” SKIMS and SKKN founder even hinted at discontinuing her relationship with the brand, saying she is “re-evaluating” as recent information arises.
“I actually have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted a chance to talk to their team to grasp for myself how this might have happened,” the 42-year-old mogul tweeted to start a lengthy thread.
“As a mother of 4, I actually have been shaken by the disturbing images. The security of kids should be held with the very best regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should not have any place in our society — period,” she continued. “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology. In speaking with them, I feel they understand the seriousness of the problem and can take the obligatory measures for this to never occur again.”
I actually have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted a chance to talk to their team to grasp for myself how this might have happened.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022
“As for my future with Balenciaga, I’m currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to just accept accountability for something that ought to have never happened to start with — & the actions I’m expecting to see them take to guard children,” she ended the thread.
Kardashian has been linked to the brand for some time now, appearing of their fall 2022 collection campaign in a striking blue gown, the designer’s apparel from an Adidas collab and, after all, who could forget her infamous caution tape catsuit.
Despite the drawn-out, four-part statement from the fact TV star, fans weren’t convinced that she was real, accusing her of being insincere and only caring about “money.”
“I don’t consider that you just’re being sincere in any respect,” one user sneered. “I feel you were just hoping that it could blow over. There’s no way that they paid for an ad campaign, didn’t look it over thoroughly before they put it on the market. Looks as if it’s more about money for you.”
“That is laughable at best. And it’s only because they cut you a check quit playin,” one other jabbed.
“I can see now why Kanye desires to protect his kids in any respect costs! Pathetic statement!” another person quipped of Ye, formerly often called Kanye West and the ex-husband of the fact icon. The rapper was let go from his partnership with Balenciaga following his hateful tirades online against the Jewish community last month.
After the brand denounced his anti-Semitic remarks, Balenciaga wasted no time pulling the BDSM-style children’s ad after outraged viewers demanded it.
The mogul said she wanted to present the brand the chance to refer to her first-hand.Twitter/Kim Kardashian
Despite the lengthy statement, fans weren’t pacified by her response.Twitter/Kim Kardashian
“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign could have caused. Our plush bear bags mustn’t have been featured with children on this campaign. We’ve immediately removed the campaign from all platforms,” the brand said in a press release to The Post.
“We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign,” the statement continued. “We take this matter very seriously and are taking legal motion against the parties accountable for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot. We strongly condemn abuse of kids in any form. We stand for youngsters safety and well-being.”
Balenciaga filed a $25 million lawsuit against the production company North Six, Inc. and Nicholas Des Jardins, the set designer, for the bizarre imagery. In accordance with the court documents, the style home is filing the suit “to hunt redress for extensive damages defendants caused in reference to an promoting campaign Balenciaga hired them to supply.”
Other stars of Kardashian status have been slammed for his or her association and subsequent silence on the controversy.Getty Images for Baby2Baby
The brand even claimed the production company included among the images without its knowledge, calling the breach of trust “malevolent or, on the very least, extraordinarily reckless.”
Despite appearing on Balenciaga’s website as a full promoting campaign for his or her children’s department, the luxe company claims the photographs are being wrongfully related to them.
“Because of this of Defendants’ misconduct, members of the general public, including the news media, have falsely and horrifically associated Balenciaga with the repulsive and deeply disturbing subject of the court decision,” read the court papers. “Defendants are liable to Balenciaga for all harm resulting from this false association.”
Infuriated Twitter users volleyed cruel messages towards the ad’s photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who took to Instagram to set the record straight.
In accordance with his statement, his hands were tied — he was unable to regulate the content and set-up of the shoot itself and was only given lighting and camera liberties. He was hired to easily put his “signature style” to work and didn’t have any say within the “direction of the campaign and the selection of the objects displayed.”
Other A-listers flocked to social media to weigh in on the controversy, like “Vanderpump Rules” star Lala Kent, who called the photographs “horrifying.” Meanwhile, others were caught within the crossfire, placed on the recent seat for wearing anything branded with the Balenciaga label.
Now, any association with the luxe fashion brand leads to online fury and has even prompted some Balenciaga wearers to trash their pricey handbags. Even “Real Housewives of Latest Jersey” star Teresa Guidice was slammed online for flaunting a white sweater covered in black “Balenciaga” logotype.