Kim Kardashian has said she is reevaluating her future with Spanish fashion giants Balenciaga after massive backlash over the brand’s latest advertisement which involved children posing with fetish props. The internet had been calling for the Kardashian sister and popular celebrities affiliated with the brand to cancel them.
In an Instagram story and tweet posted on Sunday, November 27, Kim wrote: “I 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 an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”
The reality TV star continued, “As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society – period.” I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology. In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”
“As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently reevaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with – and the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.”
In rebuttal to what has been described as the grooming of minors, promotion of child pornography and paedophilia, and misuse of children by Balenciaga, internet users were quick to point out how Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West has been cancelled by fashion houses Adidas and Gap over antisemitic remarks and hate speech and had all his contracts revoked. They want same thing done to Balenciaga. Some of the props identified as fetish from the campaign include black-eyed teddy bears dressed in BDSM gears.
The saga has now been coined the BalenciagaGate, and you can look it up on social media to see how fans have been digging up Balenciaga’s previous ad-campaigns involving children. The company has long taken down the post and apologized for their actions. But the dragging is unlikely to end anytime soon.
What do you think about Kim’s statement and Balenciaga’s actions?