Balenciaga campaign scandal – latest: Brand issues apology after furious backlash to children’s ad

Balenciaga under fire for ‘scary’ adverts of children with ‘bondage outfits’

Balenciaga issued a statement “strongly condemning child abusewhile addressing the fallout from his controversial advertising campaigns involving children.

Monday, the fashion house shared a new statement on Instagram in which he said he “would like to address the controversies surrounding our recent ad campaigns.”

Balenciaga has faced widespread backlash over two recent advertising campaigns involving children. One of the adverts, the designer’s gift-raising campaign, featured children posing with the brand’s plush handbags, which critics pointed out appear to be carrying bdsm and bondage-inspired accessories.

The second ad reviewed is Balenciaga’s Spring 2023 campaign, for its use of a printout of a Supreme Court ruling on child pornography.

In the post, the designer brand wrote, “We strongly condemn child abuse; we never intended to include it in our narrative.

“The two separate advertising campaigns in question reflect a series of serious errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.”

Stay tuned for the latest updates.


Author Ashley St Claire says people “don’t want an apology” from Balenciaga.

“We want to know everyone who produced, directed and approved the photos promoting child sexual abuse and exploitation,” she wrote on Twitter. “Who and how many people approved the creative pitch and final ads?”

Peony HirwaniNovember 29, 2022 08:32


Kanye West slams celebrities for not calling Balenciaga

Kanye West has called out celebrities for not condemning Balenciaga for their new ad campaign.

“We saw Adidas freeze my accounts,” said West, who legally changed his name to Ye. “I’ve been seen being debunked. If this can happen to someone like me, what’s happening to all of America? What’s going on around the world?

“All celebrities are vetted,” he added. “You don’t see any celebrities talking about the Balenciaga situation.

” Do not let [these celebrities] influence you in any way because they are controlled by the people who really influence the world.

Peony HirwaniNovember 29, 2022 08:12


Oli London urges everyone to ‘keep up the pressure on Balenciaga’

Oli London urged his fans to “keep up the pressure on Balenciaga and all the celebrities associated with them”.

“We cannot allow this scandal to explode as a news story from last week,” they wrote on Twitter. “Balenciaga did something unforgivable. Children are sacred and precious. Never forget what they tried to normalize.

Peony HirwaniNovember 29, 2022 07:52


YouTuber Blair White denounces Balenciaga

YouTuber Blair White hit out at Balenciaga.

“If Balenciaga had done something that would have offended the LGBT community, all the celebrities would have cut ties instantly,” she wrote on Twitter on Monday (November 28). “They promoted child pornography and almost all celebrities are silent. Really makes you think, huh? »

In a separate tweet, White said the brand was “canceled” for her.

“I’ve spent thousands of dollars on them, but now I’m going to donate my items to the nearest homeless shelter.”

Peony HirwaniNovember 29, 2022 07:32


Second Excuse Admits Fault and Negligence

On Monday, Balenciaga released a second apology explaining the two ad campaigns in more detail and attempting to explain where mistakes were made:

The IndependentChelsea Ritschel has the details:

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 29, 2022 06:40


Who else is dropping the brand?

Journalist and author Omid Scobie tweeted Sunday night that he had donated all the Balenciaga clothes he owned.

“I got rid of all my Balenciaga’s this weekend. I loved this brand, but no apologies will ever suffice for what they let happen. Canceled for good,” he tweeted.

The find freedom the author later clarified when asked how he got rid of the clothes: “Charity shop. It would be wasteful to throw away or destroy valuables that someone else might want (or want to buy and resell). Also, that’s what I’ve always done with unwanted clothes (unless it’s a major piece — then I’ll use Vestiaire).

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 29, 2022 04:40


What happened to Balenciaga?

In recent years, Balenciaga has become known for its controversial campaigns, celebrity ambassadors and groundbreaking design.

Peony HirwaniNovember 29, 2022 04:10


Balenciaga takes action against the production company

Balenciaga not only apologized for the ads, but also filed a lawsuit against the production company responsible for a controversial ad campaign in which court documents of a Supreme Court opinion on child pornography were visible.

The lawsuit, which was filed November 25 in the New York State Supreme Court, accuses production company North Six Inc – and its agent, Nicholas Des Jardins – of engaging in “acts and omissions inexplicable” that were “malicious or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless.

Balenciaga is seeking $25 million in damages.

Meredith Clark has the details.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 29, 2022 03:40


Bella Hadid isn’t the only one to distance herself from Balenciaga in light of the fallout from the controversial ad campaign.

Kim Kardashian has revealed she is “reassessing” her relationship with the luxury fashion house.

“As a mother of four, I was shaken by the disturbing images,” she said in a statement on social media.

Peony Hirwani reports what else the Skims owner said.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 29, 2022 02:40


Supermodel Bella Hadid deletes Instagram posts

Model Bella Hadid appears to have deleted photos from her Instagram of herself wearing clothes from Balenciaga’s Spring 2023 campaign amid criticism directed at the fashion brand during two of its recent campaigns.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 29, 2022 01:40

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