Balenciaga Faces Massive Backlash Over BDSM-Themed Child Photoshoot


The fallout over high-end dresser Balenciaga’s creepy clothing line sexualizing small children is still reverberating, so much so that several celebrities are beginning to feel the warmth of their ties to the company.

The luxury clothing brand sparked a flurry of complaints this week after it launched an ad campaign for its children’s clothing line that features children holding teddy bears dressed in a sexually explicit bondage-style theme.

Now, after the ads sparked a backlash, some fans have started to hold celebrities accountable for their support of the chic retailer.

According to TMZ, fans have started questioning Kim Kardashian for her support of the company and many want her to make some sort of statement against Balenciaga. Fans have also slammed Bella Hadid for her association with the company.

She hasn’t said it officially, but Hadid recently deleted all of her Balenciaga-related social media posts and fan pressure over inappropriate ads is likely the reason.

The inappropriately dressed bears weren’t the only odd feature of the ads.

As people took more time to review the ads, it became apparent that some of them were also displaying the text of the Supreme Court opinion in the Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition child pornography case, in which the Court ruled that virtual child pornography is protected speech.

The ads led many to criticize Balenciaga for its “disgusting” campaign sexualizing children.

The company eventually apologized for the ads and deleted the entire campaign from its social media accounts.

Despite the apology and cleanup of teddy bear ads, another advert sexualizing children was uncovered after people started scrutinizing the company’s campaigns. In the resurfaced ad, a book by artist Michael Borremans sits on the desk behind an adult mannequin.

One of Borremans’ books, sun fire features realistic paintings of young naked children. Some of the children appear to be covered in blood.

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