Canceled Balenciaga ad Featured book by a painter who depicts neutered toddlers

Another Balenciaga ad campaign featured content suggesting child abuse and pornography.

The now-canceled spring 2023 announcement, whose main subject was French actress Isabelle Huppert, included a book by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans whose paintings often depict children, including castrated children.

Balenciaga has come under fire in recent weeks for other ads that many say “normalize child pornography” as they showed children holding teddy bears wearing BDSM outfits. These ads also include part of a United States Supreme Court case citing another case making virtual child pornography protected speech.

The photo that included Borremans’ book was removed from the fashion house’s website after being criticized for “BDSM teddy bear” images.

According to New York PostHong Kong’s David Zwirner Gallery described Borremans’ paintings as “toddlers engaged in playful yet mysterious acts with sinister overtones and innuendos of violence”.

Balenciaga has apologized for the campaigns twice – the most recent being on Monday, in which he said: “We strongly condemn child abuse; we never intended to include it in the narrative. The two separate advertising campaigns in question reflect a series of serious errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.

As Breitbart News reported, the fashion house filed a lawsuit on Friday against the production company behind the footage, describing the company’s actions as “malicious or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless.”

“Due to the misconduct of the defendants, members of the public, including the news media, falsely and horribly associated Balenciaga with the repugnant and deeply disturbing subject matter of the court ruling,” it continues. “The defendants are liable to Balenciaga for any harm resulting from this false association.”

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.


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