Ex-pornstar and reality television star Kim Kardashian reportedly will not be severing ties with Balenciaga as the designer company faces widespread backlash over appearing to promote pedophelia in an ad campaign.
Radar Online reported, “Kim Kardashian has decided she will be sticking by the fashion house Balenciaga even though the backlash over a photo shoot featuring young children holding BDSM dolls continues to grow by the day,” noting that “fans and outraged individuals have called on the 42-year-old reality star to cut ties with Balenciaga over the controversial ad campaign” in the days since the scandal broke on social media.
“Like everyone else, Kim was incredibly upset and disturbed by the holiday campaign. As a mother, she has no tolerance for abuse or exploitation of children on any level,” Radar Online reported.
It was so great to see @KimKardashian use her platform to condemn antisemitism.
Let’s see if she’ll use that same platform to condemn the blatant child pornography documents being promoted in #Balenciaga ads, since she is one of the faces of the brand. @khloekardashian—you too! https://t.co/u8jpRnR8XE
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 22, 2022
Apparently, Kardashian spoke “with the Balenciaga team privately” and “is hopeful that they have learned from this incident and that it never happens again.”
The outlet notes that Kardashian posed for Balenciaga’s 2022 winter campaign and was a runway model for the company’s summer fashion show.
While Kardashian is reportedly standing by Balenciaga despite accusations of pedophilia, she and her family have issued statements condemning “hate speech” that have largely been construed as attacks on Kanye West, her estranged ex-husband, following his allegedly anti-Semitic comments.
Valiant News previously reported that Balenciaga featured images of children holding stuffed animals in bondage and “virtual child pornography” documents, resulting in widespread concerns that they are promoting pedophilia.
the brand "Balenciaga" just did a uh….. interesting… photoshoot for their new products recently which included a very purposely poorly hidden court document about 'virtual child porn'
normal stuff pic.twitter.com/zjMN5WhZ0s
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) November 21, 2022
In one photo, a young red-headed girl can be observed standing on a bed while holding a teddy bear donning fishnets and leather straps on its wrists and ankles. In a separate photo, another little girl can be seen holding a purple stuffed animal wearing BDSM-style leather straps.
In a seperate photo, a handbag can be seen on a table with a mix of various papers. Fragments of text from the child porn Supreme Court ruling Williams v. Supreme Court (2008) can be observed towards the bottom of the bag.
After the bizarre images took the internet by storm, Balenciaga issued a public apology.
“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms,” Balenciaga wrote.
“We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign. We take this matter very seriously and are taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot,” the company added.
This news and commentary by Andrew White originally appeared on Valiant News.