Balenciaga scandal - update: Fashion brand issues apology after furious reaction to ad campaigns - The Independent

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Luxury fashion brand in hot water over controversial ads featuring children

Balenciaga under fire over 'creepy' ads of kids with 'bondage outfits'

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Balenciaga has issued a statement “strongly condemning child abuse” while addressing the fallout over its controversial ad campaigns involving children.

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

Balenciaga has faced widespread backlash over two recent ad campaigns involving children. One of the ads, the designer’s gift collection campaign, featured children posing with the brand’s teddy bear purses, which critics pointed out appear to be wearing BDSM and bondage-inspired accessories.

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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Kanye West calls out celebrities for not calling out Balenciaga

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

“We saw Adidas freeze my accounts,” West, who legally changed his name to Ye, said. “We saw me get debunked. If that can happen to someone like me, what’s happening to all of America? What’s happening to all of the world?

“All the celebrities are controlled,” he added. “You don’t see no celebrities talking about the Balenciaga situation.

“Don’t let [these celebrities] influence you in any way because they’re controlled by the people who really influence the world.”

Peony Hirwani29 November 2022 08:12

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

Oli London has urged his fans to “keep up the pressure on Balenciaga and every celebrity associated with them”.

“We cannot allow this scandal to blow over as last week’s news story,” they wrote on Twitter. “Balenciaga has done something unforgivable. Children are sacred and precious. Never forget what they tried to normalise.”

Peony Hirwani29 November 2022 07:52

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YouTuber Blair White condemns Balenciaga

YouTuber Blair White has hit out at Balenciaga.

“If Balenciaga did something that offended the LGBT community, every celebrity would have cut ties instantly,” she wrote on Twitter on Monday (28 November). “They promoted child porn and nearly every celebrity is silent. Really makes you think, huh?”

In a separate tweet, White said that the brand is “cancelled” for her.

“I’ve spent thousands of dollars on them, but now I’ll be donating my items to the nearest homeless shelter.”

Peony Hirwani29 November 2022 07:32

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Second apology admits fault and negligence

On Monday, Balenciaga issued a second apology going into further detail about the two ad campaigns and attempting to explain where mistakes were made:

The Independent’s Chelsea Ritschel has the details:

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 06:40

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Who else is giving up the brand?

Journalist and author Omid Scobie tweeted on Sunday night that he had given away all of the Balenciaga clothes he owns.

“Got rid of all my Balenciaga this weekend. I loved that brand but no apology can ever be enough for what they let happen. Cancelled for good,” he tweeted.

The Finding Freedom author later clarified when asked how he had disposed of the clothes: “Charity shop. It would be a waste to trash or destroy items of value that someone else may want (or want to buy and resell). Plus that’s what I’ve always done with unwanted clothes (unless it’s a major piece — then I’ll use Vestiaire).

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 04:40

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What happened to Balenciaga?

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

Here are the details.

Peony Hirwani29 November 2022 04:10

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Balenciaga takes action against production company

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

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

Balenciaga is seeking $25m in monetary damages.

Meredith Clark has the details.

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 03:40

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Bella Hadid is not alone in distancing herself from Balenciaga in light of the fallout from the controversial ad campaign.

Kim Kardashian has revealed that she is “re-evaluating” her relationship with the luxury fashion house.

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

Peony Hirwani reports on what else the Skims owner said.

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 02:40

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Supermodel Bella Hadid deletes Instagram posts

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

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 01:40

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Photographer distances himself from campaign

On Wednesday, National Geographic photographer Gabriele Galimberti addressed the criticism in an Instagram statement, which he said he felt “compelled to make” following the “hundreds of hate mails and messages I received as a result of the photos I took for the Balenciaga campaign”.

Chelsea Ritschel reports on what he said about the controversy.

Oliver O'Connell29 November 2022 00:40

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