Balenciaga Facing Massive Backlash over BDSM-Themed Child Photo Shoot

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The luxury clothing brand caused a wave of complaints this week after rolling out an ad campaign for its kids clothing line which features kids holding teddy bears dressed in a sexually explicit bondage-style theme.

Now, after the ads kicked up a backlash, some fans began to try to hold celebrities to account for their support of the posh retailer.

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

She hasn’t said so officially, but Hadid recently erased all her social media posts connected to Balenciaga and the pressure from fans over the inappropriate ads is likely the reason why.

THE SECOND WAVE

The inappropriately dressed bears was not the only strange feature of the ads.

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

The ads brought many to slam Balenciaga for its “disgusting” campaign sexualizing children.

The company eventually apologized for the ads and wiped the whole campaign from its social media accounts.

Still, despite the apology and the scrubbing of the teddy bear ads, yet another ad sexualizing kids was discovered after people began scrutinizing the company’s campaigns. In the resurfaced ad, a book by artist Michael Borremans sits on the desk behind an adult model.

One of Borremans’ books, “Fire from the Sun” features realistic paintings of young, nude children. Some of the children appear to be covered in blood.

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