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Balenciaga Makes New Statement Amidst Teddy Bear BDSM Scandal – And It’s Not!


Balenciaga have gone back to social media to further address their controversial advertising campaigns, but, um, their latest statement doesn’t help their case much.

As you all know, the high-fashion house is currently on the hot seat after the internet condemned them for sexualizing children in bizarre adverts featuring children clutching teddy bear purses wearing BDSM outfits. Then another legal document was displayed about a Supreme Court Child pornography cases and some other photographs include Easter eggs involving historical figures with unusual connections to children and child pornography.

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When the scandal first surfaced last week, Balenciaga took to their social media to address the controversy – and blame anyone but themselves! They simply state (in part):

“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been introduced with children in this campaign. We immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”

While they kept quiet for the next few days, Balenciaga sued the production company North six and design set Nicholas De Jardins and his company of child pornography law documents were included in the campaign. Now that the luxury brand has had plenty of time to weigh in on the film, they’ve returned with a lengthy statement, once again apologizing for the lackluster visuals and explaining what happened. .

In a message posted to the luxury clothing company Instagram feed on Monday, they stated:

“We want to resolve the controversy surrounding our recent advertising campaigns. We strongly condemn child abuse; we never intended to include it in our story. The two separate ad campaigns mentioned reflect a series of critical errors for which Balenciaga is responsible.”

The clothing brand continued to explain the two most infuriating photo sets online, saying:

“The first campaign, the Gift Collection campaign, featured kids with plush bear bags wearing what some have labeled BDSM-inspired outfits.”

Again, they are trying to blame the viewer instead of taking full responsibility! There is NO other way to explain those teddy bears. SMH. The statement continues:

“Our plush bear bags and Gift Collection should not be for children. This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure to evaluate and validate images. The responsibility for this rests with Balenciaga alone.”

Well, that’s a step in the right direction. Final… Post added:

“The second campaign, separate for Spring 2023, aimed at recreating the business office environment, included a photo with a background page from the Supreme Court ruling ‘United States v. Williams’ 2008 was found to be illegal and not protected by free speech the promotion of child pornography. All items featured in this footage were provided by third parties who have confirmed in writing that these items are forged office documents. They turned out to be actual legal papers, most likely from filming a TV series. The inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga filed the complaint. We take full responsibility for the lack of monitoring and control of documents in the background and we could have done things differently.”

No damn it, Sherlock!

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As if in response kim kardashianthreatening to sever ties with the brand if they don’t make the necessary changes, the business then listed exactly how they plan to move forward from this disaster – although we have to concede next steps. their follower is very vague. They share:

“While internal and external investigations are ongoing, we are taking the following actions:

— We are heavily revising our organization and teamwork. We’re strengthening the structures around our creation process and validation steps.

— We want to make sure that the new controls mark a pivot and will prevent this from happening again.

— We are laying the groundwork for organizations dedicated to protecting children and working towards ending child abuse and exploitation.

We want to learn from our mistakes and identify ways we can contribute. Balenciaga reiterates our sincere apology for the offense we have caused and apologizes to our talents and partners.”

We’d better start seeing them in action as soon as possible, otherwise they’re clearly trying to save their reputation without much effort! Saying you’re sorry and wanting to change is one thing, but proving it is another. Just say. You can see the full new statement (below).

Look, we guess it’s good that they apologize again and take *some* responsibility, but it is surprising to think that they are blaming this large-scale model of child sexualization and the promotion of child pornography on “error”. One was a typo, not a few photos for the MASSIVE clothing campaign that were green-lit, produced and distributed without anyone raising a red flag. We mean, Balenciaga is not a small business! At least dozens of executives will have to sign in to the ad! Yet NO one has seen a problem until now?! Not to mention, this must be intentional on someone’s part, right?! How else did this theme of child sexualization come about in two to separate campaigns, as biz specifically pointed out?? It just doesn’t make sense.

Balenciaga is clearly doing damage control right now to keep their talent and partner happy, but do you think they can get through this scandal?! And are these claims enough to offset the overall campaigns? Sound OFF (below)!

[Image via Balenciaga]

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