Connect with us

Entertainment

Balenciaga outlines organizational changes after campaign backlash, ‘outraged’ Kim Kardashian

News Agencies

Published

on

Balenciaga ambassador Kim Kardashian is speaking out after the luxury fashion house was embroiled in controversy for its recent holiday campaign.

Kardashian released a statement on the Balenciaga campaign, which drew backlash for referencing child pornography and featuring child models alongside fetish imagery, via her Instagram Story on Sunday.

The reality-television star turned beauty mogul said she was “shaken” by the campaign’s “disturbing images.” Kardashian added that she’s currently reevaluating her professional relationship with Balenciaga.

Advertisement

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” Kardashian wrote. “The safety of children must be held with the highest regard, and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”

She continued: “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology. In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”

Lenny Kravitz talks fashion icon status,Kim Kardashian accepts honor at CFDA Awards (plus Cher!)

Advertisement
Kardashian said she was “shaken” by the campaign’s “disturbing images” and that she’s currently reevaluating her professional relationship with Balenciaga.

Kardashian said she was “shaken” by the campaign’s “disturbing images” and that she’s currently reevaluating her professional relationship with Balenciaga.

Who is the youngest Kardashian?: A detailed look at the Kardashian-Jenner family tree.

Balenciaga found itself in hot water when its holiday campaign drew the ire of social media users and activists.

One advertisement from the campaign featured child models holding the brand’s “plush bear bags,” teddy bears dressed in bondage gear, while another ad promoting its “Hourglass” handbag contained court documents that referenced Supreme Court cases on child pornography.

Advertisement

Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s creative director, “personally apologize(d)” in an Instagram post Friday, taking responsibility for the “wrong artistic choice” and vowing the company will take measures to “avoid similar mistakes in the future.”

“As much as I would sometimes like to provoke a thought through my work, I would NEVER have an intention to do that with such an awful subject as child abuse that I condemn. Period,” he wrote. “I need to learn from this, listen and engage with child protection organizations to know how I can contribute and help on this terrible subject.”

Advertisement

Previously, Balenciaga issued an apology addressing the controversy on its Instagram story last week.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused,” the company wrote. “Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. … We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form. We stand for children safety and well-being.”

Regarding the display of court documents in its campaign, the fashion brand said it’s pursuing legal action against “the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items.” The Post reported that Balenciaga filed a $25 million lawsuit last Friday against production company North Six, Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins for use of the legal documents in the campaign.

Advertisement

However, on Friday, the company shared another statement on Instagram, signed by President and CEO Cédric Charbit, saying Balenciaga “has decided not to pursue litigation.”

Instead, it outlined “actions” the organization is taking “to learn from our mistakes” which includes creating an internal image board and appointing an external agency to evaluate content. The post also said the brand is setting up a fund for grants to organizations that “help make a difference in protecting children.”

Charbit ended: “At Balenciaga, we stand together for children safety and do not tolerate any kind of violence and hatred message.”

Advertisement

The outline of organizational changes comes for days after the fashion house shared in an Instagram statement that it condemns child abuse and had no intention to “include it in our narrative.”

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

One of these errors, according to the statement, was featuring children with plush bears bags “dressed in what some have labeled BDSM-inspired outfits.” These bears “should not have been featured with children,” and the error “was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images.”

Advertisement

“The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone,” the fashion house continued.

The second error, the statement said, was depicting an office environment containing copies of court papers from a 2008 Supreme Court case that confirmed promoting child pornography is illegal and not a protected form of free speech.

According to Balenciaga, third parties provided these documents and confirmed in writing they were “fake office documents.” Instead, the documents were “real legal papers most likely coming from the filming of a television drama.”

Advertisement

“We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently,” the statement continued.

Gabriele Galimberti, one of the photographers for the campaign, also weighed in on the scandal Wednesday, saying that he had no involvement in the photoshoot’s setup.

“As a photographer, I was only and solely requested to lit the given scene and take the shots according to my signature style,” Galimberti wrote on Instagram. “As usual for a commercial shooting, the direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed are not in the hands of the photographer.”

Advertisement

Kim Kardashian agrees to pay $1.3Mto SEC for not disclosing paid crypto endorsement

Yes, Kim Kardashian is rich: Money doesn’t protect her from robbery trauma, experts say

Contributing: Charles Trepany

Advertisement

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Balenciaga ad campaign outrages Kim Kardashian, brand outlines changes

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment3 hours ago

‘Dances With Wolves’ actor arrested in Nevada sex abuse case

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested and raided the home of a former “Dances With...

Entertainment7 hours ago

Alec Baldwin, armorer officially charged with involuntary manslaughter over ‘Rust’ shooting

Alec Baldwin, pictured in New York on Tuesday as prosecutors are expected to file formal charges for his role in...

Entertainment7 hours ago

Alec Baldwin formally charged in ‘Rust’ shooting as prosecutors say he was ‘distracted’ during gun training, ‘reckless’ on set

Alec Baldwin, pictured in New York on Tuesday as prosecutors are expected to file formal charges for his role in...

Entertainment8 hours ago

Andrea Riseborough’s controversial upset Oscar nomination, explained (updated)

Andrea Riseborough scored an upset Oscar nomination for her star turn in To Leslie. (Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection) Updated Jan....

Entertainment8 hours ago

Andrea Riseborough’s controverial upset Oscar nomination, explained (updated)

Andrea Riseborough scored an upset Oscar nomination for her star turn in To Leslie. (Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection) Updated Jan....

Entertainment8 hours ago

Dr. Phil McGraw Announces His Daytime Talk Show Will End After 21 Seasons: ‘This Has Been an Incredible Chapter’

All good things must come to an end. Dr. Phil McGraw announced that his daytime talk show will come to...

Entertainment8 hours ago

Is Ezra Miller still the Flash? What’s the deal with Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman? Everything you need to know about James Gunn’s epic DC reboot.

Director James Gunn poses at the L.A. premiere of The Suicide Squad in 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) This is how...

Entertainment9 hours ago

The most WTF Grammys ever: When Soy Bomb and ODB stole the show, and Aretha saved it, 25 years ago

Michael “Soy Bomb” Portnoy, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Aretha Franklin all made history at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards on...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports49 mins ago

2023 NFL Draft order: Picks 1-29 are set after conference championship games

Almost the entire draft order is set after the NFC and AFC championship games.

Sports1 hour ago

Twitter questions Sean Payton-Broncos marriage before it even begins

Social media blew up after reports surfaced that the Denver Broncos finalized a trade with the New Orleans Saints for...

Sports2 hours ago

49ers’ Arik Armstead defends Javon Kinlaw for viral play vs. Eagles

A play involving defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw picked up steam online after the 49ers' NFC Championship loss -- and Arik...

Sports2 hours ago

WNBA free agency 2023: Courtney Vandersloot announces she’s leaving the Sky after joining Breanna Stewart’s overseas club

Follow Yahoo Sports for coverage of WNBA free agency.

Sports3 hours ago

6 trade destinations for Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby

Toronto's O.G. Anunoby could find himself on one of these teams by next week.

Sports3 hours ago

PFF lists J.J. McCarthy No. 8 on its top returning quarterback list

USA Today It's safe to say that the buzz surrounding Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy is at an all-time high as...

Sports3 hours ago

Key questions answered about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s grand slam battle

Djokovic and Nadal both have 22 grand slam singles titles at the top of the men’s all-time standings.

Sports4 hours ago

Mahomes, Hurts and the glacial pace of progress

Thirty-five years after the first Black man quarterbacked a Super Bowl team, the NFL's showcase has two Black QBs. It's...

Technology Hot News

Technology2 weeks ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology2 weeks ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology2 weeks ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology2 weeks ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology2 weeks ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology2 weeks ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology2 weeks ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology2 weeks ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement