Balenciaga may have apologized for their latest campaign, but the public still holds them responsible. As the latest Kanye West dispute continues, the iconic design business has been scrutinized. Balenciaga, on the other hand, came under fire after photographs from their now-deleted ad went viral.
The photos show several children holding or posing with teddy bears, and it seems innocent enough. However, the toys are dressed in bondage and BDSM gear. Several ads also show the children near on standing on beds. It was reported that in one photo, court documents from a sexual child abuse case were seen.
Once the campaign went viral, the company returned with apologies. They claim they vehemently stand against child abuse “in any form” and threatened legal action.
“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.”
Elsewhere, Balenciaga added: “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.”
Still, the public is unforgiving. Kanye West and Kyrie Irving‘s names have been discussed in social media conversations. People question why both men have seen an onslaught of suspensions or failed dealings while Balenciaga skates by without consequences.
Moreover, it looks as if Balenciaga is retreating from the scandal. The company already exited Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover, and over on Instagram, they’ve wiped their profile clean. Nonetheless, that hasn’t kept critics from sharing scathing opinions across social media platforms as Balenciaga stands accused of grooming children and promoting child sexual abuse.
Read through a few reactions below.