Kim Kardashian Spoke Out About Balenciaga’s BDSM Teddy Bear Ad, And They’re Suing The Producers Of The Campaign For $25 Million

November 28, 2022 / Posted by:

Kim Kardashian’s use of her sister’s disgraced baby daddy as a likely distraction from her having to condemn Balenciaga for shooting an ad with children holding teddy bears dressed up in BDSM gear with child pornography court documents visible on a nearby table didn’t work; her Instagram comment section was filled with pitchforks and torches pleading with her to speak out about it (this could be the most bizarre sentence ever written). So, since she’s been known to wear Balenciaga from head to tampon, she finally gave a lackluster statement–with wiggle room for a backpedal–since Balenciaga’s now belatedly expressing damnation of the ordeal by suing the producers of the shoot for $25 million.

Last week, Balenciaga was called out for an ad campaign featuring children holding bears in bondage. That wasn’t it. The internet also discovered another Balenciaga ad that showed legal documents from the Supreme Court’s ruling on child pornography laws. People were calling for Kim and others who work with Balenciaga to say something. Well, Kim took to Twitter yesterday and said she feels the same way we all felt when we heard the price of a pair of Balenciaga Crocs stilettos: disgusted and outraged. via People:

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns,” she started in the statement on Twitter. “But because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. 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.”

“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,” Kardashian concluded in the statement, which was also shared to her Insta Story. Kardashian also said she would be “reevaluating my relationship with the brand.”

Her post comes after Kardashian received a flood of comments urging her to condemn the brand after she posted a photo of herself modeling a shirt from the brand’s collab with Adidas.

I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue” could just mean they canceled her order for 12 BDSM teddy bear bags for all of the Kardashian-adjacent kids’ Christmas gifts, so people came for her ambiguity in the comments and she followed up an hour later to clarify that she’s “re-evaluating” her relationship with them. Here’s the whole thread:

And since the brand may have finally crossed a line that could cause them to lose their biggest Kash Kow, The New York Post says that they’re trying to do some damage control by filing a $25 million lawsuit against the producers of the campaign–just for the inclusion of child pornography legal documents in a shoot, but they don’t mention anything about the bondage bears.

The fashion house brought the suit Friday against production company North Six, Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins and his eponymous company for the inclusion in one of the ads of legal documents from a US Supreme Court decision on child porn laws.

The fashion brand ad also showed unsettling pictures of a child holding teddy bears dressed in bondage outfits in ads that came out around the same time. The two-page court summons doesn’t mention the BDSM teddy bears.

Balenciaga is bringing the case “to seek redress for extensive damages defendants caused in connection with an advertising campaign Balenciaga hired them to produce,” the Manhattan Supreme Court summons alleges.

Balenciaga claims North Six and Des Jardins included the images of the court docs without its knowledge – which was “malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless,” the filing states.

“As a result of Defendants’ misconduct, members of the public, including the news media, have falsely and horrifically associated Balenciaga with the repulsive and deeply disturbing subject of the court decision,” the court papers charge. “Defendants are liable to Balenciaga for all harm resulting from this false association.”

Here’s Balenciaga apologizing and promising that they’re going to take legal action, I guess since it’s fine for them to exploit children, but not ok for it to be subtly pointed out by a sneaky set designer:

It’s too bad that Kim will have to find someone else to outfit her in boring sausage-casing tight latex. But if she’s not just waiting for this Balenciaga mess to blow over before wearing them again, Skyn brand condoms and SKKN by Kim sound like a perfect collab opportunity for a propriety new line of easy-to-remove (in case there’s a fireplace nearby) lubricated full-body latex suits.

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