Kim Kardashian finally broke her silence on Balenciaga’s controversial ad that featured kids holding BDSM-style dress-up teddy bears. The mother of four tweeted Sunday her first statement since the controversy began.
“I’ve been quiet the past few days, not because I’m not disgusted and angry at the latest Balenciaga ad campaign, but because I wanted a chance to talk to their team so I could see for myself how this happened,” Kardashian tweeted Special said.
“As a mother of four, I am horrified by these disturbing images. The safety of children must be taken very seriously and any attempt to normalize child abuse of any kind has no place in our society –That’s it.”
Balenciaga removed their disturbing images after public backlash. Ads for their Spring ’23 collection also included a printed copy of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on child pornography laws in the background of the image, Page Six reported. While offering empathy, Kim Kardashian added to her initial statement about her future at the fashion house.
“As for my future at Balenciaga, I’m currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand based on their willingness to take responsibility for things that should never have happened – and the actions I look forward to seeing them take to protect children,” she tweeted Special wrote.
Twitter users quickly dismissed Kardashian’s statement days after the distribution campaign faced backlash.
One user wrote: “Imagine being rich enough to give up an ethically corrupt job – and then not choosing to do so.”
“Kanye is right about celebrities being controlled,” another added.
Ye recently called on celebrities to keep their voices down, a day after his ex-wife said she would “reassess her relationship with the brand”.