Kim Kardashian at the 2022 Baby2Baby Gala

Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash For Association With Balenciaga

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By Afouda Bamidele on November 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM EST
Updated on November 23, 2022 at 8:45 PM EST

Kim Kardashian might be 'the queen of shades,' but she is again receiving severe backlash that does not look like it is going away anytime soon.

The Kar-Jenner family is used to coming under fire for almost anything they get into, but it seems like the fans' anger is not unfounded this time. The fashionista's recent connection with the famous fashion brand Balenciaga whose latest campaign photos have been quite questionable is causing public outrage. 

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Fans Rip Into Kim Kardashian For Standing With Balenciaga

Kim Kardashian at the 2022 Baby2Baby Gala
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The "Kardashians" star's refusal to pick a side and speak up against the brand's use of untasteful imagery in their campaigns has caused a lot to question her morals. Followers are bent on getting her to be accountable for once and address the accusations by cutting ties with them. 

What initially seemed like shade to her ex-husband Kanye West has now turned into criticism from her fans. In the post, she sat on a couch wearing the silver athletic neck top with the combined logos of Adidas and Balenciaga embroidered on it, paired with matte bike shorts made from spandex and their large signature boots. 

Whether this was a message signaling her decision to stick with them or not, it did not sit well with her followers, as many comments came for the entrepreneur and her tone-deaf picture. 

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One fan wrote, "Irony Balenciaga imitating Adidas. You must have missed the Balenciaga campaign sexualizing young kids with bondage. Sick. Maybe stand for something. For once." At the same time, another stated, "Condemn Balenciaga, have you seen their ads? You have 4 kids!"

Another user brought Kim's daughters into the matter by writing, "Maybe they should've used North and Chi for the campaign, see if you're going to speak up then!!!" as one other person added that Candace had already called her out on her "nastiness with Balenciaga," while one just shouted, "Speak out about BALENCIAGA !!!!!"

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Kim Kardashian's post on her Instagram page
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Some spoke up about the campaign's ridiculousness, asking why kids were holding "bears in BONDAGE LEATHER GOODS???!? Aren't you a mom?? Speak up." Another one noted that the reality TV star was not saying anything because she was desperate. 

Getting a bit extreme, one follower just typed the hashtag, "#boycottbalenciaga," as one described the campaign as "soft kitty porn." Others were confused as to why she kept wearing their products, knowing their issues and wondered if she even thought of her kids. 

Some outright insulted the boots' look and suggested that they all unfollow the social media influencer to pass across a strong message. One follower demanded that she denounced the brand outrightly, while others stated she was a part of the problem if she chose not to say something. 

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Before this, the brand in question, whose two concurrent controversial advertisements included child models holding teddy bears donned in sexual bondage gear and a visible court document about virtual child porn, issued an apology to the public. Fox Business shared the apology issued by the brand, which read:

"We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign. 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." 

The statement further noted that they condemned the abuse of children in any form and stood for the safety and well-being of children. 

'KKW Beauty' Owner Gets Criticized For Pretending To Cook

The famous clan is known for its broad reach and influence on consumers, so they get flooded with offers from brands, but not all of it sits well with fans. The Blast reported that while they might be okay with some things pretending to cook for her kids was where they drew the line. 

In the video posted, the "SKIMS" founder promoted the vegan brand "Beyond Meat vegan nuggets" saying that she was always looking for quick, easy and healthy ways to feed her family. 

She added that she would air fry the nuggets for a "delicious plant-based protein option that everyone in the family loves. It's the easiest way yet to go beyond." This sparked opinions in the comments, which were not very friendly. 

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In the post captioned, "What would happen if you just made chicken nuggets from plants? 🌱🐔#ad Well, @beyondmeat just did, and they're so good. Find them at your local @krogerco!" one comment read, "You can endorse almost any product BUT food and cooking. We all know you never lift a finger on simple domestic tasks."

Some others noted that most of her fanbase knew that she hires multiple chefs and nannies for her children.

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