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  • Balenciaga Apologizes For Ads Featuring Children Holding BDSM Teddy Bears

    And it gets worse.... some sharp eyed twitter and youtubers found, on another ad campaign run at about the same time, some poorly hidden papers.....On those papers was the text of a SCOTUS decision on virtual child pornography and its making and distribution.......



    Luxury fashion house Balenciaga has apologized for featuring children cuddling teddy bears dressed in bondage gear in its latest advertising campaign.

    Shot by photographer Gabriele Galimberti, images linked to the Balenciaga Gift Shop campaign featured young children dressed in the Balenciaga Kids line.

    According to the original press release issued last week, the "campaign iterates on the artist's series Toy Stories, an exploration of what people collect and receive as gifts."


    In its original press release, the company said that the line featured "dozens of new products ranging from homeware, petwear and scent, from everyday items to limited-edition collectibles and bespoke furniture."

    But there was an angry response on social media to the shots which featured young children with plush teddy bear bags dressed in what looked like BDSM-inspired outfits. One child is pictured with an assortment of empty wine glasses.


    One Twitter user wrote: "Balenciaga may have "apologized" but everyone knows that campaign got past people at the highest level. This is a publicity strategy, trying to get attention with controversial content. I do not accept their apology and never will. It's NEVER okay to sexualize kids."

    The company posted an apology on its Instagram on Tuesday announcing that the campaign had been removed.

    "We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused," the statement said.

    "Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms."

    Photographer Galimberti told CNN in a statement Wednesday that the direction and shooting of the campaign were out of his hands.

    "I am not in a position to comment [on] Balenciaga's choices, but I must stress that I was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither chose (sic) the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same.


    "As a photographer, I was only and solely requested to lit (sic) the given scene, and take the shots according to my signature style.

    "As usual, the direction of the campaign and of the shooting are not on the hands of the photographer."

    He added: "I suspect that any person prone to pedophilia searches on the web and has unfortunately a too easy access to images completely different than mine, absolutely explicit in their awful content. Lynching like these are addressed against wrong targets, and distract from the real problem, and criminals."


    'We stand for children safety'



    Hours after issuing the apology, Balenciaga posted a further statement on Instagram apologizing for displaying "unsettling documents" in a separate campaign, referring to documents from a Supreme Court case relating to child pornography laws.

    "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 company said.

    "We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form. We stand for children safety and well-being."

    Galimberti said he had "no connection with the photo where a Supreme Court document appears."

    Just last month Balenciaga severed ties with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West after a series of antisemitic posts and controversial comments.

    CNN has contacted Kering, Balenciaga's parent company, for comment.


    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ba...cli/index.html
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post
    And it gets worse.... some sharp eyed twitter and youtubers found, on another ad campaign run at about the same time, some poorly hidden papers.....On those papers was the text of a SCOTUS decision on virtual child pornography and its making and distribution.......




    https://twitter.com/shoe0nhead/statu...32715126202368
    Oh, and just in case you thought the photographer's 'woe is me, I'm being lynched' tale of how it wasn't his fault at all and he was just doing his job and isn't responsible for the models, etc., etc. might be feasible or beleivable..... here's a tweet from him this summer:
    FiI8LeGVsAEqKK1?format=jpg&name=small.jpg
    "When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing"
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    "So when you actually get the virus, you're going to start producing antibodies against multiple pieces of the virus. So, your antibodies are probably better at that point than the vaccination."
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post
      And it gets worse.... some sharp eyed twitter and youtubers found, on another ad campaign run at about the same time, some poorly hidden papers.....On those papers was the text of a SCOTUS decision on virtual child pornography and its making and distribution.......




      https://twitter.com/shoe0nhead/statu...32715126202368
      wow --- basically, "we're not sorry - only sorry that we got caught" - with a whole bunch of finger pointing.
      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

        wow --- basically, "we're not sorry - only sorry that we got caught" - with a whole bunch of finger pointing.
        When I heard about the ads my first thought was "what were they thinking?" and then wondered if it's a cynical ploy to get more publicity through public outcry. Now seeing what sort of person is behind the camera ...

        I'm always still in trouble again

        "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
        "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
        "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
          When I heard about the ads my first thought was "what were they thinking?" and then wondered if it's a cynical ploy to get more publicity through public outcry. Now seeing what sort of person is behind the camera ...
          Perhaps H_A will come along and shame us for being such prudes.
          The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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          • #6
            I've seen some other stuff that's made me feel guilty over even mocking Chick Tracts.
            P1) If , then I win.

            P2)

            C) I win.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
              I've seen some other stuff that's made me feel guilty over even mocking Chick Tracts.
              Now that's bad!
              Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                Perhaps H_A will come along and shame us for being such prudes.
                How could any reasonable person be upset by small children being used to promote S&M.

                I'm always still in trouble again

                "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                • #9
                  On a separate but related subject, Lotta Volkova (a straight-up Satanist apparently) is another stylist that works for the company....

                  (WARNING graphic and disturbing images)
                  In-House Designer For Balenciaga, Adidas Comes Under Fire Over Disturbing Social Media Posts

                  While fashion company Balenciaga has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the producers of an ad which featured pedophilic images that included BDSM teddy bears and other disturbing imagery, internet sleuths have homed in one of the company's in-house stylists, Lotta Volkova, who has a disturbing social media history which was recently made private.

                  Born in 1984, the Russian-born Volkova - who also designs for Adidas, was described by Vogue as a "super stylist." But she's also super into disturbing images of satanism, children in distress, and teddy bears in bondage, based on her now-private Instagram feed, as noted by The Namal, citing a lengthy Twitter thread by internet sleuth @curioslight.
                  Images on her Instagram are apparently even more disturbing than the images in the ZH article I linked. So we seem to have a pattern of disturbing activity related to the company.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                    Perhaps H_A will come along and shame us for being such prudes.
                    "Well, talk about bad taste"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                      Perhaps H_A will come along and shame us for being such prudes.
                      For the sarcastically impaired the following is said in jest

                      Teddy bears in bdsm gear is complex situation.

                      P1) If , then I win.

                      P2)

                      C) I win.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Diogenes View Post

                        For the sarcastically impaired the following is said in jest

                        Teddy bears in bdsm gear is complex situation.

                        Well, yeah, there's that.
                        The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Diogenes View Post

                          For the sarcastically impaired the following is said in jest

                          Teddy bears in bdsm gear is complex situation.

                          It looks like you've got H_A pretty well figured out.

                          I'm always still in trouble again

                          "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                          "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                          "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

                            Oh, and just in case you thought the photographer's 'woe is me, I'm being lynched' tale of how it wasn't his fault at all and he was just doing his job and isn't responsible for the models, etc., etc. might be feasible or beleivable..... here's a tweet from him this summer:
                            FiI8LeGVsAEqKK1?format=jpg&name=small.jpg
                            Is he saying that because child porn is restricted, guns should also be restricted, or is he saying that because guns aren't restricted, child porn shouldn't be either? I can't tell without further context.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Diogenes View Post

                              For the sarcastically impaired the following is said in jest

                              Teddy bears in bdsm gear is complex situation.

                              For the sarcastically impaired the following is said in jest

                              People have been putting teddy bears in clothes for generations. I bet you had a teddy bear with clothes on it when you were a child, did it scar you for life?


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