The high-end Spanish luxury fashion brand came under fire late last week after releasing images online of children holding toys dressed in bondage gear, fishnets and spiked leather collars. In one picture, a child is seen lying on her stomach with wine glasses and bondage gear surrounding her.
“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to its team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” she wrote on Twitter.
“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images,” she said. “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.”
Kardashian continued: “As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off its willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with—& the actions I am expecting to see it take to protect children.”
Her statement led Owens to counter her statement with some thoughts of her own.
“It only took 6 days for @kimkardashian to not actually condemn Balenciaga for child pornography because although she was disgusted and outraged—money is money and sometimes you gotta let child pornography fly for free clothes and money. Or something,” Owens wrote in a tweet.
Outrage surrounding Balenciaga comes just weeks after Kardashian’s ex-husband Kanye West was let go from the brand over anti-Semitic tweets he posted earlier this month. In retaliation, the Watch the Throne rapper said not to “trust influencers” because they were “being controlled.”
He continued: “All these celebrities out here, don’t let them influence you in any way, because they’re really controlled by people who really influence the world. There’s no such thing as a celebrity influencer.”