Luxury fashion brand Balenciaga has had a longstanding relationship with A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Bella Hadid, and more. But the company's website featured a predatory, twisted fashion campaign this week that displayed young girls holding teddy bears wearing bondage gear while standing on top of papers of a Supreme Court case called US vs. Williams in which child pornography was not permitted under the guise of free speech. That case also referred to an earlier decision called Ashcroft vs. Free Speech Coalition in which the judges voted to permit virtual child pornography as long as it didn't include real children in the content.
The whole campaign was so creepy and disturbing that it caused an uproar online. This prompted Balenciaga to remove the photos altogether from the website and issue an apology. However, the damage was already done and many people are wondering if the "conspiracy theorists" had it right all along by suggesting that child pornography and child exploitation is rampant and all too common in the world of Hollywood and media. Balenciaga replaced the children's photos on their website with content that is just as disturbing, and it involves children yet again.
Balenciaga Reveals Another Creepy Fashion Campaign Featuring Art That Glamorizes Pedophilia and Cannibalism
Balenciaga replaced the children's pictures with adult models who are wearing the new clothing while in an office. The photos look normal enough upon first glance. A red-headed woman is wearing a coat, tights, and heels and she's sitting with her feet up on a desk while holding a Balenciaga bag. But if you look closely, you can see a stack of books on the corner of her desk. Twitter user @itsnatlydenise points out that the top book is from an artist named Michael Borremans and it's called Fire from the Sun.
Be warned before you Google this book—the paintings in this book are very disturbing and feature toddlers running around naked, looking at and holding bloody, severed body parts. Many of the kids are covered in blood. There are also drawings of children dressed in occult-like costumes, wearing all black with hoods that cover their face and entire head. One of the drawings features a circle of children gathered around a large rodent who is presumably going to be sacrificed. Other images include an adult wearing the same black, hooded outfit and holding the hands of a minor with the same outfit. Other work by Borremans features adult men walking around with their heads and faces completely covered, exchanging bloody body parts and eating them.
The description of this book reads: "Fire from the Sun includes small- and large-scale works that feature toddlers engaged in playful but mysterious acts with sinister overtones and insinuations of violence."
Another book on the table of the Balenciaga campaign is called "The Cremaster Cycle" by Matthew Barney. This features weird, dystopian pictures of a man painted in white with a large headless on, eating something bloody and severed, which is supposed to represent the cremaster muscle. In case you're wondering what the cremaster muscle is, it's the "thin fascial muscle of the spermatic cord made of skeletal muscle." Its action is to "retract the testes."
The Cremaster image is described as a reference to "the murder and resurrection of Abiff" that is "reenacted during Masonic initiation rites as the culmination of a three-part process."
It seems odd at best that these are the images and undertones that Balenciaga chose to go with after they were forced to take down the campaign featuring young children. At this point, there's no denying that there's an intentional, coordinated effort to incorporate dark, sinister themes of pedophilia and cannibalism in the world of high fashion.
Nicole Kidman is featured in these campaigns, but she and all the other stars associated with Balenciaga have remained completely silent about the predatory, unexplainable connections to pedophilia that are featured in the fashion brand's images.