On Monday’s episode of the IRL podcast with Angie Martinez, Kim Kardashian revealed why she did not speak out right away after the Balenciaga ad controversy broke.
“Even with the Balenciaga thing, it was like, everyone was like, ‘Why aren’t you speaking out? Why aren’t you speaking out? I was like, ‘Wait, I am not in this campaign. I don’t know what’s happening, let me take a minute to research this,” she shared, speaking on Spanish luxury brand after it featured children in a BDSM-themed campaign.
“And then as soon as I saw what everyone was seeing on the Internet, the reality of the situation, I completely spoke out and gave my thoughts on child porn. I completely denounced it,” Kardashian said. “But because I didn’t say, ‘F**k you, Balenciaga,’ that’s it. People got mad at that.”
Kardashian, the ex-wife of Kanye West, continued: “They’re mad if I don’t speak out. They’re mad if I do speak and if I don’t cancel. They’re just mad that if you don’t cancel someone in today’s society… I know people talk about cancel culture and so it’s still happening. It’s never been my place.”
“The whole point of life is to make mistakes, is to grow, and to evolve, and to be better people. Obviously there is absolutely no place or an ounce to even play with anything with children.”
The ads involved children who posed with children’s BDSM-inspired stuffed animals. Kardashian’s recent controversy over Balenciaga was later called out for not speaking up and calling out the brand’s controversial holiday campaign quickly enough.
Many considered the ad to sexualize children.
Kardashian released a statement on social media attacking the controversy surrounding Balenciaga’s campaign and promised to re-evaluate the partnership.
The luxury fashion house subsequently said in a subsequent statement it will introduce new controls in order to ensure a series of serious mistakes does not occur again.
Kanye West says he spoke with Balenciaga. “In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”