Be Wary of the Balenciaga Satanic Psyop – 2022 | Reese Report
The Balenciaga scandal involving the sexualisation of children occurred when the luxury fashion brand featured young children in an advertising campaign that was heavily criticised for promoting the sexualisation and abuse of children.
The campaign, which was meant to promote the brand's 2023 Spring/Summer collection, featured images of two female children holding teddy bear handbags accessorised with fishnet stockings, studded leather harnesses, and collars with locks. The photoshoots were accused of normalising child pornography and exploiting children for the brand's gain.
The controversy began when the images were posted on social media, sparking immediate backlash and criticism from users, fashion lovers, political commentators, and celebrities. Balenciaga eventually apologised for the images and deleted most of its social media content. The brand's CEO, Cédric Charbit, took full responsibility for the controversy and announced that the company would implement new internal policies to evaluate the nature of its content, collaborate with child protection organisations, and create a “significant fund for grants to organisations”.
The scandal has also been linked to a conspiracy theory about child trafficking, although no concrete evidence has been found to support these claims. Balenciaga has not taken legal action against the parties involved in the making of the ads, but the brand is now focusing on rebuilding its image and ensuring that it does not exploit children in its advertising campaigns.
The controversy led to a lawsuit, as one of the photographs in a separate campaign featured a comment from the United States v. Williams, a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the PROTECT Act, a federal law that criminalises advertising, promoting, presenting, or distributing child pornography. The scandal also gave rise to theories about child trafficking. The brand's actions have been scrutinised in the context of the broader issue of the sexualisation of children in the media, with critics arguing that such cases contribute to the normalisation of the subtle sexualisation of children, which should be a cause for significant concern