Kim Kardashian appeared on the “Angie Martinez IRL Podcast” Monday and opened up about having her name dragged through the mud because she didn’t distance herself from the Balenciaga scandal fast enough over a photoshoot linked to grooming and pedophilia.
(Video Credit: Angie Martinez)
In November, the fashion house was hammered over an ad campaign that featured two children holding teddy bears wearing BDSM gear and another that showed a prop that referred to a printout of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States vs. Williams, which addressed whether or not child pornography could be regarded as a protected form of free speech. The company went on to nix the ad campaigns and apologized for the one with the children in it.
Kardashian got caught up in the scandal because she has frequently represented the fashion house and is a big-name customer. When she did not cut ties with the company immediately, she was excoriated for it. Other celebrities were also slammed for not denouncing Balenciaga over the ad campaigns.
The reality star eventually posted a statement on social media asserting that she was “shaken by the disturbing images” and said she would re-evaluate her relationship with the company.
During the podcast on Monday, Kardashian addressed the massive backlash she received over Balenciaga.
As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 28, 2022
“Even with the Balenciaga thing, it was like everyone was like, ‘Why aren’t you speaking out? Why aren’t you speaking out?’ And I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m not in this campaign. I don’t know what’s happening. Let me like take a minute to research this,’” she recounted.
“And then as soon as I saw what everyone was seeing on the Internet and the reality of the situation, I completely spoke out and gave my thoughts on child porn and completely denounced it. But because I didn’t say, ‘F*** you, Balenciaga. That’s it.’ People got mad at that,” Kardashian claimed.
She went on to address cancel culture and contend she was a victim of it because she didn’t dump the fashion house.
Yeah, we did get made at her for not saying FU to Balenciaga. She should have done a viral video of herself burning all of her Balenciaga items. She’s soooo courageous for coming out weeks later. This is a damage control FAIL. The fall Kardashian empire has begun.
— Kirk Jaco (@KirkJaco) December 28, 2022
— The Other Kim (@RaceBeardie) December 28, 2022
“They’re mad if I don’t speak out, they’re mad if I do speak out and if I don’t cancel. They’re just mad that if you don’t cancel someone in today’s society, then it, it is just — like I know people talk about cancel culture and how crazy it is. But it’s still happening,” she told the podcast host.
“So 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,” Kardashian remarked.
She then discussed her stance concerning the controversial ad campaign.
“Obviously there is absolutely no place or an ounce to even play with anything with children,” she commented. “Like any sexualization of children, there’s like not an ounce of that in our — should be in our brains and in our society. I get that. I couldn’t have been more clear on, this is horrifying, this is disturbing. I mean, but unless they heard what they wanted to hear it’s like, ‘F*** you, you’re canceled.’”
Kardashian also said it was hard to deal with the scandal knowing that “no matter what you can’t win.”
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“You don’t want to be a part of the narrative, but you’re brought in,” she explained.
“This week was just really testing for me just because I’m in so much other sh*t that’s not my sh*t,” she said.
“But then I have to take responsibility and say, ‘Okay, people look at me as the face of this, so let me — let me speak out.’ I just always wanna do the right thing and you always have to just do what feels right. And you just can’t take on all that extra energy,” Kardashian concluded during the interview.
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