People Think Kim Kardashian’s Balenciaga Statement From Last Year Was Completely “Performative” After Seeing Her Latest Instagram Posts

“After that statement, she never made another comment. She showed us her stance by continuing to wear and support them.”

Kim Kardashian is being called out for proudly promoting Balenciaga at a luxury event this week.

Close-up of Kim at a media event in a shiny turtleneck outfit

As you might recall, Balenciaga came under fire last November after advertising their Spring/Summer 2023 collection with photographs of children holding teddy bears in BDSM gear.

Close-up of models wearing Balenciaga

Photos of the shoot quickly went viral on Twitter at the time, and before long, users noticed court documents in the background that mentioned “virtual child porn.” This sparked intense outrage and led to several people accusing the designer brand of sexualizing children.

"Balenciaga features toddlers in ads, holding teddy bears in bondage outfits and with a court document about 'child porn' partially hidden in the image; this is criminal & sick; sexualizing children must be a redline @KimKardashian - speak out now"

A couple of days later, Balenciaga issued a statement apologizing for causing “offense” with the campaign. “Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms,” the company wrote.

Demna Gvasalia sitting in a chair and wearing a cap, T-shirt and jacket, thick boots, and jeans with holes at the knees

The brand continued, “We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign. We take this matter very seriously and are taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot. We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form.”

Screenshot of Balenciaga's IG story statement

With Kim being one of the biggest faces of Balenciaga at the time, several internet users were keen to see what stance she’d take on the controversy. And a week after the photo shoot surfaced online, the business mogul wound up releasing a statement of her own addressing the disturbing campaign.

Close-up of Kim at a media event

“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 their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” she wrote.

Twitter: @KimKardashian

While Kim went on to say that she was left “shaken by the disturbing images,” she didn’t specify whether or not she’d be severing ties with Balenciaga, as many fans had hoped. Instead, she vaguely added that she was "re-evaluating" her relationship with the brand.

Close-up of Kim at the Met Gala

“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,” she wrote.

Twitter: @KimKardashian

Three months after the controversy, Balenciaga revealed that it was entering a three-year partnership with the National Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works with hundred of thousands of victims of child abuse across the US every year. Kering, which owns Balenciaga, announced that it would be working with the NCA too in the same partnership.

Twitter: @wrkhs

And while Kim went on to collaborate with and support other designer brands, like Dolce & Gabbana and Schiaparelli, it wasn’t too long before she began rocking Balenciaga again — something that has sparked backlash among fans.

Close-up of Kim in a long-sleeved turtleneck and jeans

Now Kim has caused a stir once more after proudly rocking a Balenciaga gown to the Kering Foundation’s Caring for Women Dinner this week.

Close-up of Kim in a long-sleeved, shiny turtleneck dress

Sharing a bunch of pictures of herself in the Balenciaga dress to her Instagram page, Kim wrote, “Caring for women at the Kering Foundation Gala.” In one of the photos, Kim was joined by Nicole Kidman, who was also wearing a dress made by the designer brand.

Close-up of Nicole and Kim

Several other celebrities who attended the event opted for other designer brands, like Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Valentino, to name a few.

Salma Hayek and Zoë Kravitz at the event in shiny, sleeveless dresses

Fans immediately took to the comments to question why Kim was proudly representing Balenciaga. “Why are you both wearing Demna again,” one person commented, referring to the company’s creative director. “But the brand...,” another comment read.

“This is a simple look that she could have commissioned from any brand. I'm here because I'm a fan but this really upsets me,” someone else added.

Close-up of Kim at the event

Kim also went on to post a photo of herself and Nicole to her Instagram stories and write, “@balenciaga babes.” This also upset fans and left several people suggesting that her “outrage” from last year was “performative.”

Close-up of Kim at the event

“I mean even when people asked her to speak out Kim really made a super neutral and vague statement of something along the lines of ‘I’m going to re-evaluate my future relationship with this company and see what they have to say about it,’” one Reddit user wrote. “She didn’t really make any set in stone plans to cut them off completely or never work with them again and was wearing Balenciaga shortly after her posting about the controversy.”

Close-up of Kim on the street in a long trench coat

“After that statement, she never made another comment. She showed us her stance by continuing to wear and support them,” another person added.

Close-up of Kim walking on the street in a cap, hoodie, and leather pants

“she never said she was cutting them off, she just said she was ‘reconsidering their relationship’ ... I think that pretty much meant waiting until ppl forgot they were mad at balenciaga,” a third user suggested.

Close-up of Kim in a sleeveless corset top and leather pants

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