On The Megyn Kelly Show, the host slammed Kardashian as a “disgusting, shameful billionaire” because she “refuses to disassociate with the brand” and “money is worth more than her morals and the protection of these children to her.”
Kelly was referring to a recent Balenciaga campaign that featured photos of young children holding teddy bears in BDSM gear and nearby BDSM props as well as wine glasses. Further, legal documents from a Supreme Court case regarding child pornography was spotted in one of the photos.
The campaign has caused a whirlwind of uproar, but Kardashian still maintains a relationship with the fashion house.
“I don’t believe it is the money for her. It’s her vanity,” Kelly said. “It’s her need to see herself in the Balenciaga dresses, looking high-fashion, because she’s jealous of the one sister who really is a high-fashion model, and she’s been a wannabe on this front for the past couple years, running around — here she is featured in Balenciaga wear at the Met Gala a couple years ago.”
“This too is a misogynistic outfit, with her face entirely covered, because there’s somebody sick at Balenciaga working on the set design and the imagery and the fashion choices, because covering a woman like this is disturbing and dark and Kim couldn’t, shouldn’t have done it and Balenciaga shouldn’t have done it,” she continued. “But I think she can’t let go of her own imagery as this high-fashion model. She — it’s her vanity that’s making her slow to say goodbye. It’s not the money.”
Kardashian responded days after the controversy surfaced, telling her followers that she is reevaluating her relationship with Balenciaga. She explained that she was concerned over the ads, but added that “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology. 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.”
“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign,” the fashion house said in a post to its Instagram story last week. “We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”
It has since filed a $25 million lawsuit against the production company and set designer for the ads, specifically over the inclusion of the court documents from the 2008 United States v. Williams decision.