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Does anyone else think the teddy bear looks like it has a black eye, like from being hit?

In this thread, there's a link to a photo of an older model carrying one of these BDSM-type bears, and the model is made up with a bloody nose and bruising/scraping around the eye: https://ovarit.com/test/o/WomensLiberation/205888/beyond-disturbing-balenciaga-ad-campaign-features-children-with-bondage-teddy-be

This is normalizing kids being around abuse and it's wrong. I don't have to be a Moms Against Liberty "pray away the gay" school board protestor to know that.

Beyond disgusting. As if girls are not already sexualized at younger and younger ages. Here, we have the normalization of BDSM with a very young child. The little girl looks like age 6-7.

[–] MissBehaved 12 points Edited

Yep, the men folk are trying super hard to normalise the abuse of women and girls by pushing this younger and younger. In teen and preteen magazines, tv shows and now even toys. They want us to accept being sex slaves who will never say "No" to any depraved act they want to force on us.

Ew those teddy bondage bears are so ugly. A teddy bear in fashionable outfit sounds like a pretty good idea for a designer brand but this is so gross. Like why have a child model it why not a adult. Just go to build a bear if you want a fashionable teddy bear.

It reminds me of Drag Queen Story Hour because it's so obviously created by people who don't know or care about what kids actually like. A bear wearing a miniature of an (age-appropriate) Balenciaga outfit would be adorable, this is just disgusting on all levels.

Props to Slarty Bartfast on Twitter for this discovery. There is another image available of a little girl carrying a soft toy in bondage gear.

[–] LonelyKindred 7 points Edited

I've gotta object, this just looks like a punk/goth teddy bear. The accessories are in no way restricting, they're just edgy. Plus note it also has black fishnets, black hair, piercings, eyeliner, etc and also the surrounding theme.

Agree.

I was expecting Grayson Perry style bear, but this looks like a punky build a bear. Nothing sexualised/bdsm from the pic shown here. Unless there are other pics I don’t get the outrage.

However punk doesn’t feel quite right with a little girl in the ad either. Sex pistols are not for preschoolers🤷🏼‍♀️

I'll admit Full Blown Punk isn't kid-safe but kids' cartoons have long included edgy alt characters and semi-sanitised music, so it's not even slightly unusual to me. That being said, the other replier just posted a pic where the girl is holding a way less fashion-edgy bear that has a harness with a bottom strap, so I don't know what to think anymore.

Is that what that is? I can’t see it so well, wasn’t sure if it’s just supposed to be punk or more. I don’t like it with the girl in the image either way.

What about this one? Is this also normal punk? It seems very strange to me but I don't know much about punk fashion so idk

https://www.balenciaga.com/en-us/gift-shop

[–] SecondSkin 2 points Edited

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/agudit/punk-fashion/

Some typical punk images.

This bear looks more cringe worthy than the other one, although the picture is hard to see much of it.* but it’s not like it’s easy to make a punk outfit for a bear… (never thought I’d say that sentence) so it’s maybe just the nearest estimation rather than bdsm. Punk is very extreme and edgy, it was intended to be-it’s supposed to push limits and be a fuck you to the establishment and bring anarchy and chaos -it was a political -from the poor working class and under classes-movement through music, art and fashion. It’s supposed to overthrow convention. And 100% inappropriate for a little girl to be in the picture.

But that doesn’t equal Grayson Perry esq bdsm bear that’s intended to brain wash kids. It’s might just be as simple as the designer trying to juxtapose sweet girly image with edgy punk- its pretty standard for designers do this as a lazy substitute for actual interesting, talented, thought provoking creativity. Still not appropriate, but imho I agree with other posters that this looks like the aim is punk not bdsm. Maybe they are going for bdsm, I just don’t see how that’s clear from these links.

*I am in need of a new prescription though. Vision is fairly blurry.

I mean I get you. I see it because I know the fashions popular in the kink scene. But what you're saying has merit too. I think in their other picture there's less ambiguity involved. it looks like full bdsm dungeon gear to me: https://www.balenciaga.com/en-us/gift-shop

More than likely though, the punk scene and the BDSM scene just has a lot of cross-over.

... I want to say "harnesses can be edgy accessories too and there IS plenty of crossover with leather and latex gear and chains in general" but that's straight up a bottom strap and the bear has panty-shaped markings... Yeah, the bear in the picture OP posted is just a punk bear but that one is different and highkey WTF

Shit like this is so weirdly on the nose that if it were done by an actual artist rather than a fashion company, I would assume that it was a satirical commentary on the fashion industry

https://www.balenciaga.com/en-us/gift-shop

For the other teddy bear!

That's even more what the fuck.

Not to mention it looks like crap quality.

[–] Chickpea 0 points Edited

On the bright side, people have noticed and are speaking out. The photographer’s name is listed at the bottom of the page and the photos on his IG are getting flooded with concerned and disapproving comments.

Well this aged like puke: Gucci and Balenciaga Won't Hire Underage Models After 2020 [archive]

Quoting Pinault, CEO of Kering (aka daddy of Gucci/YSL/Balenciaga...) :

"As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses," Pinault said in a statement. "We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit." The decision follows a similar one made in August 2018 by Conde Nast and Council of Fashion Designers of America, who announced they would cease to hire underage models for editorials in its various titles unless they were the subject of an article.

Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering's chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, added in her statement, "In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession."

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