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It should be illegal to use children in advertising, period. I have argued this before. They can’t consent. And their images are used for vile shit like this.

Whatever this guy says, he still accepted money to photograph this disgusting, pedophilic tableau. No pass from me.

And Balenciaga’s parent company and all of its brands should pay dearly for this.

This is what elevated it to a blatant pro-CP shoot:

Eagle-eyed online investigators pointed out that another ad showed what appeared to be legal documents from a Supreme Court case that ruled on federal laws regarding child pornography.

“I must stress that I was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither choose the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same,” he continued.

Completely avoiding the fact that declining the job all together was an option he had the freedom to make.

[–] hmimperialtortie cats plz 7 points

He’s contradicting himself with that double negative. Illiteracy or weasel words?

He's Italian, judging by his name. If Italian is his first language, he may have overdone the negatives in English; Italian is a lot more forgiving on this score (e.g. 'Non ho visto nessuno', 'I didn't see anyone', lit. 'I didn't see no-one'). 'Non mi è concesso, in nessun modo, di scegliere né i prodotti né i modelli né come sono stati collocati' is quite possible in Italian.

I'm also seeing a lot of leftist/democrats dragging their feet to admit it was gross because they don't want to side with the right. And I'm just flabbergasted. If something is wrong, something is wrong, period. It doesn't matter which political party agrees more. I hate that people think like that now (and that goes for all political sides).

That conformist "if I agree then I'm identifying/agreeing with The Enemy, so I simply can't" way of thinking has poisoned rational thought and perception. It's incredible, and really depressing to witness.

How did the ridiculous creators think they would get away with this? There's nothing glamorous, cool, or hot about abusing children, and there never will be.

[–] RawSienna 22 points Edited

My cynical take is that they have so much contempt for their target audience – women – that they thought we were too stupid to notice both the overt and covert pedophilic imagery and symbols. They want to rub our faces in child abuse while we naively eat up how cool and edgy their sick* brand is.

*original, non-slangified meaning of the word.

I'd think less they thought we were stupid and more, just like gender ideology and basically all the mainstream news of the last few years, they're just boldly flaunting their contempt for reality and any cultural norms and seeing how many people just nod and sleepwalk along with it

NO ONE who doesn't have pedophilic tendencies would go this route, even if they thought it was edgy. Someone, or several someones, along this food chain carefully planned this out. They have been so shielded by money, privilege, apathy, and the worst parts of progressivism I doubt they thought anyone would notice or call them out. Predators like this always out themselves eventually because they can't help themselves. Eventually their sickness takes over everything else.

That's my take on it, anyway.

How did the ridiculous creators think they would get away with this?

Because these days you simply say "something something oppressed minority something something diversity something something inclusivity" and that will shut up most objection, because peope don't want to be called right-wing/nazi/bigot. Simple as that.

He put at least two of the images on his instagram. Surely that was his choice?

This story keep getting worse. People keep finding more and more images with subtle background hints about paedophilia. Stuff like a book sitting on a desk that if you look it up contains horrific images of nude and mutilated children and a framed certificate behind a model referencing someone who abused his granddaughter. They've gone into full bunker mode, cleaning their social media of all posts.

That sucks... showing up for a gig and it ends up being something you are uncomfortable with, but it's hard to back out because you are worried they won't hire you again, and you already signed a contract, and all that.

"“I am not in a position to comment [on] Balenciaga’s choices, but I must stress that I was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither choose the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same,” he continued.

He explained that he was permitted only to light the prepared scene and shoot in his “signature style,” but noted that the “direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed” were not in his control.

Wow, BUSTED Balenciaga! BUSTED!

Just one time I would like to see a company or person own what they did: *We were horribly wrong and used inappropriately bad judgement to put a small child in a disgusting BDSM ad for our products. We are sorry and promise to not do this again”.

I won’t hold my breath to ever live to see this.

It wasn’t “bad judgment” though. “Bad judgment” is going with the discount bungee cord jump package with unlicensed handlers.

This was a deliberate choice to do something really wrong.

I agree, these fashion photoshoots are designed and approved by numerous people.

It is a deliberate choice to promote CSA, not a mistake. Scumbags thinking they are edgelords.

Their “bad judgment” maybe was misjudging the public backlash level. Or not. This whole thing could have been done deliberately to set people off and get a ton of publicity for being “controversial”. Who knows?