There’s a saying, if it quacks like a duck, it swims like a duck, and it looks like a duck, then it’s a duck.

So what to make of Balenciaga, the fashion company that has enraged people across the political spectrum this week with a series of disgusting ads which look to promote pedophilia, satanism and child porn?

Should we hold them to the standard of if they publish photo shoots that make them look like satanic pedophiles, and they publish subliminal messages referring to demons in their ads then they’re satanic pedophiles, and if they also subtly mention pedophilic court cases and controversial pedophilic artists then they’re satanic pedophiles?

Because for a company that claims they’re not satanic pedophiles, damn if they don’t have a preponderance of things in their latest ad campaigns that make them look like satanic pedophiles.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage

Let’s start off with the first ads and images.

They showed showed two young girls holding teddy bears wearing bondage gear. And I’m talking YOUNG girls, like they looked maybe four or five years old, max. And the bears were wearing elaborate bondage gear. This wasn’t a case of the bear wearing a choker and people misinterpreting it. No, the bears were dressed like leather daddies in AHS New York.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

In addition to that, as if that wasn’t bad enough, you could see on a table that there were a number of papers and court documents. The court documents pertained to cases involving child pornography laws.

Ok, now, I love subversive entertainment. I love it when entertainers push the boundaries of societal norms, and I think it’s important to challenge societal mores to question how much of our lives are due to inertia and programming from the world around us.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage

In one Balenciaga ad there’s a reference to court documents about a child porn case, in another, there’s reference to an artist known for pedophilic images.

But there’s subversive entertainment, like bands such as the Dead Kennedys, like comedians such as Bill Hicks, like social commentators such as Noam Chomsky, and there’s disgusting crapola which goes beyond being subversive into being sick.

Welcome to the realm where Balenciaga finds itself currently.

Because that ad, with the leather bondage bears and the pedophile court cases, was far from the end of their current run of satanic pedo garbage.

In another couple of ads, pointed out by a number of TikTok creators, there are references to a controversial artist disdained for their pedophilic imagery, and further references to the demon Baal, which was an ancient denizen of hell that satanists used to sacrifice children to.

Now, again, any one of these things alone would be cause for suspicion. All of them together, well, there’s a lot of smoke to not point out hellfire.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage

A controversial artist known for pedophilic images was referenced in the Balenciaga ads.

And the big question is, why? Why would a fashion company bother to go so far into this to ostensibly promote its merchandise? There are ways to titillate and provoke, to get attention, without disgusting people. Pedophilia is a pretty strong line that people do not cross in terms of acceptance, and rightfully so. If you’ve got an ad campaign with nudity or sexuality or even strong sexual kink elements between adults, yeah, it’ll shock some people, but it’s gotten to the point where people are inured to most things of that nature, particularly coming from extreme artistic circles like fashion merchandising. It’s a way to get attention without people like me, who are pretty open minded to all the other stuff, thinking you’re a bunch of sickening perverts.

And I’m not alone. Pretty much everyone who has seen these ads has rightfully called them disgusting and questioned why a company that’s been around for almost a century is stooping this low for attention and branding themselves as satanic pedophiles.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage

One ad referenced the demon Baal in the background.

The company went into damage control immediately after the backlash hit, saying that the ad campaign was not approved and went around their executives and that they are also disgusted by it. Do I believe that? Not sure. Maybe that’s the case, but speaking as someone who has worked in advertising for over a decade, I can tell you that massive ad campaigns always need some executives signing off on them. You don’t just get to put the ads together and buy the media space and do it all behind the backs of execs without any input or approval.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage

Baal was known throughout various religions and mythologies as a demon involved with child sacrifice.

Still, Balenciaga sent out a statement insisting that it “strongly condemn[s] abuse of children in any form” and claimed its execs were already “taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items.”

So, are Balenciaga satanic pedophiles?

I can’t say for sure.

But looking at these pictures, it certainly seems as if at the very least the people putting the ads together are quacking, swimming, and looking like the proverbial ducks.

The question is why.

Is this some sort of ham-handed attempt to parody the “satanic panic” of the ’80s? Is it some sort of subversive effort to parody the QAnon belief that groups of elites are satanic pedophiles? Because I could’ve gotten behind either of those satires, if indeed the ad campaigns were run like legitimate satires of those things. There are ways in which both could’ve been done in a clever fashion, UTILIZING ADULT MODELS.

But when you involve actual children, little kids, like really little kids, then you cross a line. It’s beyond social commentary, it becomes what it’s trying to lampoon, and in doing so is disgusting in and of itself.

Either way, Balenciaga has a lot of damage control to do, and that should begin with recognizing that while there are few things which unite Americans of all political beliefs and persuasions, a strong aversion and disgust with exploitation of children is one of them.

High Fashion Or Satanic Pedophiles? Disgusting Balenciaga Ad Campaign Is Pedo Garbage
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.
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