Kim Kardashian responds to Balenciaga's reaction: 'They get mad if I don't speak up, they get mad if I speak up'

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Kim Kardashian often feels stuck between a rock and a hard place.

More than a month after the initial scandal surrounding the Balenciaga fashion house and the announcement that many considered it sexualizing children, Kardashian is speaking out about cancel culture and how her response to the fashion problem sparked its own controversy.

“Even with the Balenciaga thing, everyone was like, ‘Why aren’t you talking? Why are you not talking?’ And I’m like, wait – I’m not on this campaign. I don’t know what’s going on, let me take a minute to research this,” she explained on the “Angie Martinez IRL Podcast.”

“And then, once I saw what everyone was seeing on the Internet and the reality of the situation, I spoke up completely and gave my opinion on child pornography and denounced it completely. But why didn’t I say ‘F- — Balenciaga, that’s it.’ People got mad about it.”

Kim Kardashian discussed the backlash she received for not responding quickly enough or adequately to the Balenciaga scandal.

Kim Kardashian discussed the backlash she received for not responding quickly enough or adequately to the Balenciaga scandal.
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Kardashian explained that no matter what response she gave, she would still be subject to backlash.

“They get mad if I don’t speak up, they get mad if I speak up, and if I don’t cancel. They’re mad because if you don’t cancel someone in today’s society, then… I know people talk about the culture of cancellation and how crazy that is but it’s still happening. And so it was never my thing,” she shared.

In addition to frequently being dressed by the fashion house, Kardashian also appeared in a separate 2022 Balenciaga campaign and was a brand ambassador.

“The point of life is to make mistakes, it’s to grow and evolve and be better people. Obviously, there’s absolutely no place or an ounce to play with anything with children. Like any sexualization of children, there’s not like an ounce of that. . should be in our brains and in our society. I get it. I couldn’t have been clearer about, ‘This is awful. This is disturbing.'”

Kim Kardashian was spotted in Paris this summer outside the Balenciaga store.

Kim Kardashian was spotted in Paris this summer outside the Balenciaga store.
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Balenciaga launched its controversial holiday campaign on Nov. 16 and issued an Instagram apology on Nov. 24.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush tote bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms,” ​​the brand wrote.

Kardashian denounced the announcement on Nov. 27.

The reality star shared in a series of tweets: “As a mother of four, I was shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held in the highest regard and any attempt to normalize child abuse of any kind must have no no place in our society – period. I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal from campaigns and the apology. In speaking to them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the problem and will take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again.”

She also added that she was “re-evaluating” her “relationship with the brand”.

Kim Kardashian has often been pictured dressed head to toe in Balenciaga.

Kim Kardashian has often been pictured dressed head to toe in Balenciaga.
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At one point during the conversation, Martinez asked the 42-year-old if she felt she couldn’t “win” with how her responses to such extreme questions were perceived by the public.

“You definitely can’t win, no matter what, you can’t win,” she said. “But I will still be me.”

While it’s unclear when the podcast episode was originally filmed, Kardashian mentions her week at the time as being a particularly “trial”.

“This week has really been a test for me, just because I’m in so many other s— that’s not my s—- …. You know when you just don’t want to be a part of the narrative, but you’re brought in? But then I have to take responsibility and say, ‘OK, people think of me as the face of this, so let me do the talking.’ I always want to do the right thing. And you always have to do what feels right,” she said.