Luxury fashion house Balenciaga on Tuesday issued an apology for their recent ad campaign that used images that sexualized children as they posed with teddy bears in bondage uniforms.

One of the photos included the U.S. Supreme Court case, united states v. williams, to criminalize child pornography. Part of the picture cites another Supreme Court case, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalitionwhich makes virtual child pornography protected.

Many accused the company of “normalizing child pornography.”

“They’re trying to gain attention by using the Supreme Court child pornography pandering case as window dressing,” said Benjamin Bull, general counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “It’s linking child pornography to their product.”

The company faced backlash that led them to remove the image and apologize. They have also begun legal action “against the parties responsible for making the set”.

“We apologize for displaying disturbing documents during the campaign,” the company said in an Instagram post.

The company said some of the items shown in the images were “unapproved” and they “strongly condemn any form of child abuse”.

“We represent the safety and well-being of children,” they continued. “We apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear packs should not be on children during this campaign.”

“It’s not about them being provocative and getting attention,” Penny Nance, chief executive of Worrying Women of America, told Fox News. “This whole campaign is about sexualizing children, that’s all. It’s a period of child exploitation. It feeds and normalizes a culture that’s dark and depraved.”

Nicole Kidman appears in Balenciaga’s spring 2023 collection, while Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid serve as brand ambassadors.

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Housekaart News.You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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