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Megyn Kelly blasts ‘shameful’ Kim Kardashian over Balenciaga deal

‘The money is worth more than her morals’

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Megyn Kelly has slammed Kim Kardashian for not shelving her partnership with Balenciaga after the luxury fashion brand launched an ad campaign that featured children clutching dolls adorned in clothing associated with BDSM — bondage, discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism — lifestyles.

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The shocking photos from its “gift collection” featured kids holding plush bears with chains around the neck and restraints on the wrists and ankles.

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“Even though she’s a billionaire, she’s a disgusting, shameful billionaire because the money is worth more than her morals and the protection of these children to her,” Kelly said in conversation with former Miss California Carrie Prejean Boller on The Megyn Kelly Show.

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“She launched her career with a sex tape, which she then pretended was released against her will,” Kelly said. “But her partner in that video has come out publicly saying that they worked on it together and Kris Jenner marketed it like a pimp.”

Kelly continued to attack the reality star for “inventing selfie culture.”

“The country has made her a billionaire and she can’t be bothered to do the right thing when the circumstances are staring her dead in the face,” Kelly said. “She’s exploited her own children, the same way her mother exploited her. Now, she doesn’t see the ethical lines.”

“What they did is disgusting,” Prejean Boller added.

Two little girls in Balenciaga clothing, with each child holding a teddy bear in bondage gear.
Two little girls in Balenciaga clothing, with each child holding a teddy bear in bondage gear. Photo by @thisissavvy1/TWITTER /TORONTO SUN

“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images,” Kardashian wrote on Twitter as controversy swirled over the ads last week. “The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society – period.”

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Kardashian, who is a brand ambassador for the company, also addressed criticisms that she waited to speak out. It’s “not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

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Balenciaga yanked the campaign Tuesday after the company was lambasted on social media – but several Hollywood A-listers with ties to the high-end brand were conspicuously quiet.

“We sincerely apologize for any offence our holiday campaign may have caused,” the fashion brand said in an apology shared to its Instagram. “Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign.”

Kardashian said she would be “reevaluating my relationship with the brand.”

“Why did it take Kim Kardashian six days to come out with a statement,” Prejean Boller questioned. “It wasn’t until Candace Owens slammed her three times for her to come out with some lame statement … Kim Kardashian is a total sellout. She’s soulless and all she cares about is her money and exploiting her kids.”

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“I don’t think Balenciaga is going to get away with this,” Kelly, who recently called the Kardashian clan a “force for evil,” later added in her chat with Prejean Boller. “I think the blow back will continue.”

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To try and temper backlash to the ad, Balenciaga launched a $25 million lawsuit against the campaign production company and set designer.

Meanwhile, the campaign’s photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, issued a statement claiming that he “was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither chose [sic] the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same.”

Elsewhere, Kim’s half-sister Kylie Jenner was forced to address claims that she shared a photo of her son on social media to distract fans from the Balenciaga scandal at the behest of her mother.

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“Uh whyyyyyy would I post my child to cover up for Balenciaga?” she wrote defending herself. “This is why I don’t do this. Always something to say.”

While other brand ambassadors, including Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman, have kept quiet amidst the scandal, Kim’s former husband Kanye West (who lost his partnership with the label after he made anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter) said that the deafening silence is proof that “all celebrities are controlled.”

“They tried to destroy my businesses at the same time, and the world saw it, and no one is saying anything,” he told paparazzi as he left a Messianic church over the weekend.

“It shows you all celebrities are controlled. You don’t see no celebrities talking about the Balenciaga situation. That just shows you all of these celebrities out here, don’t let them influence you in any way because they’re controlled by the people who really influence the world.”

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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