Balanciaga is under heavy fire this week after releasing photographs featuring child models posting with teddy bears dressed in disgustingly inappropriate outfits. But the fashion company’s dark undertones goes WAY FURTHER than this. In this clip, Glenn exposes just how EVIL this brand’s creative direction seems to be. But this isn’t just Balanciaga. In fact, this scandal mirrors a turning tide within society as a whole, which is why we MUST call it out.
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GLENN: Most people don't know anything about Balenciaga. Is that how you say it? Say it, Sara. I don't know.
GLENN: Balenciaga. Okay. 2,000-dollar sweaters. It's really expensive couture kind of clothing. Blah, blah, blah. It's a Spanish fashion house. And it's had real sway apparently for a very long time. They -- well, let me welcome back Stu from vacation. Stu, what do you know about this story?
STU: Glenn, think of me. This is in the theoretical sense.
STU: Think of me as a person, who went on Thanksgiving break.
STU: And tried to stay away from grooming stories while I was on that break.
GLENN: Okay. That's hard to understand. But okay.
STU: And also, in addition to this, have never heard of Balenciaga. See, I even -- I can pronounce it, but I don't know what it is. Have never even heard of it, until this weekend.
GLENN: So what do you know about it?
STU: The only thing that I would say about is, didn't they take some pictures of like kids with teddy bears and the bears were like bondage bears or something? I don't know. I saw one of the pictures, that's all I've heard.
GLENN: All right. So there's a lot more to this story as it goes on.
STU: Oh, no.
GLENN: The bondage bears, and the picture with the panic-faced children surrounded by empty wine glasses, is what we all kind of saw. And we're like, huh. That's not good.
The picture features a dazed looking boy in a cluttered room. Among all the clutter, there is some disturbing things that have been found. For one, the boy is wearing red shoes. That has symbolized royalty and unstoppable power like the red heels of King Louis the 14th. Now, this is a weird connection to Tony Podesta. In the pedophilia paintings owned by Tony Podesta, children are wearing red shoes. Now, the boy -- to the boy's left is a drawing of a rainbow. To his right, is a drawing of earth, with a crow looking down over it. And on the ground, there is a roll of ticker tape with Balenciaga. Spelled not the normal way. But spelled capital B-A-L -- sorry. B-A-A-L-enciaga. You know, the meaning of that, Stu?
STU: Oh, wow. Yeah. That's the god of --
GLENN: Child sacrifice. Child sacrifice. Pedophilia. Unstoppable sex.
GLENN: Moloch. It is the ancient God in the Bible. Moloch. Or Baal, B-A-A-L. It is a Canaanite god of child sacrifice. Okay?
You'll find in Jeremiah, Jeremiah 19, Baal is identified as Moloch. And the true drawing shows a horned animal that resembles Baal.
So that's also in the picture. Now, this is no accident. For a couple of reasons: The company had to have had this ticker tape designed and printed and put on the floor.
Also, in March at a Paris show for this company, Kim Kardashian wore a full body dress made only of ticker tape with the word Balenciaga on it, but it was spelled correctly. Now, if one of those things would have appeared on their own, it would have been one thing. But putting these things together, and then seeing the things behind it, it becomes very cheer.
Now, so you know, the company has blamed this on the photographer. And we'll get into it in a second. Then they went out and said, well, it's the advertisement. We didn't even see any of these pictures before they went out. Does anyone believe that?
All right. Here's the photographer. He's described as a documentary photographer, whose projects often make expensive portraits of everyday eccentricity. How do you say that?
STU: I heard it in my head. Now that you started talking.
GLENN: I know. I know.
GLENN: Eccentricities. Thank you, Sara. You should be over here, because I'm already in the Hall of Fame, so I don't even try anymore.
STU: Yeah. You don't even care.
GLENN: A press release from the company said, the gift shop campaign iterates on the artist series toy stories, which features a series of photographs from around the world, of children surrounded by their favorite toys.
Hmm. Okay. In a statement, the photographer said, as a photographer, I was only and solely requested to light the given scene, take the shots, according to my signature style. As usual for commercial shooting, the direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed are not in the hands of the photographer.
Now, who is the person responsible for that? Well, that's their creative director, known as Demna. She's from the country Georgia. She's also worked for Louis Vuitton. She is the person that in the 2021 met gala, she --
STU: It's a she or a he?
GLENN: I don't know. I'm not going to identify.
STU: Right. We don't know. It's a fluid situation here.
GLENN: I think it's he. I think it is he.
GLENN: But he designed the gimp outfit that Kim Kardashian wore. Where she was covered all in black rubber. Or whatever the hell it is.
GLENN: Very dramatic. Now, they also collaborate with Adidas. Remember, this is the company, one of the companies that just fired Kanye. But they're tied deeply into the Kardashians.
Now, if you go back to their old photo shoots, there is a pattern here. They just did one, they released a collaboration with Adidas, which they called the spring '23 campaign.
The pieces are the pieces that were on the Spring '23 presentation on their runway, and the collection was shot by a completely different photographer. And that is important because the imagery isn't a coincidence or a decision made by the first photographer. The theme was business office environment. And the setting was a swanky high rise in Manhattan.
In the photo for a $3100 hourglass handbag, there's a printed copy of the 2008 United States vs Williams decision on child pornography laws, and whether promotion of child pornography curtailed First Amendment freedom of speech rights.
So there's the handbag, and there's the Supreme Court ruling. Okay? But I'm sure it's just a coincidence and the photographer's fault. Yeah.
Newsweek says, the extract is part of an analysis with respect to the United States vs Williams presented by the late Justice Antonin Scalia from May 2008, which details the grounds for material to be defined as child pornography.
Okay. In another photo, a man in a terrible outfit stands in this swanky office, with a postcard view of cities behind him. Behind him also is a diploma with the name of John Philip Fisher. This connection isn't as solid, but speculation is, who is John Philip Fisher?
Apparently, he is a pedophile out of Michigan. Okay. In a -- in a -- another advertisement photo, hourglass small croc-embossed top handle bag, a woman props her feet on to a cluttered desk. So much clutter it's hard to tell what's on the paper. But in the background you see a stack of books. One of them is titled Fire from the Sun. It's about an artist, whose work has been linked to pedophilia, cannibalism, and blood rituals. A description posted on Amazon says that his art work features children who are presented alone or in groups, against a studio-like backdrop that negates time and space, while underlining the theatrical atmosphere and artifice that exists throughout his recent work.
Okay. So he is trying to re-create I guess the cherubs of the renaissance. They are just -- they're allegories. They're not really children. And they contrast their innocence with the evils of the world.
Okay. Now, there's another person involved. This one is really interesting. This is the chief designer for the company. Her name is Lata Volcava (phonetic).
Apparently, and I've seen some of it. Now, it's all been made private.
But you know through the wayback machine. The internet is forever, gang. On her Instagram page, she has -- I mean, when I say tons, I mean, a disturbing amount of satanic imagery and violence.
One image shows a woman lying on a pentagram as a satanic figure looms over her. Another shows a woman dead on her side, in a field with her stomach ripped open, and entrails sprawling out on the grass beneath her. Third photo is a vintage-style men's bedroom, but covered in blood and bullets and broken glass. And the fourth image was a child holding up a skull, with a frame and the star sign symbols, from the astro logical chart. So she seems wonderful. Now, she is the chief designer for this company. Also, on her Instagram account, there's an image of her wearing a T-shirt from her favorite band, Cannibal Corpse. And she's inside of a church.
Now, remember the woman laying with her entrails out, in a completely different -- in a completely different picture?
Cannibal corpse, one of their songs, their lyrics, entrails ripped from a virgin's C-word.
Virgin tied to my mattress, legs spread wide, ruptured bowel yanked from her inside, de-virginized with my knife, internal bleeding -- I can't tell you even more of it. It is awful. Awful.
STU: Good God Almighty.
GLENN: Also, an image of a little girl bound and gagged. This is the woman who is, like, the leader of all of the design for this particular -- particular brand.
She also works with Adidas. Which launched a sneaker line designed by her.
Let's see. I mean, it just goes on and on and on. Now, Kim Kardashian said, she's reevaluating her relationship. Now, I think that's all you need to know. Really? How much thought do you need to put into this?
Well, she reached out to the company, and said, oh, darn. That -- oh, that photographer. Oh, we're going to change things here. Really?
Are you? Yes, we are. Okay. Okay.
Somebody else that is involved, would be the -- would be the daughter let's see, the stepdaughter, I think, of Kamala Harris. She's androgynous. Has just the -- well, a lot wouldn't say, the look of a model. But the guy who was really there for Kamala when she was running for president. Gave the max to her campaign. Happens to run this modeling agency. And after Kamala won as vice president, her daughter reaches out and says, hey, I would like to be a model. And guess where they place her?
With this company. This is everywhere. Absolutely everywhere.