Balenciaga recently came under fire for a controversial ad campaign that featured children wearing slave-style clothing holding plush toys.
In another ad, eagle-eyed social media users spotted a document under a Balenciaga bag that alludes to a child pornography lawsuit.
Balenciaga has since issued a series of apologies, canceled two ad campaigns, and filed a $25 million lawsuit against the producer and producer.
As the backlash against the luxury brand continues, two Australian tradies, Lachlan Kavanagh and Dale Farmilo, decided to hit back at the company.
“How do you feel about working in such a company? openly supports child abuse? How do you feel about that?” In the video, Mr Kavanagh asks two employees as he walks up to the counter.
Staff appeared to be caught off guard by the question, with one staff member saying he had no comment before continuing his work.
“No views on child abuse?” – asked the craftsman.
“If it was my child, it would be so horrible.”
Mr. Farmilo then speaks from behind the camera, claiming the situation is “self-evident.”
“I know if I worked for a company that openly supported this stuff, I’d be looking for a new job, guys.”
The couple then turned their attention to customers in the store, with Mr Farmilo asking one man if he knew if Balenciaga was “involved in child exploitation”.
“Not before,” the man replies.
The word “liar” appears in the video, after which the tradie replies, “Well, they are. I would not shop here.”
The footage then leads the two men into a confrontation with another customer who is filming.
“You think it’s good, huh? You think it’s good?” asked Mr. Farmilo.
“Is it okay for this company to support child abuse?”
Mr Kavanagh then calls all the customers “cowards”.
“Look at them. Not everyone can walk away and answer questions while we’re talking to them. “You should all be ashamed of yourselves,” he said.
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Before the customer turned to him and said, “That’s very Christian of you,” Mr Farmilo said it was a “jerk”.
“That’s right, yes. Exposing the works of darkness is a Christian spouse. “We will judge the righteous, that’s all, we will judge the righteous,” he says.
“I’m Catholic and I love it,” the client replies.
“Do you love? You are not Catholic, you do not support God’s words. You must repent and return to him, – answers Mr. Farmilo.
The couple then uploaded a video to their social media page, captioning it: “@balenciaga staff should be notified if they don’t leave. [sic] Stop supporting jobs and child abuse they will be a one way trip to hell. We cannot allow violence against children to become normalized.”
While the staff were supported by followers who encouraged their “fantastic work”, others questioned why they were targeting retail workers.
“Wow, that’s so weird…do you know it’s stalking?” one person commented.
“These retail workers … people who are just trying to get by — what do you expect them to do, quit? You’re going to pay their bills?”
Others said it was “disgusting behaviour” and “unnecessary”, while another said: “This is disgraceful, take it down”.
Chloe Lattanzi, the musician and daughter of Olivia Newton-John, warned men at the time not to “change minds through aggression and religious depression”.
The footage was also shared on TikTok, where many commenters questioned why the men were attacking the workers.
“Your brother [sic] collecting some workers. Cool man. They have to make a living. Back off guys. “Follow the king, not the pawn,” said one man.
“Oh, there are people in retail workers are the biggest bullies. They get paid the minimum wage and probably have bills to pay – it’s not them,” said another.
One added: “Aussie bogans act like Aussie bogans.”
The rest of Mr Kavanagh’s Instagram page is filled with images of him speaking on the podcast. get five8.
In some of the videos, he complains about “fat, chubby kids”, being forced on a “woke diet of crap” by Netflix, and companies like Virgin trying to “p**si” men to make it easier to control us. ” by allowing male employees to wear skirts.
Mr. Farmilo’s Instagram page features a series of anti-vaccination posts, including images of anti-vax and anti-lockdown rallies.
He also shared an image of the face masks, which are “a visual aid to incite fear and anxiety.”
After seeing some of the less-than-supportive comments Balenciaga’s video received, Mr. Farmilo decided to make a video in response to those who called him out.
“I’ve had a lot of people go to my profile and ask why I’m going to Balenciaga and why I’m confronting the staff,” she said.
“That’s a very sharp question. It answers itself. If you don’t know why, I would go to Balenciaga and ask the staff why they work there and if they’re aware of what’s going on, that’s on you.
“You’re the idiot, not me.”
He then claimed that all the people involved in the protests were “anonymous” posters who “don’t even have profiles”.
“They can’t express themselves because they’re cowards and they just share memes,” Treydy said.
“You’re in a real situation, aren’t you?” think of these people do you actually want to put a face to what they have to say? No, they don’t. Because they are cowardly, weak, clever.
Mr. Farmilo then decided to give reviewers “a little advice.”
“Put your hand away [sic] d**k, get out of your mom’s basement, get yourself a job, get yourself a license, meet a bunch of couples who look like you or have the same values and go out and do something in real life, create something,” he said.
“Stand up for what you believe in, don’t sit behind your computer criticizing other people.”