Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Aldean, appears to have trashed all of her Balenciaga accessories and clothing amid the brand’s ongoing scandal regarding a recent ad campaign.
Balenciaga recently came under fire when a holiday campaign featuring images of young children holding teddy bears dressed in bondage clothing surfaced online. Additionally, the brand’s Spring 2023 advertising campaign also involved a reference to a child pornography Supreme Court case.
When news of the campaign began to circulate around the internet, Brittany was quick to speak out via Instagram stories. And on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Brittany proved her disdain for Balenciaga when she shared a photo showing herself throwing out what appears to be thousands of dollars of Balenciaga branded clothes, accessories, and shoes.
“It’s trash day @balenciaga,” she captioned her posts.
Jason Aldean showcased his support for his wife in the comments section, writing, “@brittanyaldean 👏👏👏 show em how to “walk the walk” babe!”
Others, including Caleigh Ryan, Shawn Johnson, Brittney Kelley, Kailey Dickerson, Taylor Mills Young, Kasi Rosa, Hannah Billingsley, Madeline Merlo, and more also applauded Brittany Aldean for tossing her Balenciaga goods.
Following the backlash, the photographer who captured the images for the controversial Balenciaga holiday campaign, Gabriele Galimberti, spoke out on Instagram, saying that he was “not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither chose [sic] the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same.”
On November 24, the brand shared responded to the backlash it received, saying “we sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”
“We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign,” the statement continued. ”We take this matter seriously and are taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot. We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form. We stand for children safety and well-being.”
Balenciaga issued a statement via Instagram on Monday, November 28, sharing, “We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intent to include it in our narrative. The two separate ad campaigns in question reflect a series of grievous errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.”
Days later, the brand filed a $25 million lawsuit “against North Six and the Garde-Robe set designer Nicholas Des Jardins, alleging that both took part in ‘inexplicable acts and omissions’ that were ‘malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless,’” according to PEOPLE.
Brittany Aldean isn’t the only member of the country music community that is outraged over the campaign. Raelynn also took to social media to show fans that she will no longer support Balenciaga. The “Baytown” singer shared a video to TikTok crossing the brand’s logo off on a pair of her pink Balenciaga shoes and writing “protect children.”
“Not today Satan. Time to kiss @balenciaga BYE BYE BYE. We will not be silent. I will be auctioning these off and donating all the money to Operation Underground Railroad (a human trafficking organization) ❤️ I will send a care package to whoever the highest bidder is and also sign them if wanted. I’m gonna close it in 24 hours. Size 6. #balenciaga #protectchildren #protectchildrennotpredators #justmad”
Love And Theft’s Eric Gunderson also shared his thoughts on the situation on his Instagram.
“Please get involved in the fight to stop human trafficking and more importantly the fight to end child sex trafficking. It’s real and it makes these sick people a lot of money. I’m so grateful for people like @edclayofficial matt_murphy_official @operationlightshine @landonstarbuck and @robbystarbuck and their efforts to help save the lives of these innocent kids. Please get involved and maybe together we can make a small difference.”
Meanwhile, Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman, who are also Balenciaga ambassadors, have remained silent.