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Eating For Free

Dec 1, 2022

In our new two part series, we seek to unpack the controversy around Balenciaga, and the malicious fascist forces whipping up a 24/7 moral panic news cycle concerning the brand's latest campaign photos. Who stands to benefit from the outrage, and who might lose everything? 

We also would like to preface that this episode concerns frank and serious discussions about sexual assault, trafficking, and the like. We do not take these discussions lightly, nor do we wish to downplay the legitimacy or importance of these discussions.


  • Balenciaga says it’s sorry for holiday ads depicting children holding teddy bears in bondage gear [Fortune]
  • Balenciaga ‘BDSM teddy bear’ photographer speaks out amid backlash [NY Post]
  • After teddy bear backlash, Balenciaga announces lawsuit for separate ad [Washington Post]
  • Kim Kardashian ‘re-evaluating’ Balenciaga relationship over child images [Washington Post]
  • When High Fashion and QAnon Collide [NYT]
  • Kanye West on Balenciaga campaign scandal: ‘All celebrities are controlled’ [Page Six]


Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood's favorite pastime. The truth, they've found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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