Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham burn Balenciaga sneakers after BDSM ad

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his wife, Lauren Burnham, are taking a stand against Balenciaga.

The former “Bachelor” stars posted a video where they burned a pair of Balenciaga shoes after the brand featured toddlers holding teddy bears in BDSM gear in a recent ad campaign.

In the clip posted on Instagram, the couple grabbed a pair of white, Balenciaga sock sneakers from their closet before lighting them on fire using a blowtorch.

After the shoes were successfully burned and thrown in the trash, Burnham held up a peace sign while the video panned to the charred remnants.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham burned a pair of their white Balenciaga sneakers.

Instagram/Lauren Burnham

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham burned a pair of their white Balenciaga sneakers.

Instagram/Lauren Burnham

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“Bye Balenciaga,” they wrote atop the dramatic clip, adding, “won’t miss ya” in the caption.

The twosome — who share three children — set the video to “The Campfire Song” by SpongeBob as the finishing touch.

The Bachelor Nation couple’s post followed numerous other celebrities who have taken a stand against the brand over the past week.

On Wednesday, Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Aldean, posted a photo throwing away all of her Balenciaga clothing and accessories.

“It’s trash day,” she captioned the snap of her taking thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes to the curb.

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The former “Bachelor” stars documented the experience on their Instagrams.

Instagram/Lauren Burnham

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Lala Kent also called out the “horrifying” campaign on her Instagram Story, saying she is “proud” that she doesn’t own any Balenciaga items.

The reality star then encouraged her followers to “reject the darkness” and “find the light,” adding that “the well-being of our world and it’s [sic] innocent beings depends on it.”

Despite numerous Hollywood stars denouncing the disturbing images, some notable stars — including Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman — have stayed mum.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham on a boat
The twosome said they won’t miss their designer items.
Instagram/Lauren Burnham

Kim Kardashian, who has a long history with the brand, released a statement on Monday after fans noticed her silence on the matter.

“I have been quiet for the past few days, 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,” Kardashian tweeted.

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The couple shares three children.

Instagram/Lauren Burnham

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“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. 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.”

The brand has since taken down the campaign and sued the creative director behind it.


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