Calvin Klein apologises amid accusations of ‘queerbaiting’ in new ad

Bella Hadid and Lil Miquela in the new Calvin Klein promo film

Designer clothing brand Calvin Klein has apologized following accusations of ‘queerbaiting’ in a new advert.

The has surrounded an ad by the clothing retailers which features model Bella Hadid kissing female robot, Lil Miquela.

LGBTI rights supporters have criticized Calvin Klein for featuring Hadid, who the company says ‘identifies as heterosexual’, rather than an openly gay model.

This has led to accusations of ‘queerbaiting’ online. The term describes what are essentially marketing gimmicks superficial portrayals of LGBTI culture or relationships which lack any serious nuance.

The clothing retailer issued a statement saying the ad was intended to ‘challenge conventional norms’. However, Calvin Klein also said they ‘understand and acknowledge’ criticisms of the ad.

Lil Miquela, a digital animation of a 19-year-old woman, has become a popular figure on Instagram since beginning life on the social media platform in 2016. This online popularity has led to the virtual influencer gaining modeling work and releasing music.

Hadid is one of the most in-demand models currently working in the fashion industry. The model has famously been in an on-again/off-again relationship rapper TheWeeknd. However, there has been speculation over Hadid’s sexuality in the past.

‘It was certainly not our intention to misrepresent the LGBTQ+ community’

In a statement posted on Twitter, Calvin Klein said they ‘welcome all types of constructive feedback from our community’, while offering their response to the criticisms of the ad.

‘The concept for our latest #MYCALVINS campaign is to promote freedom of expression for a wide range of identities, including a spectrum of gender and sexual identities,’ the statement reads.

‘This specific campaign was created to challenge conventional norms and stereotypes in advertising. In this particular video, we explored the blurred lines between reality and imagination.’

‘We understand and acknowledge how featuring someone who identifies as heterosexual in a same-sex kiss could be perceived as queerbaiting,’ the statement continues.

‘As a company with a longstanding tradition of advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, it was certainly not our intention to misrepresent the LGBTQ+ community. We sincerely regret any offense we caused.’

A number of people had been critical of the clothing company on social media following the release of the ad.

Twitter user @hemsflower wrote: ‘a corporate brand will show lil miquela and bella hadid making out but not an actual gay couple’.

Another Twitter user, @OttavioGM, wrote: ‘”Life is about” what? This is a total queer bait …’


I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins gains attention from queer pop fans

The ad featuring Hadid and Lil Miquela is part of Calvin Klein’s new marketing campaign I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins.

The campaign has already gained attention from many fans of queer pop culture, featuring several LGBTI models and actors.

Another ad released earlier this month featuring openly gay singer Troye Sivan, and trans actress Indya Moore.

The ad includes a host of different celebrities: Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Indya Moore, Bella Hadid, Chika, Noah Centineo, Troye Sivan, Kendall Jenner, Kevin Abstract and Yoo Ah-in.

Alongside the high-profile names, the ad also features two men embracing.

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Troye Sivan, Indya Moore and others feature in new sexy Calvin Klein advert

Troye Sivan, Indya Moore and Shawn Mendes for new Calvin Klein advert

A new Calvin Klein advertisement features LGBTI stars Troye Sivan and Indya Moore.

Dropping last night (8 May), the video is part of the underwear brand’s new I Speak My Truth campaign. Celebrities narrate about their ‘truth’, power and living free, while Billie Eilish’s song Bad Guy plays in the background.

The full list of celebrities include: Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Indya Moore, Bella Hadid, Chika, Noah Centineo, Troye Sivan, Kendall Jenner, Kevin Abstract and Yoo Ah-in.

Alongside the prominent LGBTI celebrities, it also features two men embracing.

Gay singer Troye Sivan took to social media to post the video for the new campaign, with the caption: ‘My truth, my Calvins’.

Calvin Klein advert: ‘I speak my truth’

Transgender actress Indya Moore posted the video on Instagram, with a lengthy caption.

‘I just have to be real,’ she wrote. ‘I won’t wait to be free. Love is my statement.’

She then added: ‘This campaign is not just about making history — it’s about having autonomy over our own experiences & breaking rules & ground to make more space in these jeans for ALL THIS ASS.

‘Alast, a pair jeans that make all of our asses look just as good as the future we want to see.

‘Thank you @mookievibes. For creating a apple bottom peach shaped dent in my life forever & giving me an opportunity to share #mytruth in #myCalvins, and helping to create an opportunity for every.booty/body to as well,’ she wrote.

 

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Singer and LGBTI ally, Shawn Mendes, then posted a series of photos to his Instagram to celebrate the campaign.

 

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Calvin Klein’s ex-boyfriend charged with attacking man with frying pan

Nicholas Gruber shirtless, posing for a selfie for his Instagram account

Calvin Klein’s former lover, Nicholas Gruber, 28, was arrested last week (15 March) for the alleged assault of a man with a frying pan.

A friend of Gruber’s, Brandon Steele, 26 reportedly aided the ex-gay porn star.

Police said the pair attacked an unnamed man following a dispute over money at Steele’s New York City apartment.

The pair have been charged with second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree.

‘A nearly severed ear’

The two men allegedly smacked the victim with a frying pan leaving him with disfiguring injuries, the New York Daily News reported.

Staff at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital treated the victim for several broken bones in his back, according to court papers.

As well as, ‘a nearly severed ear and injuries to the orbital bone that could, potentially, affect vision.’

It’s unknown how Gruber and Steele are connected to the victim, but it’s believed they had dispute over money.

What happened exactly?

The pair scuffled with the 33-year-old victim and wouldn’t allow him to leave Steele’s apartment on East 76th Street off Second Avenue.

The incident took place at around 10pm on 3 September last year.

In the same six-storey building on the Upper East Side, Gruber allegedly lived without a lease.

It’s believed he was occupying an apartment after changing the lock.

Besides the assault charges, police also found Gruber in possession of methamphetamine.

Moreover, there was nearly $3,000 in cash in the apartment.

As a result, police additionally charged Gruber with criminal trespass, drug possession and possession of stolen property.

Police previously arrested the model in 2012 for alleged assault and drug possession.

Gruber is ‘not gay’

Just four months prior to the arrest in 2012, fashion designer Klein, 76, split-up with Gruber.

It’s believed the two dated for two and a half years.

Despite this, Gruber later claimed he’s ‘not gay’ in an interview with New York magazine.

Klein previously had heterosexual relationships, including two marriages to women.

See also

Calvin Klein’s ex-boyfriend’s apology for Fire Island party incident not well received

Calvin Klein ad accused of breaking ‘gay propaganda’ law in Russia

Calvin Klein’s ex-boytoy gets into trouble – again

Author: Josh Milton

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