Max George and Maisie Smith have suffered backlash over ‘inappropriate’ Instagram snaps they posted while staying at the Lee Marston Hotel and Spa in Warwickshire.

The couple shared pictures of a rose-filled room on Valentine’s Day including the lavish gifts Max, 34, had bought Maisie, 21, such as Louboutin heels and a teddy. 

But some fans were not very impressed after spotting a Balenciaga gift bag placed on their bed, amid the current controversy surrounding the brand. 

The fashion house recently sparked outrage among consumers over its use of children in a campaign for BDSM-styled bags and its inclusion of a legal ruling on child porn in the background of another image.  

‘Who’s still buying Balenciaga after all what’s come out,’ questioned one follower on Maisie’s post. 

'A lot of famous people supporting the wronguns of the world': Maisie Smith, 21, and Max George, 34, have suffered backlash over 'inappropriate' Valentine's Day snaps

‘A lot of famous people supporting the wronguns of the world’: Maisie Smith, 21, and Max George, 34, have suffered backlash over ‘inappropriate’ Valentine’s Day snaps   

 Not happy: Some fans were not very impressed after spotting a Balenciaga gift bag placed on their bed, amid the current controversy surrounding the brand

Another echoed: ‘Balenciaga really?? What chance do we have if people with your two platforms are sharing this!’

‘Wow you really still buy and wear Balenciaga??’ added another to the wave of comments.

Last week, Balenciaga’s creative director Demna broke his silence to call the child pornography legal documents found on his set an ‘unfortunate coincidence’.

Two scandals erupted in December – first was the shoot involving young kids clutching bondage-themed teddy bear bags on sets that resembled booze-fuelled parties.

Soon afterwards, documents related to a Supreme Court child pornography case were identified in the background of a separate photoshoot, conducted months before the bears shoot.

Coupled together, they created a PR disaster for the brand, which is owned by European fashion behemoth Kering. Neither Balenciaga nor Demna has ever been able to explain how the documents ended up on the photoshoot.

‘I was shocked when I heard about their presence… it was a set of negligent and unfortunate but not intentional coincidences,’ Demna told Vogue.

‘At first, we were told the documents were confirmed to be fake… when the scandal was sparked [by the documents and props], I was like, everybody, my team, was shocked.

Upsetting: Two scandals erupted in December - first was the Balenciaga shoot involving young kids clutching bondage-themed teddy bear bags on sets that resembled booze-fuelled parties

Upsetting: Two scandals erupted in December – first was the Balenciaga shoot involving young kids clutching bondage-themed teddy bear bags on sets that resembled booze-fuelled parties

Shocking: Soon afterwards, documents related to a Supreme Court child pornography case were identified in the background of a separate photoshoot, conducted months before the bears shoot.

Shocking: Soon afterwards, documents related to a Supreme Court child pornography case were identified in the background of a separate photoshoot, conducted months before the bears shoot.

Speaking out: Balenciaga creative director Demna maintains he has no idea how child porn documents ended up on one of his fashion shoots

Speaking out: Balenciaga creative director Demna maintains he has no idea how child porn documents ended up on one of his fashion shoots 

Controversial: This is the July ad campaign which featured the printout of the SCOTUS child porn ruling

Controversial: This is the July ad campaign which featured the printout of the SCOTUS child porn ruling 

‘I don’t know how they ended up there. They were not supposed to be there. I was completely stunned,’ he said.

When the scandal exploded, he and Kering tried to blame the props on North Six, the production company that was hired for the shoot.

Kering even planned to launch a lawsuit against the company, which was dropped amid industry uproar.

In his Vogue interview, Demna said the BDSM bears shoot was his fault, and that the animals were meant to portray ‘punk’ and ‘DIY’ – not sex.

‘I didn’t realize how inappropriate it would be to put these objects [in the image] and still have the kid in the middle.

‘It unfortunately was the wrong idea and a bad decision from me.

Why? Actress Anna Lynne McCord protesting outside the Balenciaga store on Rodeo Drive

Why? Actress Anna Lynne McCord protesting outside the Balenciaga store on Rodeo Drive 

All over? Some consumers boycotted the brand, burning their expensive goods in protest

All over? Some consumers boycotted the brand, burning their expensive goods in protest 

‘We should not have featured kids in images that included objects that were not related and inappropriate to them. No one, myself included, raised a question of it being inappropriate.

‘There were control processes in place, people involved—internal and external—but we just did not spot what was problematic,’ he said, adding of the bags themselves: ‘Kidswear was a part of the selection for the “gift shop,” as well as the plush teddy bear bags, referencing punk and DIY culture, absolutely not BDSM, and they were worn by adults in the October 2022 show.’

He said he simply ‘didn’t see a problem’ with the bears photoshoot which included empty wine and champagne glasses along with other items.

‘I realized that I really have to look at everything from a very objective point of view and imagine how it can speak to a different audience and be responsible for that. It was a reaction I would never, ever want to cause.

Nothing to say: Maisie and Max have not yet responded to the furore

Nothing to say: Maisie and Max have not yet responded to the furore 

Lady in red: Maisie also shared a picture of a  pair of bright red heels for the occasion to match the rest of the room

Lady in red: Maisie also shared a picture of a  pair of bright red heels for the occasion to match the rest of the room

‘I realize that my work has been seen as provocative, but this specific situation would never be part of my, you know, provocative nature.

‘That was the most difficult thing for me personally: How could I not see [the problem]?

‘Because it is so clear to me now that it was the wrong thing to do,’ he said.

Later, he said he ‘no longer felt’ like being provocative because he is often ‘misunderstood’, and insisted again: ‘Never, ever would I have an idea to mess around with such an awful and horrible thing as child abuse.’

Demna – who boosted the brand’s popularity and was a darling among celebrities – was allowed to keep his position.

He will now lead the fashion house at a show at Paris Fashion Week in March.

Opinionated: Many followers took to the comment section to share their distaste at Max's choice of gift - amid the current controversy surrounding Balenciaga

Opinionated: Many followers took to the comment section to share their distaste at Max’s choice of gift – amid the current controversy surrounding Balenciaga

The brand announced it was partnering with the National Children’s Alliance earlier this month, in an effort to learn more about how they can ‘protect children’.

In return, Balenciaga will give an endowment to the charity to fund training for youth counsellors. Max and Maisie have not responded to the furore. 

In further snaps, Max lay with his arm around Maisie as she she cuddled into him, before he planted a kiss on her head.

Sharing an insight into their Valentine’s celebrations, the pair appear to have got a hotel room, decorating the bed with an abundance of rose petals.

Enjoying a sweet treat, the pair tucked into ice cream and strawberries waiting for them too as they prepared for a relaxing night.

Max wrote: ‘A day I’ll never forget… Happy Valentines Day my beautiful girl. I love you ❤️,’ 

Maisie commented that she was a ‘lucky, lucky girl’, dubbing her boyfriend ‘Mr Lover Man’ on her own account.

THE BALENCIAGA SCANDAL: BONDAGE BEARS, CHILD PORN DOCS AND AN ARTIST KNOWN FOR DEPICTING NAKED KIDS

The Bondage Bears Christmas campaign 

The scandal erupted when Balenciaga released its 2022 Holiday ad campaign that featured children posing with its Plush Toy Bag. The bags look like teddy bears and are dressed in BDSM gear. 

In the photo shoot, the kids also appeared surrounded by empty wine and champagne glasses. 

The distinctly adult themes immediately troubled many who asked why children had ever been used. 

Balenciaga ignored the scandal at first and seemingly allowed the photographer who was involved, Gabriele Galimberti, to take the heat. 

He released a statement saying he had no control over the content of the shoot and eventually, Balenciaga released its own statement agreeing with him and taking responsibility for the campaign. 

It has now been pulled from the internet. 

The hidden child porn documents 

After the BDSM bears fiasco, eagle-eyed critics started examining the rest of Balenciaga’s campaigns closely. 

They soon discovered that in the background of an image from the Spring ’23 campaign was a printout of a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not internet child porn can be legally considered free speech. 

On the back of the bears scandal, many critics said it pointed to a troubling pattern within Balenciaga. 

Balenciaga was quick to blame North Six, a production company that helped arrange the shoot, for the inclusion of those documents. 

They claimed that they entrusted all of the props from the photoshoot to North Six, and that their team was assured everything that was included was fake. 

The troubling book of artist whose work depicts naked, castrated toddlers 

Balenciaga is yet to answer for the inclusion of a book by Michael Borremans in the background of two of the images from the Spring ’23 campaign. 

Borremans is a Belgian painter whose work includes a troubling 2017 series called Fire From The Sun. 

It depicts naked toddlers – some of them castrated – playing in a group and at times alone. 

Lawyers for the brand are yet to address DailyMail.com’s questions about how the book ended up on the photoshoot.  

In this image from Balenciaga's scrapped Spring '23 campaign, Isabelle Huppert sits in front of a stack of books including one that celebrates Michael Borremans, a Belgian painter whose work is known to include depictions of castrated toddlers

In this image from Balenciaga’s scrapped Spring ’23 campaign, Isabelle Huppert sits in front of a stack of books including one that celebrates Michael Borremans, a Belgian painter whose work is known to include depictions of castrated toddlers

Borremans' other work includes his 2017 series Fire From The Sun, which features castrated toddlers and babies holding what look like severed limbs, while playing together nude in a large group

Borremans’ other work includes his 2017 series Fire From The Sun, which features castrated toddlers and babies holding what look like severed limbs, while playing together nude in a large group



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