Update, 3/17/1:45p.m.: Stefano Gabbana, one half of Dolce & Gabbana, has reacted angrily to the boycott urged by Elton John over the designer’s comments that IVF babies are “synethetic children.” US Weekly quoted Gabbana making the following scathing remarks to the newspaper Corriere della Sera, which accuse John of “ignorance” and a lack of tolerance towards his own intolerant remarks:
“I didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress ‘considered,’ an intelligent person like Elton John. I mean, you preach understanding, tolerance and then you attack others? Only because someone has a different opinion? Is this a democratic or enlightened way of thinking? This is ignorance, because he ignores the fact that others might have a different opinion and that theirs is as worthy of respect as his. It’s an authoritarian way of seeing the world: agree with me or, if you don’t, I’ll attack you. “I even posted the word ‘Fascist!’ on his Instagram.”
Original post, 3/16/15: Sir Elton John has taken the lead on a boycott of Dolce & Gabanna after strikingly obsolete and homophobic remarks by the brand’s lead designers. In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine (via Telegraph UK), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna said, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.” These comments are especially odd from two men in the fashion industry who themselves dated for 23 years.
Dolce and Gabanna went on to criticize IVF, saying that “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.” Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love… You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.” (They have previously spoken out against same-sex marriage as well.)
Who better to speak out against these [aggressive and oddly political comments from two fashion designers] than Sir Elton? The pop star has two children with husband David Furnish and responded to the interview via Instagram:
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF — a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”
He went on to curse the designers, “I shall never wear Dolce & Gabanna ever again”.
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana
A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) onMar 14, 2015 at 10:29pm PDT
Sir Elton’s celeb friends like Victoria Beckham and Courtney Love have heeded the #BoycottDolceGabanna call. Ricky Martin, who has twin boys via surrogate, called on Dolce and Gabanna to stop spreading hate and “love themselves”.
Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces, I want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 15, 2015
Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) March 16, 2015
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
Gabanna has cited his “traditional” Sicilian upbringing as the reason behind his beliefs. He apologized in a statement on Sunday, via US Weekly:
“It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love. We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
At least he’s attempting an apology, but D&G has definitely lost one loyal customer in Elton John.
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