Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana drew the ire of legendary singer Elton John after its chiefs Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana stated their opposition to gay parents adopting children. In response, John and other entertainers are calling for a boycott of the designers’ brand using the #BoycottDolceGabbana hashtag.
The fashion duo were interviewed by Italian magazine Panorama, and the controversial comments were captured there after they were translated.
“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” said Dolce and Gabbana “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
“You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be,” Domenico states. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.
Elton John hit back in an Instagram post featuring the designers with the caption, “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.”
Others have joined John in voicing their disapproval of the comments, such as Ricky Martin, Victoria Beckham, Courtney Love and others by way of the #BoyCottDolceGabbana tag.
Gabbana himself has taken to Instagram and launched a series of tags such as #BoycottEltonJohn and #BoycottFalseNews in a bid to rally his supporters. While the designer has been shown some support, others have slammed Gabbana for adding fuel to the fire.
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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
[h/t BBC News]