Remember when designer John Galliano went on an anti-Semitic tirade at a Parisian cafe? Well, it appears another pair of designers are in hot water after putting their proverbial feet in their mouths.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbano of D&G made some controversial comments supporting traditional marriage in an interview with Panorama magazine. The duo who are gay and were once in a relationship with each other also spoke out against IVF, calling them ‘children of chemistry.’
“The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging,” Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama, translated by The Telegraph. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” he also said. “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”
Dolce chimed in with, “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.”
Naturally, Elton John and his husband David Furnish who have two children via surrogate aren’t amused by these comments. Read John’s rant on Instagram below.
“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.”
He added, “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
The boycott was immediately supported by other celebrities including Martina Navratilova and Courtney Love to name a few. Following John’s Instagram, Steffano Gabbano posted the following as a response using hastags, #dgmamma #dgfamily.
The company officially released a statement no doubt to calm the firestorm.
“We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people’s choices. We believe in freedom and love.”
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