Fashion power-duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana face a massive boycott call led by pop superstar Elton John after Dolce described children born to gay couples “synthetic”. The designers also remarked that same-sex couples should not raise children.
In an interview with Italy’s Panorama Magazine, Dolce and Gabbana were quoted saying, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.” Gabbana also stated that “The family is not a fad. In it is a supernatunal sense of belonging.”
Dolce declared, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Both designers are gay.
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Enraged by the statements, John, who has two sons via IVF with husband partner David Furnish, took to posting a photo in Instagram with the caption “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”
The D&G boycott bandwagon includes artists like Courtney Love, Andy Cohen, Ryan Murphy and Ricky Martin who rallied behind John and pledged ditching their Dolce & Gabbana clothes.
Despite the possibility of hurting the fashion brand’s relationship with Hollywood, Gabbana stood by his credo and called John a fascist. "It's an authoritarian way of looking at things. If you agree with me, fine. If not, I'll hammer you," Gabbana said referring to John’s attack.
Luxury consultant Concetta Lanciaux said she did not think John's boycott demand would have an impact on D&G’s sales. “Consumers understand the humor of Domenico and Stefano, who are known for their wit. In addition, new consumers, even if they do not agree with the statement, like to think we live in a free world where people still can express their feelings and opinions,” she said.