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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Posted by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

 

March 16, 2015 1:27 PM ET

Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce, seen here during the recent Milan Fashion Week, are being criticized for remarks about same-sex families, sparking a boycott led by musician Elton John. Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce, seen here during the recent Milan Fashion Week, are being criticized for remarks about same-sex families, sparking a boycott led by musician Elton John.

Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce, seen here during the recent Milan Fashion Week, are being criticized for remarks about same-sex families, sparking a boycott led by musician Elton John.

Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA/Landov

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a very public argument with musician Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples should not raise children.

After John called for a boycott of the designers' clothes, Gabbana defended his right to air an opinion and urged people to shun the singer, responding to John's Instagram post by commenting, "Fascist!!"

The dueling boycotts were sparked by controversial comments Dolce and Gabbana made in an interview with Italy's Panorama magazine. In it, they said (translations via Britain's The Telegraph):

  • "We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one."
  • "You are born to a mother and a father - or at least that's how it should be," Dolce said. "I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog."
  • Gabbana: "The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging."

Both Dolce and Gabbana are gay; for decades, the business partners were also a couple. And as the BBC reports, they "have rejected same-sex marriage in the past."

John and his longtime partner David Furnish married in December; they are raising two children who were conceived through IVF.

Declaring a boycott of the Italians' products Sunday, John left no doubt about where he stands.

"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic,' " he wrote on an Instagram post featuring a photo of the designers. Calling IVF a "miracle" that has helped many couples have children, John concluded, "Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again."

Celebrities and many of John's fans quickly took up the call, prompting Gabbana to respond with more than a dozen of his own Instagram posts in which he defended his company and his right to speak - and repeated calls to #BoycottEltonJohn.

Gabbana tells Italy's Corriere Della Sera that he's not serious about the call for a boycott. Saying that the comments about parenthood were taken out of context, he also says he's still unhappy with the singer's reaction: "It's an authoritarian way of looking at things. If you agree with me, fine. If not, I'll hammer you."

Responding to the uproar more directly Monday, Gabbana issued a statement via Instagram saying, "We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices."

He added, "We do believe in freedom and love."

In another statement, Dolce wrote, "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 that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I've known." He continued, "But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration."

Monday morning, the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana topped the trending list on Twitter in the U.S.; the same hashtag quickly worked its way up the list of other "boycott" tags on Instagram. When we checked its popularity, it was between the campaigns #boycottclippers and #boycottisraelapartheid.

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nellyoleson
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:39 PM
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I love the D&G backtracking.  Hilarious. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Well...

shrugging

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:43 PM
Wait, what? They're gay but complaining about gay marriage? And they do know that couples other than SS couples do IVF and adopt? Oye.
Lunarprancer
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:43 PM

 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

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM
Sorry. Dude has a right to his personal opinion. I don't hate gay people, I'm not against gay marriage, but I don't believe homosexuality is natural either. Are some people born that way? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean its natural. It's certainly normal, but not natural. Just like some people can't naturally have children. IVF and other fertility treatments may help them and for the families it does help that's OK and wonderful. But at the same time, maybe there is a reason they couldn't naturally have kids. The weak were not meant to survive. I just don't understand the hoopla. The designer can feel however he wants about the subject.
Lunarprancer
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:46 PM
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 True, but, it's ironic.

Quoting Anonymous 3: Sorry. Dude has a right to his personal opinion. I don't hate gay people, I'm not against gay marriage, but I don't believe homosexuality is natural either. Are some people born that way? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean its natural. It's certainly normal, but not natural. Just like some people can't naturally have children. IVF and other fertility treatments may help them and for the families it does help that's OK and wonderful. But at the same time, maybe there is a reason they couldn't naturally have kids. The weak were not meant to survive. I just don't understand the hoopla. The designer can feel however he wants about the subject.

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM
It really is, and I do think he could have certainly said it in a different way. More diplomatic if you will. He was quite crass.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

 True, but, it's ironic.


Quoting Anonymous 3: Sorry. Dude has a right to his personal opinion. I don't hate gay people, I'm not against gay marriage, but I don't believe homosexuality is natural either. Are some people born that way? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean its natural. It's certainly normal, but not natural. Just like some people can't naturally have children. IVF and other fertility treatments may help them and for the families it does help that's OK and wonderful. But at the same time, maybe there is a reason they couldn't naturally have kids. The weak were not meant to survive. I just don't understand the hoopla. The designer can feel however he wants about the subject.

 

SlytherinQueen
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:52 PM
Not a smart move on D&G's part at all
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:58 PM
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People are allowed to have their own beliefs and opinions. Do I share them? Nope! I have a "synthetic" baby of my own. People will learn they must lie about their beliefs and opinions to avoid the politically correct army that will in turn demand that THEIR beliefs and opinions must be respected and allowed. So much hypocrisy! Before long all we will have and be allowed to have is a politically correct view and not our own opinions. I much prefer those that are honest and true to their beliefs/opinions than bullshit PC crap that is not genuine.
Lunarprancer
by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 3:23 PM

 Ricky Martin         @ricky_martin

.@dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8 http://bit.ly/1CiY63B  Wake up,Its 2015 Luv urselves guys

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