Elton John calls for Dolce & Gabbana boycott
Elton John boycotts Dolce & Gabbana after the designers called IVF babies 'synthetic children'
[Updated 18 March 2015] Stefano Gabbana hits back at Elton John with a post showing a photo of the singer carrying a Dolce & Gabbana paperbag (among other things) on his Instagram.
Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana are under fire over statements they made in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama published last week. In the interview, the Italian designers criticised same-sex marriage and children conceived through artificial insemination.
"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 wombs, semen chosen from a catalogue," said Domenico.
Elton John, who has two sons born to a surrogate with husband David Furnish, wasn't very happy with the comments. The singer took to Instagram to voice out his feelings: "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. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions." Ouch.
He ended with the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana. Meanwhile other celebrities posted their support for Elton on Twitter:
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
The Italian designers responded by saying that they were simply talking about their personal views and that it doesn't mean they don't understand other types of families, reported The Guardian. "We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love," explained Stefano.