Legendary singer Elton John is calling for a boycott against Italian design house Dolce & Gabbana for questionable comments regarding the rights of gays to adopt. The British singer is criticizing Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Instagram for supporting what they term “traditional” families and criticizing advanced fertility methods.
The openly gay John has been a fierce champion for the LGBT community, using his spot in the public eye as a platform to speak out for equality. On Sunday, he took Dolce & Gabbana to task for an interview in which they voiced their criticism of same-sex parents and fertility treatments. John and his husband, David Furnish, are the parents of two children.
John used his Instagram account to voice his displeasure publicly to Dolce & Gabbana. He posted a photo of both designers wearing black veils and captioned it, “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.'” John also called out the designers for their criticism of in-vitro fertilization. Calling Dolce & Gabbana’s opinions “archaic….just like your fashions,” John vowed to never wear the brand again, and added the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
Last week, the website for an Italian magazine, Panorama, had an interview with Dolce in which he expressed his opinion that babies should be born naturally to a mother and a father. The Sicilian continued by saying he is not sure about “chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent.”
Although Dolce and Gabbana were once involved romantically, they are now solely partners in business. They responded to John’s call for a boycott by saying that their intention was not to judge the behavior of others, but simply to voice their opinions on what they felt was right for themselves. In a statement, Dolce & Gabbana said they were staunch believers in the freedom of people to express themselves in whichever way they wish, and although they may think some things are not right for them, they do not judge others for doing them. “We believe in freedom and love,” said Gabbana.
Gabbana also responded to John by posting his own photo on Instagram. The picture of a mother hugging her children was accompanied by the hashtags #dgmamma and #dgfamily. A later post called for fans of Dolce & Gabbana to boycott John for his refusal to respect and tolerate those who have different views than he does, and included the hashtag #boycotteltonjohn.
Other celebrities have joined John’s cause. Singer Courtney Love posted that she wanted to set fire to her collection of Dolce & Gabbana and called for a “boycott [of] senseless bigotry” with the hashtag #boycottD&G.
In another post, singer Ricky Martin shamed Dolce & Gabbana for “spreading so much h8,” and comedian Matt Lucas called Dolce & Gabbana’s comments “weird” and “bigoted.” Lucas added that the designers themselves are “so creepy.” Also supporting John was model Chloe Price, who thanked the singer for his support of babies born through in-vitro fertilization and echoed his call to boycott Dolce & Gabbana.
The president of Arcigay, an Italian campaign organization, also interjected his opinion. Flavio Romani called the comments of Dolce & Gabbana contradictory to the global cause of the rights of gays to adopt. Romani added that “gay people have the right to be considered equal to others, in bringing up a child.”
The theme of family and motherhood played a strong role in recent Dolce & Gabbana fashion shows. Their Milan show was dedicated to motherhood, and featured models carrying babies and walking their children down the runway in feminine frocks, as well as the appearance of Bianca Balti, a very pregnant Italian model, in the show.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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