Earlier this week, Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana voiced disapproving opinions on same-sex couple adoption and surrogacy to Italian fashion publication, Panorama. That and the statement, “The only family is the traditional one,” was enough to anger several notable LGBT figures in the entertainment industry, including Elton John and Ricky Martin, who both promptly called for a boycott on the designers. Rocker, Courtney Love and retired tennis player, Martina Navratilova have both also criticized their comments and announced that they were joining the boycott. The latest in a growing list of high profile names, Madonna, has joined in on the call out of Dolce & Gabbana.
Yesterday, she posted an Instagram post with a photo of her holding a baby. Notably said photo was also from a 2009 “sexy housewife” photo shoot for Dolce & Gabbana. In the caption, Madonna voiced her belief that the soul of every baby is valid, regardless of how the baby came into the world. “There is nothing synthetic about a soul,” she said, before rhetorically questioning how anyone can dismiss surrogacy, and indirectly suggesting to Dolce & Gabbana that they need to think before they speak, followed by #livingforlove.
In the past, Madonna has served as a model and public face for Dolce & Gabbana, so some were polarized by her call out. As can be seen on the comments under her Instagram post, some users called her hypocritical, mainly for using a photo from a past photo shoot she did with them. There were others who also suggested that she was just looking for attention. Most of the comments, however, gave her a pat on the back for taking a stand against them. While she did criticize them for their statements, it remains unclear if she has joined John and Martin in boycotting the company, which has been another point of contention with some. Another thing people have noted is the long-standing feud between John and Madonna. His personal stance on her putting in her two cents has yet to surface.
On Sunday, Dolce & Gabbana did issue a statement in an attempt to re-tract their comments. According to Today, they said “We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express our judgment on other people’s choices,” but the ball of controversy had already been ignited. Gabbana himself called the growing backlash “authoritarian in nature” and implied that people were only attacking them because they disagreed with what they had to say on the topic of IVFs and surrogate parenting. They have yet to release any comment on the statement by Madonna, however.
While it remains unclear whether Madonna has joined the boycott or not, her weigh-in on the controversy is generating a fair amount of buzz. The Instagram post Madonna used to call out Dolce & Gabbana, has generated 73,000 likes and nearly 2,500 comments since being uploaded last night. There has already been speculation that many other high-profile names in the entertainment, sports and fashion industries will soon follow suit. Either way, her finger wag at the designers has successfully cued many people into the situation.
By Philip Cunningham
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