In an interview with Panorama, the designers spoke about their beliefs of what a family is, and how they feel, a family must be traditional. “You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be so, why do not convince me the children of chemistry, synthetic children, wombs for rent, seeds selected from a catalog,” Dolce said.
His business partner agreed.
Let’s see who else was wildly offended by that statement. Oh, yeah, Sir Elton John.
The singer took to Instagram to express how appalled he was with the comment. “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. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana”
Ricky Martin also took to social media, saying that the designers’ voices were too powerful for them to spread hate.
And so, a boycott has begun.
Dolce commented on the boycott to E! News stating, “I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions. 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 of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known… But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family.”
What’s ironic is, back in 2006, Gabbana said in an interview that he would like a woman to conceive his child, although, it wouldn’t be through sex. “I want my own child, a biological child, the fruit of my sperm, conceived through artificial insemination because it wouldn’t make sense for me to make love to a woman I don’t love.”
In case you didn’t know, Dolce and Gabbana are gay, and dated until 2005. And while we do think that everyone is entitled to an opinion, we have to agree with Martin here that their voices are too powerful. And, as a members of the LGBT community, they should be supportive of others decisions to have a family, even if it is untraditional.
What do you think of Dolce & Gabbana’s statement?