Fashion giants, Dolce and Gabbana may have found themselves in muddy waters following an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama where the designers said some controversial things about children born by homosexual parents..
Domenico Dolce, 56 and Stefano Gabbana, 52 were gay partners for 20 years until they parted ways in 2005, however, they remained business partners in the D&G fashion line with Gabbana describing his friend as ‘my family’ after the break-up.
Dolce, in the interview, stated that children born through IVF are “children of chemistry, synthetic children.”
“You are born and you have a father and a mother. At least it should be like that. That’s why I’m not convinced by what I call chemical children, synthetic babies. They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to these children who their mother is.”
“I am gay, I cannot have a child. I guess you cannot have everything in life. “Life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family,” the Sicilian-born Dolce added.
That interview has since raised so much dust, including calls for the boycott of the D&G brand, especially among the homosexual community. Leading this course is Sir Elton John, who is married to his gay partner David Furnish and has two boys. He took to Instagram to attack the “fashionistas” and has generated a trending hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana since.
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
Many public figures have also joined the move and condemned the stance of the fashion giants, most of which are other homosexuals and top celebrities.
Stefano Gabbana admitted that D&G brand could lose ‘some Elton John fans’ in the wake of the controversy.
He has however launched a vicious attack on Elton John, calling him a ‘fascist’. He has also started a #BoycottEltonJohn tag and posted a ‘Je Suis D&G’ poster to his Instagram page.
It came as Italian senator Roberto Formigoni described Sir Elton as the ‘Taliban’, likening him to the Islamic fanatics who murdered staff at the political magazine Charlie Hebdo in a savage attack on free speech.
“I wasn’t expecting it from a person like Elton John whom I considered – I underline considered – intelligent. You preach understanding, you preach tolerance and then you attack? Just because someone thinks differently to you?”
“Is that supposed to be a democratic way of thinking? Enlightened? He’s ignorant, in the sense that he denies ways of seeing things that may not be his but are just as deserving of respect.”