Elton John And More Stars Boycotting Dolce & Gabbana After “Synthetic Children” Comment About Gay Adoption
Elton John is boycotting Dolce & Gabanna after the designers made anti-gay adoption comments in a recent interview.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are both gay, have made homophobic parenting remarks in the past, but it was new comments in the Italian magazine Panorama that just earned John’s ire. Together they are quoted as telling the publication, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus. Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Dolce is further quoted as sayng, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.” It was the “synthetic” comment that most angered John, a father of two with husband David Furnish. He took to Instagram on Sunday to blast the designers, writing, “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.”
John continued, “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.” Openly-gay tennis star Martina Navratilova tweeted her support for John’s post, writing, “Right on Elton and David. My D&G shirts are going in the bin – don’t want ANYONE to wear them.”
Ricky Martin, who is dad to twins, has also joined the boycott. “.@dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8,” wrote the singer. “Wake up. It’s 2015. Luv urselves guys #boycottdolcegabbana.” What do you think of the situation?
UPDATE: In a statement released Sunday afternoon in the wake of the backlash, Dolce & Gabbana say, “We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgment on other people’s choices. We believe in freedom and love.”