Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the designers behind Italian luxury fashion and beauty brand Dolce & Gabbana, don’t think gay couples should be allowed to have children, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Their statement came as an extra shock because both men are gay.
“We oppose gay adoptions,” the pair said in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama. “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, pictured above at right, went on to say, “You are born to a mother and a father â€“ or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”
In response, musician Elton John, himself a long-time Dolce & Gabbana client and father of two with husband David Furnish, took to Instagram where he posted a picture of the designers and called for a boycott of all Dolce & Gabbana products:
“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”, Elton wrote.
This is not a new stance for the designers, who dated each other for many years, but broke up in 2005. In 2010, Stefano made a similarly homophobic, and gender-normative comment when he likened the use of surrogates and the adoption of babies by gay parents to child abuse: “A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”-MYNEWSHUB.CC