Recently in an interview with Italian Magazine Panorama, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of internationally recognised haute-couture fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana shared their views on IVF and traditional families.
Dolce said in the interview:
“You are born and you have a father and a mother.
Or at least it should be like this, that’s why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent.”
Singer Elton John who had famously endorsed this brand in the past said that he is going to boycott the brand due to their disapproval of gay partners raising children.
In an Instagram statement on Elton John’s page he said:
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF… Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce & Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
The #BoycottDolceGabbana tag on Instagram has already over 4000 tags.
“I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children,” he said in a statement that supported his view.
“This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones.
I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
Earlier this year, Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion show in Milan was themed around motherhood with models sporting florals whilst carrying babies and holding children’s hands.
Although Dolce said that it was his personal views and that he wouldn’t have children through IVF, it is a bit suspicious that he did not think of the backlash before he proclaimed his beliefs.
It is true, we are all entitled to our opinions, but when they are rudely presented in an interview with a magazine, it just does not seem smart to go wielding the “this is what I think” card, especially when your name is your brand.
Dolce & Gabbana fired back at Elton John saying:
“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 judgement on other people’s choices.
We believe in freedom and love.”
Freedom and love is a misconception in this whole tirade. Elton John is rightfully justified to have gone bat sh*t crazy at the global brand.
Dolce & Gabbana can cover it up, but the true outrage lays within a section of society not being able to accept that gender should not play a role in parenting.