D&G call IVF babies 'synthetic;' Elton John calls for boycott
Elton John has vowed never to wear Dolce & Gabbana again after the Italian designers voiced their controversial opinions on children born via IVF in a recent interview with Italy's Panorama magazine.
Sir Elton has two sons, Zachary, four, and Elijah, two, with husband David Furnish, both born to the same surrogate mother.
During the interview Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who were a couple for 23 years before they split up in 2005, spoke about the "traditional family" set up they support, declaring that they oppose "gay adoptions," "chemical offsprings" and a "rented uterus."
"Life has a natural flow," they said. "There are things that should not be changed."
Dolce went on to say that creating children "must be an act of love." "You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog." [sic]
Their comments have infuriated people all over the world and Elton John didn't take long to make his feelings about them public.
He posted a picture of the designer duo on his Instagram page yesterday with the caption: "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"
Photo credit: Elton John/Instagram
The fuss doesn't seem to have bothered Gabbana, who responded with his own Instagram image of a mother embracing her children with the hashtags "#dgmamma" and "#dgfamily."
Photo credit: Stefano Gabbana/Instagram
Gabbana also posted a picture of Elton John on his Instagram page and asked his fans, "Who wants to see him dressed in Dolce & Gabbana?"
Several celebrities have tweeted their support for Elton John and voiced their own concerns about Dolce and Gabbana's comments, even Victoria Beckham, who tends to stay out of social media feuds. She posted: "Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb."
Ricky Martin, whose twin sons were carried by a surrogate mother, wrote: "Your voices are too powerful to be spreading too much hate. Wake up, it's 2015. Love yourself guys."
Entertainer John Barrowman tweeted: "I just read the article. @dolcegabbana sound IGNORANT and STUPID. I agree with @eltonjohndotcom #BoycottDolceGabbana"
And comedian Matt Lucas chipped in, "Just read Dolce and Gabbana's weird, bigoted comments about raising kids. Ugh, those guys are so creepy."
Courtney Love said: "Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces, I want to burn them. I'm just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G"
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell backed the boycott and voiced what so many of us have been thinking, telling The Guardian: "It's quite outrageous that two gay fashion designers who have relied on the gay community for much of their success are opposing gay equality."
Bizarrely in 2006 Gabbana revealed that he had asked a female friend to be a surrogate mother to his children but added, "I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. 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."