You’ll not have forgotten Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s recent statements against gay adoption and IVF treatments, saying the products of such things create synthetic children and the ensuing and justified criticism from everyone, including most prominently Elton John and his husband, who themselves have children through IVF and adoption.
Sir Elton then called for a boycott of the fashion duo’s brand saying, “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
When the fashion brand finally got their act together, they said, “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices.”
Well, that is exactly what they were doing.
And Saldana seems to fall on the side of D&G, strangely saying, “Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why are we making a big deal about it?”
Regarding the boycott and changing her wardrobe choices, she said, “… that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn’t have chosen to be so public about something that’s such a personal thing. I’m certainly not going to stop wearing Dolce, and I’m certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it.”
She tried to qualify her statements (and D&G’s) by saying, “I do think things are lost in translation.”
Well, thanks for that, Zoe.
Here’s the thing: Things didn’t get lost in translation. The designers actually said those words, and while it is their right to those opinions, it isn’t their right to make other people feel bad about their life choices or family makeup.
And that isn’t only when thinking about those in same-sex relationships. There are countless heterosexual couples and even individuals who want to have children who are having trouble or are unable to get pregnant by themselves, and it is a very serious struggle for them. It can do terrible things to people who want desperately to have a baby and are going through these avenues and treatments.
So for her to belittle them by saying it is stupid for her to change her actions based on this incident is insensitive. And for her to go further by saying she thinks it caused some sensitivity is the equivalent of saying “bless your heart” and shows she is entirely out of touch.
Of course, she is entitled to her opinion, but to diminish the struggles of others by not having a problem with what the fashion brand said is just not cool. And to say they all hugged it out as if Elton John wasn’t grossly offended is just ridiculous.
Read more of what Saldana said over at People.