Elton John Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana Over Gay-Family Comments
Elton John is boycotting the famous fashion label Dolce & Gabbana after the designers made some controversial comments in a magazine.
The Telegraph reports that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama that they don't support the use of in vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers to creating families for gay couples. "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."
"You are born to a mother and a father -- or at least that’s how it should be," Dolce added. "I call children of chemistry synthetic children."
John and husband David Furnish have two children who were conceived via in vitro fertilization. John took to Instagram to lodge his complaints against the designers, who are gay and were once a couple. "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 fulfill their dream of having children."
John concluded his lengthy post by declaring, "Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again."
Dolce and Gabbana, who don't support gay marriage either, fired back with separate statements. "I'm Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children," said Dolce. "I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I've known. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. 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."
His creative partner echoed that opinion. "We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it," Gabbana said. "We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."
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