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 Fox News Latino. Their statement came as an extra shock because both men are gay.
“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” the pair said in an interview with Italian magazine, Panorama. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love” and that “you are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be.”
Elton John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, called for a boycott of the fashion label in an enraged post on Instagram.
“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,” he wrote on Sunday.
Ricky Martin has added his voice to the growing celebrities supporting John in his outrage over the fashion pair’s use of the word “synthetic” to describe in vitro fertilization (IVF) babies.
The Puerto Rican singer, who has twin boys born via surrogate, urged the fashion greats to think about their words, using the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
“@Dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerful 2B spreading so much h8. Wake up. Its 2015 luv urselves guys,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
This is not a new stance for the designers, who dated each other for many years, but broke up in 2005.
In 2013, when asked if they’d ever consider getting married, the Telegraph wrote: “‘What?! Never!’ they answer in chorus, ‘I don’t believe in gay marriage.’ Dolce laughs.”