Update: Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce appeared on CNN to address their controversial statement, and clarify their views on IVF and gay couples.
When asked about his views on IVF, Dolce said they were private and personal. “I believe in the traditional family,” he said. “It is impossible to change my culture for something different. It’s me… I respect all the world, all the culture.”
However, when asked about gay couples having children through the process, he did made some amends. “Yeah, I don’t have anything bad, because the beauty of the world is freedom,” he said. “We love gay couples. We are gay. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It’s just an expression of my private point of view.”
They then went on to say that they did not understand the boycott, and thought it was “medieval” to attack people because you don’t agree with their opinions.
However, while they are trying to quell the backlash, more celebs are joining the #BoycottDolceGabanna movement, with Cher, Victoria Beckham and Ricky Martin among the celebs who showed their outrage against the designers’ “synthetic children” comments.
It all started when Dolce & Gabbana made a comment about family.
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, who made their love of mothers known at this year’s Milan Fashion Week, made some controversial comments about same sex families, offending many in the LGBT community.
“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,” the design duo said last week.
One person who found these comments extremely offensive was Elton John, who along with his husband David Furnish, had two sons through the IVF process.
The 67-year-old singer took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Dolce & Gabbana’s comments, and he did not hold back. Along with condemning the designers for calling his children “synthetic,” he went on to call their views “out of step with the times, just like your fashion.” The “Tiny Dancer” singer also prompted his followers to boycott the designers’ clothing.
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
However, the feud did not stop there. Gabbana went on to comment on John’s Instagram post, and called him a “fascist.”
And he also went on to post his own message on Instagram, and today his Instagram page has multiple shots of newspapers speaking out about the feud, and his followers who are commenting #boycotteltonjohn.
This is not the first time Dolce & Gabbana have spoken out about the importance of mothers in a family. In 2010, Gabbana said, “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.”
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Check out the gallery below for more celebs like Victoria Beckham and Ricky Martin who are speaking out against Dolce & Gabbana: