There appears to be a bit of a kerfuffle between designers Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana and Sir Elton John. In an interview, the duo called children born from in-vitro fertilization “synthetic children,” and the claim started a wildfire response across Twitter, giving birth to the hastag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
In the April 2014 issue of Panorama magazine, both Dolce and Gabbana spoke out against non-traditional families. According to a translation by LGBT News Italia, they said, “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.”
These statements have led to Sir Elton John making a statement of his own, defending his two children (concieved via IVF and carried by surrogates) that he is raising with his husband, David Furnish. He has been followed in this boycott by the likes of Ricky Martin, Al Roker, Victoria Beckham and Martina Navratalova, as well as IVF advocates like Jenn Palumbo.
The designers also have their defenders, saying that they have the right to say what they feel. Those that support Dolce and Gabbana have re-tweeted the tag #boycotteltonjohn over 1,600 times. However, the #BoycottDolceGabbana movement eclipses it with 35,000 re-tweets.
Their support of only “traditional” families is also drawing ire. In a 2006 interview, Steffano Gabbana spoke out against same-sex parents.
Since then, Gabanna has released a statement claiming that his views on family came from his Sicilian upbringing, and that he didn’t mean to sound judgmental.
The statement reads in part, “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…I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”