Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are in the spotlight for their comments on what constitutes a traditional family. In an interview with Italy's Panorama magazine, the fashion designer duo 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."
Dolce and Gabbana, a gay couple themselves till 2005, have now sparked a controversy amidst fans, celebrities and social media circles with their comments.
"You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be," said Dolce, in the interview as documented by Washington Post. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog."
Many celebrities responded with disdain, including Ricky Martin, Victoria Beckham and Elton John.
John posted a picture of a younger Dolce and Gabbana on instagram with the caption: "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."
Since then the hash-tag #BoycottDolceGabbana has been trending on twitter. Here are some of the responses:
— Sebastian Castro (@Seb_Castro) March 16, 2015
— Charlie Isaacs (@charlieisaacs) March 16, 2015
So according to Dolce&Gabbana I'm a synthetic human, ironic for a company who charges $1,500 for a nylon jacket. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Noah Peterson (@Noahp90X) March 15, 2015
— Jessica (@spoiltface) March 15, 2015
It probably wasn't a good idea to offend the gay community. I don't see many straight men running around in D&G. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Stuart McAllister (@Stu_McAllister) March 15, 2015
#BoycottDolceGabbana has to be the most privileged of protests there has ever been.
— Stuart Gibson (@stuartgibson) March 16, 2015
I've decided to #BoycottDolceGabbana because I can't afford anything of theirs anyway.
— Danny Hayes (@thedannyhayes) March 16, 2015
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
Now I don't feel so awful about the time I sharted my Dolce and Gabana underpants so bad I had to burn them. #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Amy JB Smith (@AmyJBSmith) March 16, 2015
Updated Date: Mar 16, 2015 18:51:47 IST