After Elton John called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana following the designers’ statements about children born via IVF — calling them “synthetic” — fashion insiders, including Victoria Beckham, and celebrities from Courtney Love to Ricky Martin expressed their outrage.
The furor began after Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were quoted in the Italian publication “Panorama.” In addition to their remarks about IVF, they claimed that the only family is a traditional one.
Following John’s response, a social media uproar began over the weekend, with major names expressing anger and offering support for John.
“Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies,” Beckham tweeted this morning.
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
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Alejandro Ingelmo said on Instagram Monday afternoon, “The most important value in a family is love whether it’s traditional or non traditional. #boycottdolcegabbana”
On Sunday, Courtney Love also took to Instagram: “I just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana items and want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G”
On Monday morning, the designers were back with a series of Instagram posts.
The latest, as of this posting, says: “I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made of a mother, a father and children. 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,” Dolce said on Gabbana’s instagram. 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 do not understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”