Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, the founders of Dolce & Gabbana, made poorly worded comments about same-sex families recently. It seems the designers can not get enough bad press considering they were embroiled in a tax-evasion case in Italy and blasted Victoria Beckham by calling her line equivalent to H&M.
In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, the 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 & Gabbana did not stop there. The pair pummeled through with their comments to make their opinion on same-sex families really known, “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Mr. Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
The irony is, in 2006, Mr. Gabbana expressed an interest in harbouring a child through surrogacy, a year after his split with Mr. Dolce. He had asked a female friend to be a surrogate mother for his child.
The designer told an Italian newspaper: “I want my own child, a biological child conceived through artificial insemination.”
He said he had asked his friend, who was 12 years younger, to help and said she “thought it was a great idea”.
Sir Elton John blasted Dolce & Gabbana on Instagram launching a campaign titled, “#boycottdolceandgabbana.
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
The spat blew up when Mr. Gabbana, in an apparent response to Sir Elton’s criticism, posted a picture on Instagram of a child with its arms wrapped around its mother with the hashtags #dgmamma #dgfamily.
When a friend suggested that Sir Elton needed to “calm down”, the designer agreed and accused him of being intolerant.
“It is simply arrogant not to tolerate those who think like him! Poor thing!” he wrote.
He added: “We live in a democratic country and respect the ideas of others.”
We find Mr. Gabbanas response terribly hilarious. It is the old mantra, “you have to be tolerant of our intolerance”.