Sir Elton John, Ricky Martin and NBC anchor Al Roker have called for the boycott of Dolce & Gabbana following the latter’s controversial claims that IVF babies are “synthetic babies.” Sir John, Martin and Roker had since been promoting the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
Sir Elton John: “Dolce & Gabbana Judgmental and Archaic”
Sir John has led the campaign to boycott the high-end fashion brand based on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s claims apparently discriminating babies raised by same-sex couples.
Sir John, who has two children with David Furnish through IVF, was obviously angry with how Dolce and Gabbana referred to IVF babies as “synthetic babies.”
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little finger at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill 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,” Sir John posted on Instagram. He concluded his post with the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
Ricky Martin agreed to the call to boycott brands from the designers, saying Dolce & Gabbana’s voices are too powerful to spread too much hate. “Wake up its 2015,” Martin posted on Instagram.
Al Roker echoed the same opinion and also agreed to the boycott. “In spite of what @dolcegabbana think, my beautiful IVF children are not ‘synthetic children…” Al Roker also said he agrees with Sir John.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
— Al Roker (@alroker) March 15, 2015
Furor over ‘Synthetic Babies’ Comment
In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, Dolce and Gabbana said they oppose gay adoptions and believe the only family is a traditional one. The pair said procreation must be an act of love.
“No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed. 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,” Dolce was quoted as translated by The Telegraph.
“The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging,” Gabbana added.
“We do believe in freedom and love” – Dolce & Gabbana
In a separate report from CBS and the Associated Press, Gabbana had issued a statement in the wake of the controversy. Gabbana clarified it was never their intention to judge other people’s choices and that they believe in freedom and love.
Dolce, on the other hand, explained he was just expressing his views about family based on his experience growing up in a traditional Sicilian family, which he said was “made up 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 in a statement obtained by CBS.
Their controversial comment was made in the context of promoting their recent two collections featuring a traditional family. A recently held fashion show exhibited pregnant models and models with their children promoting women’s winter wear collection. Grandmothers and grandsons, on the other hand, promoted the men’s winter wear collection.