This ^^ is a photo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, also known as Dolce & Gabbana, the fashion designing team. They are both gay. And Dolce & Gabbana just gave an interview in which they seemed to come out against gay marriage, gay adoptions and gay couples using surrogates. It’s a gay-on-gay hate crime! So, obviously, the godfather of all things LGBTQ, Elton John, has something to say about it: boycott Dolce & Gabbana for being anti-gay-family.
Elton John, who shares two children with his husband, is fuming mad at Dolce & Gabbana’s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana over comments they made about same-sex parents and babies conceived via artificial insemination. The top designers, who are also gay and were once a couple, had made their remarks to Italian magazine Panorama in an interview published last week.
“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce said. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” John wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers 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. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
“I’m gay, I can not have a child,” Dolce told Panorama. “Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family.” Gabbana added that “the family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging,” according to the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.
If you go and read the E! News link, there’s further background about Dolce & Gabbana’s history of saying stuff about how they don’t believe children should have two gay parents, especially (it seems?) if we’re talking about two gay men, because they respect motherhood too much or something. It’s all sort of convoluted reasoning, like most bigotry against LGBT parents.
Here’s the thing: I can sort of understand why someone old-fashioned, old-world would have an opinion on gay couples becoming parents. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Dolce & Gabbana are jackasses, but I understand how a person could have that mentality. What I don’t understand is the slam against the “synthetic children.” Do people really think that children conceived via IVF or surrogacy are “different” than naturally-conceived children? And what about the heterosexual couples that use IVF or surrogacy? Are those children “synthetic” as well?
Photos courtesy of WENN.