Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana finally apologize for their hurtful comments


Earlier this year, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce gave an interview to an Italian publication, and they ended up making news because they offended LGBTQ parents and any parent who has gone through IVF, surrogacy, gestational carriers, etc. Gabbana got the ball rolling by claiming: “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.” Then Dolce added: “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.” Offensive. They got a ton of backlash and Elton John called for a D&G boycott. Dolce & Gabbana then made the situation so much worse by refusing to apologize, calling Elton a “fascist” and claiming they were being persecuted because people reacted to their offensive statements.

Skip ahead to today, and finally Domenico Dolce has realized the error of his ways. Gabbana too, to a lesser extent: Vogue has a lengthy article/interview with Dolce & Gabbana in which they apologize and seem to finally understand how their statements were offensive and hurtful. You can read the full piece here. Highlights:

Dolce’s apology: “I am so sorry. It was not my intention to offend anyone. “I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels.”

Dolce believes people should have children in whichever way they choose: “I think everybody chooses for themselves. I don’t know everything about IVF, but I love it when people are happy. It’s like medicine. Science has been put on the table to help people.”

Stefano Gabbana on being gay & Italian (where gay marriage is still banned): “When they ask if I wanted to be a parent, I say yes, of course, why not? But it’s not possible in Italy. I had thought of going to California and having a baby, but I couldn’t bring the baby back to Italy, because you need the mother’s passport. I asked about adoption in Italy. It’s very hard for a straight couple here—imagine if you are gay!”

For Dolce & Gabbana, it is about their Catholicism: Dolce says, “I never use my faith for advertising.” Gabbana, unlike Dolce, does not regularly attend church but, like most Italians, grew up steeped in its culture. “Both our mothers wore medallions of the Virgin in their bras,” he says, “for protection.” And they’re off on a riff. “It’s our tradition,” declares Dolce. “It’s in our blood,” Gabbana adds.

They are actually gay pioneers, says Gabbana: “We made our first interview saying we are gay in 1999. It was a question, can you imagine, so late? We lived together, and we talked about love, not sex or being gay. And it was headline TV news in Italy. But for us, it was normal!”

Dolce understands: “Bah! Who needs an institution to tell us how to love? We shouldn’t become too rigid. We need to understand, accept everyone.”

[From Vogue]

The hardened bitch in me wonders if Dolce & Gabbana were feeling some kind of heat from the boycott that Elton John proposed (and some might have even gone through with) and if their apology stems from economic pressure. But… I have to say, they really didn’t have to do this. I kind of forgot about the controversy and they might have been able to walk away from it without having to apologize. I’m glad they did this though, and I think they really have considered what their original statements meant and how their Catholicism biased their initial views. It’s also sort of a teachable moment for #FirstWorldLGBTQ people, you know? Even famous, gay, Italian fashion designers get it wrong.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, thank goodness they apologized and I can stop my boycott of their clothes! Just kidding, I can’t afford their clothes. But I’m glad they thought about what they said and seemed to have learned something.

  2. MonicaQ says:

    I’m going to be the cynic and say they weren’t selling as much so they needed to drum up some good press. Isn’t it about time the Fall lines of fashion start to hit?

  3. aims says:

    What they said was disgusting. The part that bothered me was they kept going on their tirade. They went down the laundry list of was to conceive and was critical of those methods. It also bothered me that they said the only way to raise a child is to do so by a “Traditional” family. There are so many loving families who have same sex parents and even single parents. So now that they seem to do a 180, I don’t believe their apology is sincere. Who are they or anyone else to decide what a family should look like or what method a child comes into the world?

  4. Narek says:

    Maybe after not being able to adopt they felt baby blocked and angry. I think the apology is sincere and their words mean a lot.

  5. Maya says:

    Are we talking the same Elton John who called for a boycott but was then photographed carrying D & G stuff few days after?

    Good for D & G to apologise even if it wasn’t full hearted.

  6. Robin says:

    So, wait, the gay man says that the only way to have children is the “traditional” way, but if it weren’t for Italian law, it would have been okay for him to have children with a woman who was not his wife, and presumably one with whom he would have used artificial insemination, because as a gay man he would not have wanted to have sex with her? Wouldn’t that have qualified as using a “rented uterus”?

    • Delta Juliet says:

      I thought I was the only one confused by this. Didn’t he directly contradict himself here?????

  7. morc says:

    Dolce&Gabbana has always been trash. They always will be trash. Self loathing tax cheater fuck faces.

  8. Moody Blue says:

    While what they originally said was definitely hurtful, I choose to believe the apology. It sounds thoughtful and acknowledges some of the culture that may have influenced them. Also I felt like maybe a deep seated jealousy of something they wanted but knew would never have.

  9. Andrea S. says:

    I have no issues with what they said. It’s their beliefs & they’re entitled to have them free from judgment. It just goes to show that all this PC bull is so contrived; even gay couples hold “traditional” non-PC opinions. It doesn’t mean other couples CAN’T go about having children the way the choose to, it’s just D&G don’t agree with & believe children should be brought into this world & raised the way nature designed & intended it to be. I personally believe of you need or want science to lend a helping hand in conceiving, go for it, but there’s no denying children raised in 2 parent(there’s no definitive studies yet showing how children raised by non-heterosexual couples fare) households do better in life.

    P.S. Studies & polls have shown the majority of ppl tend to lean their way, despite what they publicly espouse.

    • morc says:

      Please, their opinions are not stifled by pc pressures.

      Also I call bull on your “studies” and “polls”.

    • MissTrial says:

      Andrea, please ” show your work” with your so-called studies and polls . I won’t be able to read them because my eyes are so firmly rolled to the top of my sockets at the sheer ridiculousness of your comment.

      The “PC” nonsense you spout is just that – nonsense. They have a right to say what they want and others have that same right and the will to boycott.

  10. Melain says:

    I get that their remarks were offensive to people who aren’t like minded. and bad for business, but since when are personal opinions right or wrong?

    • Trashaddict says:

      Personal opinions are not right or wrong. One’s level of discretion and politeness in sharing those opinions, especially when in a position of social impact, can be.