Ryan Murphy, Andy Cohen Join Dolce & Gabbana Boycott
Elton John isn't the only celebrity choosing to boycott Dolce & Gabbana after the fashion duo's controversial comments about in vitro fertilization. Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and American Horror Story, and Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, have joined the growing backlash.
In an interview with the The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said of the designers, "It's their prerogative to speak out — and it's my prerogative not to use any of their clothes on my shows. Or buy them for myself either."
Speaking with Italian magazine Panorama last week, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana praised a traditional view of family, and took what seemed to be jabs at medical intervention to conception. "No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed," Dolce said, translated from Italian. Procreation, he said, “must be an act of love. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”
By Sunday, the fashion house had already back-pedaled, and issued the statement: "It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.” Still, days later, the dust has yet to settle as more celebrities, including Victoria Beckham, Ricky martin and Courtney Love, expressed support for the protest.
On Tuesday (March 17), Gabbana took the offensive against Elton John. He told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (via WENN), “I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress ‘considered’, an intelligent person like Elton John," he said. "I mean, you preach understanding, tolerance and then you attack others? Only because someone has a different opinion? Is this a democratic or enlightened way of thinking? This is ignorance, because he ignores the fact that others might have a different opinion and that theirs is as worthy of respect as his… It’s an authoritarian way of seeing the world: agree with me or, if you don’t, I’ll attack you.”
Murphy said D&G's original comments were "such ugly evil" and "not modern," and noted that "there are all kinds of families today." The TV producer has two kids with his husband, David Miller. Both children were conceived via surrogate.
"This is not just a gay issue," Murphy said. "I know 10 women in my life who used IVF to conceive — and three doing it right now. IVF is a scientific miracle that helps loving families fulfill their dreams. To tell them their choices as women — anyone's choices on family — are not embraced, well, I don't think they'll be traipsing off to a Dolce & Gabbana store to buy clothes anytime soon."
Joining the outcry, Andy Cohen publicly auctioned a 2014 black wool Dolce & Gabanna suit from his own collection on Watch What Happens Live on Monday night (March 16).
"As a gay man I've seen my friends given an incredible opportunity to create very real families," he said on air. "There's nothing synthetic about any of the kids that call me Uncle Andy."
The money earned from the auction will go toward the Family Equality Council, an organization "committed to securing family equality for LGBTQ parents, guardians and allies."
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