Elton John and Ricky Martin Boycott Dolce & Gabbana
LGBT blog the New Civil Rights Movement reports that in an interview with Panorama magazine, Dolce and Gabbana said, "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."
The site reports that Dolce spoke out against in vitro fertilization, claiming that procreation "must be an act of love. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog."
Gabbana allegedly added, "The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging."
Elton John, whose children were conceived via IVF, attacked the duo in an Instagram post, writing, "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'. 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."
Ricky Martin, whose children were born via a surrogate, spoke out on Twitter, reprimanding the designers for misusing their public platform.
Billboard reports that Dolce and Gabanna were previously a couple. In a statement released on Sunday, Gabanna said "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love." Dolce said his previous comments were based on his own childhood family, "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."
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