In an exclusive interview with CNN, fashion moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana responded to the boycott led by Elton John against their brand, with Gabbana insisting, “we love gay couples, we love gay adoption.” John called for a boycott following comments the duo made during a recent magazine interview in which they called children born through in vitro fertilization “synthetic.”
“I am not convinced by those I call children of chemicals, synthetic children,” Dolce said in the magazine interview. “Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue … psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”
The comments prompted John, who has two children through the same surrogate mother, to take to his Instagram in order to call for a boycott against the luxury brand. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Courtney Love, and Ricky Martin voiced their support of John and the boycott on Twitter.
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil 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
Gabbana, changing his tune from the earlier magazine interview, told CNN he actually supports IVF. But his business partner said it is all his “private point of view” but that he indeed believes in the “tradition of family.”
“I think today, we don’t need to support or don’t support,” Dolce said. “You think what you think.”
When asked what they would say to John and his supporters, Gabbana said, “The life is long, the life is happy. You don’t need to be angry for nothing.”