Dolce & Gabbana Get Blasted by Elton John
As fashion designers they’ve dressed some of the world’s most famous stars, but now Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have become infamous thanks to their views on in vitro fertilisation. The dapper duo have been blasted as “ignorant” and “vile” by not only the public, but rock royalty Sir Elton John, Victoria Beckham and La Vida Loca singer Ricky Martin.
Boycott Dolce & Gabbana
The argument between Sir Elton and Italian style moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana went viral when the Rocket Man lost his temper over a magazine interview in which the fashionistas called children born via IVF “chemical offsprings” from a “rented uterus”. Both designers have since spoken out to clarify their remarks, insisting they did not mean to slur anyone, but Sir Elton, who is father to two sons via IVF, is receiving growing support via social media. His calls to boycott the fashion house have been backed by fellow celebs who used IVF including Ricky Martin who tweeted: “@DolceGabbana your voices are too powerful to be spreading so much hate. Wake up, it’s 2015! Love yourselves guys #BoycottDolceGabbana.” Glee creator Ryan Murphy said: “These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate,” and rocker Courtney Love threatened to burn her Dolce & Gabbana clothes.
Beckham Backs Elton’s Babies
Sir Elton has got some of his closest and most influential mates to publicly back him. Victoria Beckham showed her support to him in a tweet, writing: “Sending love to Elton, Zachary, Elijah and all the beautiful IVF babies,” while Hollywood actress Sharon Stone said: “To spend time raging against a closed mind is to waste oneself, a self that can be better spent loving where that love has been removed. #BoycottDolceandGabbana.” Brit singer Jessie Ware also waded into the beef and called the fashion pair’s comments “disgraceful and extremely disappointing,” while others backing Sir Elton include Doctor Who star John Barrowman and Bridesmaid actor Matt Lucas. A representative for a human rights campaign group called Stonewall told Sky News: “We strongly dispute the comments made by Dolce and Gabbana.”
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
However, despite the backlash Gabbana hasn’t apologised for his controversial remarks and has come out fighting against Sir Elton. Stefano clarified his comments, insisting he and Domenico didn’t intend to offend anyone, and Gabbana has slammed the singer for his boycotting campaign, calling him ignorant for not accepting other points of view. He told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress “considered”, an intelligent person like Elton John. 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.” He added: “It’s an authoritarian way of seeing the world – agree with me or, if you don’t, I’ll attack you.” Elton can’t have been that angry at Dolce and Gabbana, since he was spotted toting one of their shopping bags the day after he began his boycott. A representative for the star at first claimed the image had been digitally altered, but Sir Elton’s camp has since conceded it is genuine. A spokesman for the singer said: “Elton was carrying a white Dolce & Gabbana bag and it had his lunch in. We thought [the images] had been Photoshopped and that’s not correct.”