Ricky Martin, Courtney Love, and Martina Navratilova are throwing their Dolce & Gabbana outfits in the trash in support of Elton John and his outrage over the fashion pair’s use of the word “synthetic” to describe IVF babies.
John, who has two children with his husband David Furnish, wrote an outraged reaction via Instagram on Sunday, March 15, addressing the Italian fashion pair’s recent interview in which they criticized same-sax families and the use of IVF to create children
Dolce and Gabbana, who are both gay and were previously a couple, spoke about their objections to non-traditional families in the Italian magazine Panorama, labeling children conceived via IVF “chemical offsprings” and “synthetic children.”
“Rocket Man” John responded via Instagram, blasting, “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 fulfil their dream of having children.”
Ricky Martin, who has twin boys born via a surrogate, jumped to John’s support, urging the fashion greats to think about their words. “@dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8. Wake up,Its 2015 Luv urselves guys,” he wrote, before repeating John’s “#boycottdolcegabbana” instruction.
Tennis great Navratilova was even more direct in her response. “My D&G shirts are going in the bin – don’t want ANYONE to wear them,” she blasted via Twitter.
Singer Courtney Love gave a similarly outraged response. “Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces,” she tweeted. “I want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G”
Fellow fashionista Victoria Beckham also expressed solidarity with her long-time pals John and Furnish.
“Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb,” the mom-of-four wrote.
For his part, Stefano Gabbana tried some damage limitation later Sunday, attempting to explain his prior comments in the face of the call for boycott.
“It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” the designer expressed. “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices,” he continued.
“I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father, and children,” he said. “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. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones,” he went on.
“I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
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