Using a sticky situation to support a good cause! Many celebrities have lashed out in the wake of the controversial comments about gay adoption and IVF from designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. After Elton John called for fans and friends to boycott the label, many other stars have come forward against the Italian designers.
Bravo host Andy Cohen, who just announced the launch of his own SiriusXM channel, had a special message on the Monday, March 16 episode of Watch What Happens Live! in regards to the comments.
“As a gay man, I’ve seen my friends given an incredible opportunity to create very real families,” Cohen, 46, said. “There’s nothing ‘synthetic’ about any of the kids that call me Uncle Andy. So in the interest of making things a little better, I brought this from my own closet.”
Cohen then pulled out a 2014 black wool Dolce & Gabbana suit, declaring his intention to auction it off and donate all of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council.
“Even though I love this suit, it wouldn’t be fun for me to wear it again,” he said. “But it will be so much fun for me to have you wear it, knowing we were able to support an amazing cause while also screwing Dolce & Gabbana out of at least one sale.”
The suit, which retails for between $1,100 and $2,000, is being auctioned on eBay with a current bid of around $1,500.
Cohen isn’t the only one speaking out against the label. In addition to numerous celebs coming forward in support of Elton John, stars like Ryan Murphy and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also spoke out.
“These designers horrifying views are never in fashion. Their clothes are as ugly as their hate. #BoycottDolceGabbana,” the Glee creator tweeted.
Ferguson seemed interested in trying a tactic similar to Cohen’s, writing, “Help! I'm getting rid of my @dolcegabbana suits but I want to use the opportunity to raise $ for people who can't afford IVF. Any ideas how?”
Despite being openly gay and having previously dated one another, Dolce and Gabbana have been very vocal about their views on adoption and IVF.
“The only family is the traditional one,” the pair said in the now-infamous interview with Panorama magazine. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed. You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
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