The row between Elton John and Dolce and Gabbana continues to worsen, even after the designers issued a statement hoping to quell the flames. Victoria Beckham, Courtney Love and Ricky Martin are among a growing number of celebrities who have lent their voices of support to Elton John’s boycott D&G campaign.
The controversy was kicked-off by an interview D&G’s Dolce had with the Italian magazine Panorama, where he was quoted as calling children born of IVF “synthetic” and even went as far as to say that they both (Dolce and his former partner, Gabbana) opposed adoption of children by same sex parents.
“…What I call children of chemistry don’t convince me, synthetic children. Wombs for hire, (are a) choice from a catalogue,” said Dolce during the Panorama interview.
“And then you have to explain to this child who is the mother. To procreate ought to be an act of love, today not even psychiatrists are ready to confront the effects of these experiments.”
Sir Elton John responded with outrage, posting on Instagram, “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,” Sir Elton continued.
In 2013 Sir Elton’s and husband David Furnish had their second son, Elijah, the couple’s previous child, Zachary, was two years old at the time. After Elijah was born David had said “…As all parents will know. You find new depths of love, and experience pure joy.”
Dolce has since issued the following statement, “…It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.
“I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional 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. 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. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
Elton John’s social campaigns have since picked up further momentum, with Victoria Beckham Tweeting, “Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb.” Victoria is a long-time friend of both Elton John and his husband, David.
Victoria certainly isn’t the only celebrity to voice their support for the boycottD&G campaign, “Just round up all my Dolce & Gabbana pieces, I want to burn them. I’m just beyond words and emotions. Boycott senseless bigotry! #boycottD&G,” says Courtney Love, also via Twitter.
“Ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8. Wake up, Its 2015 Luv urselves guys #boycottdolcegabbana,” adds Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin.
Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection, entitled “Viva La Mamma” is supposedly created as a celebration of family, featuring a several pregnant models, including Bianca Balti. It remains to be seen how much damage Elton’s John’s campaign will cause to the famous Italian fashion designers bank balances.