Friday, March 20, 2015

Boycott D&G, Elton Furious Over 'Synthetic Babies' Comment

Sir Elton John has called for a boycott of fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after he said the designers labelled children born through IVF "synthetic".

The songwriter who has two children with his husband David Furnish angrily rebuked the Italian pair for criticising same-sex families and the use of fertility treatment.

Business partners Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are both gay and were formerly a couple, have previously voiced their rejection of same-sex marriage but in an interview with an Italian magazine this weekend extended their objection to include gay families.

In a post to his Instagram account this morning, Sir Elton said: "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'.

"And shame on you for wagging you 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."

In an interview in 2006, Gabbana revealed in an Italian magazine that he had approached a woman to be the mother of his baby but made it clear he struggled with the idea of a gay family.
"I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents," he said.

"A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother."

Former Czech-American tennis star Martina Navratilova, who married her gay partner in December, tweeted in support: "Wow - I had no idea. It will be interesting to see if this ridiculousness hurts them in the bank. BoycottDolceGabbana".

But Sir Elton John - whose two sons Zachary, four, and Elijah, two, were conceived with the help of a surrogate and artificial insemination - appeared to offer an olive branch when he declared his love for the fashion duo in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Speaking on stage at his concert at the Colosseum, Elton included the pair in a list of inspirational people who have changed the world, such as Nelson Mandela and Lady Diana, according to TMZ.

While his praise for the designers was greeted with laughter by the audience, Elton went on to add: 'Listen, the band have been wearing Dolce & Gabbana, I love Dolce & Gabbana clothes.'

But the designers hit back - Stefano Gabbana told an Italian newspaper: 'It's useless, this is just an authoritarian way of seeing things: if you agree with me, good, otherwise I'll attack. And I wrote to him, in the comments on Instagram: fascist.'

Things took a twist when Elton was seen carrying a D&G-branded bag only 24 hours after he entered into a high-profile row with the designers over their criticism of fertility treatments.

Photographers said Sir Elton was seen carrying the Dolce & Gabbana bag on March 16, after being dropped off in his chauffeur-driven SUV.

A spokesman for the singer confirmed: ‘Yes he was carrying the bag but he hadn’t been shopping. And it should not detract from their original message or the boycott.’

Elton's comments on-stage in Las Vegas came after Dolce insisted his views were private, personal beliefs that were based on his sense of a traditional Sicilian family.

In an interview with CNN, Dolce insisted he did not judge people who chose the procedure, and said: 'I believe in the traditional family.

'It is impossible to change my culture for something different. It's me...I respect all the world, all the culture.'

Dolce said he would not be not boycotting the artist and added: 'I love the music of Elton John.'
He said he believed they could end the dispute and added: 'Every people resolve everything by talk...we start to talk, the problem is resolved.

'Every people [has] freedom for choosing what they want. This for me is democracy. I respect you because you choose what you want.

'I respect me because I choose what I want. This just my point of private view.'

- Daily Mail

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