The design duo behind the luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has come under fire for statements they made yesterday regarding In Vitro Fertilization. The comments sparked worldwide outrage, including backlash from several famous celebrities, and has prompted a boycott of the D&G fashion house.
It started with this statement from an Italian magazine Panorama.
We oppose gay adoptions,” they say.
The only family is the traditional one.”
They also criticize IVF and surrogate parents: “No chemical offspring 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,
Dolce says. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue.”
It wasn’t long for the statements to make its way around the internet and the offensive comment got more publicity with this Instagram from Elton John.
Here is where things get a little crazy….
In response to the mounting social media backlash, designer Stefano Gabbana had an Instagram freakout that was deemed as childish by many. The designer began taking screenshots of the negative comments he was receiving and posting them on his Instagram page. The designer’s temper-tantrum seemed to only fuel the fire as more and more attention was brought to the statements and many thought of Gabbana as nothing more than an internet bully (using his influence to scare people into silence).
What do you think about the comments from Dolce & Gabbana? We are honestly perplexed as hell as to why they would make these statements.
Yes, everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but those with opposing opinions are also entitled to speak out. Freedom of speech is a powerful thing. Racist members of the KKK have the right to free speech, but free speech isn’t free from repercussion.
It’s one thing to agree or disagree with In Vitro, but to say one child is “better” than another is dangerous and hurtful. Not to mention the fact that millions of people who want children simply can’t have children the “natural” way because of medical issues.
The fact that the designers said this and are also gay was disappointing. We’re not saying all gay people must share the same points of view, but when fighting for our own rights such as equality and marriage it looks like the wealthy designers are simply out-of-touch with the ‘real world’ and the real struggles many face.