Why Elton John and I won't be buying Dolce and Gabbana (and neither should you)

Mar 16, 2015

Elton John takes on Dolce and Gabbana - photo credit Wikimedia Commons - Hello, Handbag

Dolce and Gabbana, the famous Italian fashion house, just called Elton John's children "synthetic." Here's what they said:

“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. 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." See the original article in Italian fashion magazine Panorama here.

Elton John - who has two lovely children born via in vetro fertilization or "IVF" - took to social media with this utterly articulate statement: "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 fulfill 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 again. #BoycottDolceGabbana"
"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'" - Elton John takes on Dolce and Gabbana - Hello, Handbag
Dolce and Gabbana tried to backtrack, saying "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love." Dolce stated, "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 the damage was done, and other celebrities are now joining the movement. Sharon Stone, who has three adopted children, told E! news, "We must meet this type of cruelty towards children who are in need and want homes and families with love and open homes...To dismiss modern medicine as it helps loving people become loving parents is to dismiss all of the miracles of modern medicine."

Twitter, of course, was on fire. Here are a few responses:

Courtney Love:

Clinton Kelly, beloved cohost of The Chew and What Not To Wear:

Perez Hilton:

Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story:

Ricky Martin, whose music defined my middle school years, had this lovely message for the brand:

Things took yet another turn for the dark side when Stefano Gabbana commented on Elton John's Instagram page, calling him a "fascist" (he later referred to the boycott as "racist" as well):

That last bit is particularly interesting because - get this - in 2006 Gabbana went on the record as wanting to use IVF to have his own children. He told The Daily Mail, “I want my own child, a biological child, the fruit of my sperm, conceived through artificial insemination because it wouldn’t make sense for me to make love to a woman I don’t love.” What made him change his mind?

All of this comes on the heels of a beautiful Dolce and Gabbana show celebrating family at Milan Fashion Week. Mothers carried their children down the runway and a radiant pregnant model joined them. The show was a success, but the benevolent glow surrounding the show is now tinged with the understanding that only traditional families are celebrated. Which makes the whole thing feel contrived.

So, are you joining the #BoycottDolceGabbana movement? Perhaps you're having the same dilemma I did. My imaginary conversation with Elton John went something like this, "EJ, I 100% support you in this boycott. But Dolce and Gabbana is out of my price range - I promise that I will not buy their clothes in the future, but I have never bought their clothes in the past."

Well friends, we have a solution! You and I may not be buying Dolce & Gabbana handbags, but we do buy magazines and watch TV. So here is my solution - I choose to also boycott those who do business with Dolce and Gabbana. If Vogue and Vanity Fair continue to take advertising money from D&G, they don't need my subscription.

At the end of the day, Sharon Stone had an important message: "‘How can I give more to a child in need?'" I urge you to find your own small ways to make a difference and I'd love to hear how you're doing it. Please leave a comment below or tag me in your tweets or instas.

Photo Credit: By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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