UPDATE (Wednesday, Mar. 18, 9:25 a.m. ET): After celebs such as Cher and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy have followed Elton John’s call to boycott, designers Dolce & Gabbana have attempted to “clarify”; their controversial comments about IVF in a new interview with CNN.
“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,” said Domenico Dolce in the interview.
The duo spoke with CNN to claim their words were misinterpreted, saying they aren’t judging anyone’s lifestyle — just expressing their own opinions.
Whether this distinction changes anyone’s mind, however, remains to be seen:
UPDATE (March 17, 4:40 p.m. ET): Cher joins the D&G boycott. The singer posted a series of tweets, directed at the two openly gay fashion designers, one in which she campares the designers to the Tea Party. Take a look at the tweets below.
Ok..Dolce & Gabbana⁉️ Hhmmm….I Didn’t Know They Were Members Of The TEA PARTY
— Cher (@cher) March 17, 2015
I can’t even respond to their insane dismissal, Of Children‼️ CHILDREN ARE TRULY, GODS GIFT TO US. A baby is like xmas morning every DAY — Cher (@cher) March 17, 2015
Had 1experience w/ Their Co.In San Remo, That Made me Question Their Sanity.They Chased Me Down a St. They Thought I Was Stealing Clothes
— Cher (@cher) March 17, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsUPDATE (March 16, 7:40 p.m. ET): Ryan Murphy is the latest celebrity to lash out against Dolce & Gabbana. The Glee and American Horror Story creator has pledged to boycott all products designed by the fashion moguls, and is urging others to do the same. “This is not just a gay issue,”; Murphy tells the Hollywood Reporter. “I know 10 women in my life who used IVF to conceive — and three doing it right now. IVF is a scientific miracle that helps loving families fulfill their dreams. To tell them their choices as women — anyone’s choices on family — are not embraced, well, I don’t think they’ll be traipsing off to a Dolce & Gabbana store to buy clothes anytime soon.”; — UPDATE (March 16, 10:10 a.m. ET): Dolce & Gabbana have responded following Elton John’s vocal opposition to anti-gay comments made by the duo in an Italian magazine regarding same-sex parenting and the conception of children through artificial insemination. (A full blow-by-blow of D&G’s comments and Sir Elton’s passionate condemnation of said comments appears further down the page if you need a refresher.) “I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions,”; said Domenico Dolce in a statement provided to E! News. “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.”; A statement was also released by Stefano Gabbana claiming that there was no judgment attached to the design duo’s controversial comments in Panorama. “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices,”; reads Gabbana’s statement. “We do believe in freedom and love.”; BBC News reports that Gabbana has gotten a bit more aggressive in his response to Elton John’s criticism. The luxury fashion house co-founder has wrapped himself in the Charlie Hebdo evoking phrase “Je Suis D&G”; and has called on the public to #boycotteltonjohn.
(March 15, 2015) Elton John is furious over some anti-gay comments made by famed fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, and is responding by urging a boycott of their entire line. According to Britain’s Telegraph, the fracas began when the designing duo — Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana — gave an interview to an Italian magazine in which they shared their opinions about gay couples adopting children.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic,’ “; wrote Sir Elton in his Instagram post. “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… I shall never wear Docle & Gabbana ever again.”; Sir Elton’s biggest dis: “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.”;
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. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Mar 14, 2015 at 10:29pm PDT