4 Stars Who Are Pushing the Dolce & Gabbana Boycott
Elton John is among the stars who have taken a stand against comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the designers behind Dolce & Gabbana. In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, the collaborators are quoted as saying that IVF results in "children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog." The pair were romantically linked before breaking up in 2005, and they acknowledged their sexuality in the interview, which has since been translated. "I am gay, I cannot have a child," Dolce reportedly said. "I guess you cannot have everything in life. Life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family."
On Saturday, Elton responded to the comments on Instagram, sharing a photo of the designers accompanied by a message calling for a boycott of the brand. He also mentioned his and husband David Furnish's children, Zachary and Elijah Furnish-John, who were born through IVF. Following the fallout, Domenico and Stefano released the following statement to the press on Sunday:
"We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people's choices. We believe in freedom and love."
Elton is not alone. Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, and Martina Navratilova have also spoken out, using #boycottdolcegabbana in their social media posts. Keep reading to find out what they said about the trending topic.