Dolce and Gabbana: "We Did Not Mean to Judge"

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are defending themselves after making controversial comments about same-sex couples becoming parents. Their stance have caused an uproar from the likes of Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Ricky Martin, Ryan Murphy and Courtney Love.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Things are getting worse for Dolce and Gabbana. Stars are banning together with Elton John, who has called for a boycott of the Italian designers. The former couple made the following statement during an interview with the Italian magazine, "Panorama"

“I am not convinced by those I call children of chemicals, synthetic children," Dolce said. "Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue … psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”

Gabbana added, “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

Elton John, who has two children born via surrogate with husband David Furnish, fired back immediately.

"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’?” he said on Instagram. “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 ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Dolce and Gabbana released the following statement this morning, though I doubt it will do anything to quiet the angry voices screaming in unison supporting John's boycott.

“We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” Gabbana said.

Dolce added: “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. “This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”

If there is one thing that we hopefully have all learned with situations like this one is that, while we are all allowed freedom of speech, maybe we should consider the feelings of others before saying hurtful things. Freedom of Speech allows you to openly say whatever you want, but it does not free you of any consequence that might come as a result.


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