Controversial remarks made over the weekend by Italian fashion moguls, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana) about in vitro fertilization (IVF) had stirred up anger within the Gay community but the duo have come out to set the records straight.
The pair, gay partners, had kicked against in vitro fertilization that can help two gay men have children. They also came in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father.
They told Italian Magazine Panorama:“We, a gay couple, say no to gay adoptions. Enough chemical children and wombs for rent. Children should have a mother and a father”
But that did not go down well with Elton John who immediately called on other celebrities to boycott Dolce & Gabbana products.
He spat: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF … Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
John, 67, and his husband, David Furnish, married last December after being together since 1993. The pair are parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, both born with the help of a surrogate.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Dolce and Gabbana tried to clear the air.
“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,” Dolce said in the interview.
The two appeared to disagree over IVF with Gabbana seeming more open to the idea while Dolce explained that his Sicilian background engrained in him a belief in the strong, traditional family.