D&G designers Domenico Dolce and Stenafo Gabbana have faced stiff criticism from LGBT rights groups as well as families who’ve had IVF today over the pair’s comments about what they felt made up the ‘biological’ family.
In an interview with an Italian magazine, Gabbana said he believed a child should be brought up by a mother and a father. He also hit out at what he called ‘artificial babies’, in reference to babies born through IVF. “I’m not convinced by those I call the children of chemicals, synthetic children,” he said. “Wombs for rent, sperm chosen from a catalogue … psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”
His partner Dolce, then added that he could not have children because he was gay. “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.”
Both comments were fiercely rebuked by gay rights activists and celebrities with hundreds of gay families posting fun and happy photos of their children online in protest. Most notably, Sir Elton John’s fierce response to the designers comments elicited a flood of support online with his hashtag #boycottdolceandgabbana trending within hours.
Sir Elton who has two children with his long-term partner David Furnish via IVF slammed the designers for what he called ‘archaic’ comments and accused them of judging many other straight families who have also taken advantage of IVF.
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
Other gay celebrities including Ricky Martin also joined Sir Elton in condemning the comments.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) March 16, 2015
Dolce & Gabbana had been recently praised during Milan Fashion Week after showcasing a collection celebrating mothers. The show featured pregnant women walking the catwalk as well as mums carrying babies wearing the designers latest creations.
The designers have since issued statements defending their comments saying they were just expressing their own views about family.