Elton John boycotts Dolce & Gabbana

Italian designers Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce greet the audience at the end of their show for Dolce & Gabbana on March 1.
(Filippo Monteforte / AFP/Getty Images)

Sir Elton John went on Instagram to call for a ban on Dolce & Gabbana after the designers said in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama that they oppose gay adoption and in vitro fertilization. “You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog,” Domenico Dolce was quoted as saying.

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

(It’s worth noting here that Dolce and Gabbana were romantically involved for more than 20 years so the sentiments wouldn’t appear to be arising from homophobia.)

Fired John, who has two children conceived through IVF with his husband, David Furnish: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ 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.” [Telegraph]

So far John has won support from celebrities including Ricky Martin, Courtney Love (who threatened to burn all her D&G pieces) and Al Roker. [Washington Post]


Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan Fashion Week presentation on March 1 was a celebration of motherhood called “Viva la mamma.” Perhaps that’s what they were thinking of when they made their controversial comments.